My husband’s car has a flat tire. GRR! And not just any flat tire–it’s punctured on the side wall, so it can’t be patched. Lucky for us, he takes the bus to work, so it’s not causing transportation problems. But, it still means we need to get a new tire or four.
I’ll be shopping for tire deals and I’ll report back what I find. Anyone have tips?
Second, I want to reduce our electric bill. Of three bills, the first two were about $76, but this month’s is $86. I don’t really understand what’s going on. I’m going to unplug every unnecessary thing, make sure the windows are open more often … and whatever else I can come up with. We’ll want to winterize it soon, too, by taping the windows and possibly buying some air vent covers. Covering vents in unused rooms is supposed to reroute the air to affect the rooms you’re using. Anyone know how well this works?
Here’s a link to a story about programmable thermostats. We have one, but hadn’t bothered to program it to change temperatures at different times. We just changed it manually whenever we felt like it. So, programming that contraption is absolutely on my list of things to do.
Finally, I don’t know if this will work, but I’m going to check with our leasing office to see if there’s anything I can do to reduce our rent. In past apartments, I delivered the apartment newsletter (what a waste of paper!) and in university housing, I was a vice president of the council. That earned me $150 and $200/month off my rent, respectively. Quite a chunk! Since it’s a rent reduction and not a paycheck, there’s no tax to mess with.
Anyone have ideas I can pitch to the leasing office? I was thinking I’d offer to deliver the newsletter thing, volunteer my apartment to be a “model” to show to prospective new tenants.
Oh, and here’s a link to a quiz on iVillage called “Are you as frugal as you should be?” It’s a fun little test to see where you stand, and to give you ideas on how to improve.