52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Five

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It was a tough week when it came to the saving challenge. I had high hopes that with the first month’s bills coming in, I would have good numbers which would net me savings with my water, gas and electric bills. Unfortunately that didn’t work out, and all three bills were more this month than they were for the same month last year. The result was that I failed to save any money in these areas, and I had planned this to be the majority of my savings this week.

Water Bill

The water bill came to $129.49 this month, while it was $102.32 in January 2013. That’s about $27 more, which is a pretty significant increase, and it’s certainly not where I would have liked to see i


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4 Responses to 52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Five

  1. Paulette says:

    Slightly weaker than you. Big suck of semi-annual insurance, mortgage, utilities and car loan. Thirteen dollars were returned to me from public market deli shopping, decided to keep two for psychological comfort (to have something to deposit perhaps on Friday, if the sixth week turns out disastrous) and deposit the rest, all eleven dollars, woohoo. “That’s all there is, there isn’t any more.”

  2. We have a bit increased for our electricity bill last month and hopefully it will decrease this month. I’ve upgraded my internet subscription because of the new policy and I badly needed a limited internet connection.

  3. Lee says:

    Hi! I’m enjoying the savings challenge. And my husband is actually going right along with it and helping by reminding me to do the savings jar. So far, we are going from the smallest to largest, but we’ve had it each week to save, so that’s a big step for us.
    I believe everyone’s utilities are more this year. I don’t think it has to do so much with your conservation in these areas, as it is how expensive utilities have gotten. They are probably charging more for the usage. That’s what I think. Check it out.

  4. Jo says:

    Lee definitely has a point re: the high cost of utilities, especially those hard hit with winter weather and using natural gas. My house is all electricity and I KNOW that bill will be through the roof, higher that it has been in a long time. It’s going to be a no-win for many living in the path of all the storms that have come through. And it’s only the beginning of February. :-( Ah well, life goes on.

    I do believe that getting ahead will indeed be very tough for many this year.

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