I admire you on your plan on cutting the cable with Direct t.v. or any t.v. company, it really is a lot money, the money you spend per month you could put it away for a “Prepper” day.
My wife and I had just talked about doing the same thing starting Jan. 2014, we have Roku and we listen to Pandora, the music channel, also she like to watch the Hope channel along with Crackle. Also you can get Hulu for $7.00 per month. The only thing she will miss is the Joyce Meyer channel.
Another way we save money is by NOT turning on lights at night, if I want to read I use an oil lamp, we eat dinner by oil lamp, so far we have gotten our electric bill down to $30.00 per month. We used to heat our hot water by a furnace (oil heat ), and oil was running me $125.00 per week, so went out and bought an electric hot water tank, problem solved. In our bed room we have a small gas log fire place that we keep on low, have only used 15 gallons since Nov. 19. Just filled it up Tuesday to 80 gallons should last me till Feb. In the main living room we have a pellet stove. Keep it set for 50 degrees at night, during the day will have it on at 75 till the sun comes around the back side of the house then we turn it back down and leave the curtains open and let the sun warm the room. We use the kerosene heater in my wife’s office and then we keep it low.
On real cold days we turn the kerosene heater on with the pellet stove as our living room is rather large and it takes quite a bit to warm, but that is only when we have family a friends over!!
We do have radiant heat but like I said oil is very expensive!! Any way to save money helps and I know with children it can be a challenge!!
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From Rourke: Thanks for sharing your experience. I cannot begin to imagine a $30 electric bill. You right though – with having two boys in the house it is pretty difficult keeping electricity usage down.