Saving Money on Your Bills

Because the cost of living is rising,  my husband and I are trying to cut back on some monthly expenses wherever possible.

Yesterday I made a few phone calls that saved us over $100/month ~ and all I had to do was just call some of our providers!  For example, our trash pick up costs are going through the roof.  After shopping around I realized we could nearly cut our current bill in half.  When I called our current provider and explained that their prices were just too high for us, they immediately offered to meet the competition’s price because we have been “loyal customers for over a decade.”

Well, this was a good thing!

So I called our phone company (we use Vonage), and discussed lowering our plan with them or even getting rid of our land line all together.  Vonage didn’t want to lose our business and again we were found to be long-time “loyal customers” who paid their bills on time.  So they also cut our bill in half and even gave us a better plan!   {By the way, if anyone wants to switch to VOiP with Vonage, feel free to use this link   &  we’ll both get a month free.  Vonage is good like that.  You can earn months  &  months free for referring people. }

I have a few more phone calls to make today as I shop around for competitive prices &  as I also simply eliminate some of the services that we can do without.

Do you have any money saving tips to share?




Mt. Laundry

By: Donna Graham

On top of Mt. Fold Me,

all covered with jeans,

I lost my poor dryer sheet,

in the warm Spring Fresh breeze…

Mt. Fold Me!  A dear friend of mine gave this name to her mountainous pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded, and I’ve adopted it myself!  Often when I see my own mound of clothes piled high on my couch I can’t help but smile at the thought of climbing Mt. Fold Me.  But it wasn’t always this way…

There was a time, early in my marriage, when whose turn it was to ‘do laundry’ became a bone of contention.  My husband and I resolved this issue by taking our weekly pile to the Laundromat each Saturday morning and getting it all done at once, together.

But that was when we both had full time jobs outside of the house.  I knew when I decided to be a stay-at-home-mom that taking care of the laundry would be part of my new job description. I was a little resentful.

My ugly thoughts were not always vocalized, but often they would show themselves

through the quality of my work.  Most weeks my husband would have to search the dryer for missing articles, socks would not be turned right side out before being folded…if they were folded at all, shirts were often thrown haphazardly on a hanger…

But it seems the Lord even cares about little things like our attitude when doing laundry. Isn’t it funny how He often chooses to soften our hearts?  When the Lord opened my eyes to my unloving ways, He encouraged me to show my husband and children love through my mundane household chores.  Laundry seemed like the best place to start.

Over the years the Lord has continued to encourage me to be a cheerful giver through such household chores, even when a musty pair of pajamas (found under a bed) shows up the moment I declare my mountain conquered!

2 Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Wave to me from on top of your mountain, hum this little tune, and I bet a smile will find its way to your lips.

Donna is an Excellent Wife to Alan and homeschooling mom to two wonderful children.  Their family resides in California where they learn, play, and worship the Lord together.