Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Phone Bill... next month will be cheaper!

My phone bill was paid yesterday and it was $33.12.  As you may recall, I have been debating about canceling the home phone service.  I know in all ways it makes no sense to have it, considering I rarely use it, but I just can't bring myself to make the switch yet.  But, I did discover a way to cut my bill down a little.  

I have caller ID.  I love caller ID.  So, while canceling it would save me money, I am not willing to do that as long as I can afford it.  It is well worth the monthly fee not to have to talk to the telemarketers and election ads that bombard us all!  But I did discover that our $9.95 caller ID fee is actually comprised of two fees - $6.00 for the number and $3.95 for the name.  So I just called and had them drop the name part of the caller ID display.  With tax, I think I will be saving about $4.28 a month - or over $50 a year! 

I also have found a way to save money on my U-Verse TV (cable) bill.  I will explain that in another post in the next couple days.

And speaking of bills, I mailed my water bill today - $25.98.  I am thankful that I live somewhere that I can have clean, safe water delivered right into my home.  But I am curious, are my water rates average compared to other parts of the country?  What do you pay each month for water?


  1. Your water bill sounds average to me. In my two bedroom, two bath apartment in a college town, I paid about $20-$25 per month for water and sewer. Unfortunately, where I live now, water and sewer (it's mostly the sewer) rates are ridiculous. It can easily be upwards of $50 per month for two people!

  2. That's not a bad rate. Unfortunately, my water bill is just that - water. Sewer is separate. Combined it is just under $50 a month. Thank you for your thoughts!

  3. I live in northwest Arkansas, and my water bill is generally between $35 and $40 a month. Water is piped from a man-made lake a few miles away.

    I moved here 6 years ago from southeast Wisconsin (literally on the edge of Lake Michigan) and my water bill was about $38 every three months, so water costs 3x more here. That was a shock to my system!