Little House on the Hill and the Costs of Keeping It
Cable/Internet, $92.67 I thought of switching to limited cable for $12.30/month, but I don't watch local channels. I like HGTV, FSN, and Food Network.
Phone, $34.91, I researched switching to Vonage, we don't use the phone hardly at all so their $14.99 plan looked really good, but the fact that if the power or cable goes out you lose phone service worries me. We don't have a cell phone (GASP!!!) and I do not ever want to lose the ability to call 911, if the fire we had this month had been worse and we couldn't call 911, I don't even want to think about it.
Electricity, $81.83/month budget billing plan, need to make sure it doesn't go up for 2007.
Water, Sewer, Garbage, $105/January. These services come bundled and are billed every other month. Garbage is pretty much a fixed cost unless we have extra trash $29/month. I'm going to assume Sewer is fixed as I can't think of a way to reduce it, roughly $46/month, Water of course fluctuates but I'm working on lowering it, the hard part is because we don't have a dishwasher we tend to handwash the dishes every day, for January $31.51.
Here's a link to an FCC consumer advisory regarding VOIP phone service and 911.