I got my heating bill yesterday. I always have to hold my breath and say a little prayer before I open it. A prayer that it won't be horrifically high, and if it is, that I won't have a heart attack. Heating costs are pretty high around here in the first place, we have an old and drafty house that is bigger than our last houses have been and, obviously, it's also extremely cold outside! (High yesterday? Two measly degrees.)
Want to know how much it was?
Of course you do.
It was $203.47.
Everyone says that the January and February bills are the highest, so I wasn't surprised that it was higher than my bills have been so far. But this is what I'm paying when I am an absolute Nazi about keeping the heat at 62-65 degrees during the day, and like 50 degrees at night. We have radiator heat, and a brick home, so it almost never falls that low unless it's like 20 below outside, which it has been the last few nights.
I do have a point in my absolute indelicacy (isn't it pretty taboo to tell people what your bills are? Sorry.). In order to actually pay this bill and the next couple (hoping February's isn't any higher!), I'm going to have to keep stretching the dollars even further than I have been.
And I know how to stretch a dollar pretty well, let me tell you. Now, I haven't been using coupons much up here, simply because none of the list sites like Grocery Game have my area on them. But my friend Sharyn recently sent me a link to a blog that lists grocery deals just for the Copper Country. So, now I just need to figure out what newspaper to get for the national coupons since our local newspaper doesn't even do a Sunday delivery, much less have Sunday coupons.
But I'm stretching it pretty far in as many ways as I can. Now I want to know what your favorite penny pinching tips are.
Help me pay my heating bill.