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The Utility Bills

August 6th, 2012 at 05:49 am

We received all of our new utility bills. The phone, internet, basic tv is the worst. It is a combined bill and includes installation and activation fees. It is also prorated for the first month and then the full amount for August. It's nearly $300! It looks like monthly it is about $110, which still seems a bit crazy. We have never paid for 'cable' before. We are a much more rural this time and wanted to make sure we had at least basic reception...which is about $30 a month.

The water was better at about $80. It includes trash, water, sewer and sewer debt (of $18). I would rather pay $18 a month for sewer lines than to do without!!

And the electric bill was not for a full month and it was during the hottest month ever. Well it sure felt like it! It came in at $98.

Now it's time to pay them. And figure out which paycheck I should/can pay them from going forward. Time to budget!!

5 Responses to “The Utility Bills”

  1. snafu Says:

    Shocking how expensive utilities have soared, what is the sum less installation & activation? It's important to be cognizant of 'Phantom Power,' those KWH used by computer, TV, and any instant-on appliance. The highest draw appliance is an electric dryer. Can you hang clothes instead?

    Have you considered dropping the land phone and relying on cell service? The number of subscribers dropping land phones has been substantial. Is it inconvenient taking the phone room to room? What happens if the system is overwhelmed or power goes out.

  2. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    Did you inform them that you were military, alot of time they will have activation fees.

  3. North Georgia Gal Says:

    Wow! That is some cable/phone/internet bill. Hopefully it will go down alot by next month.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is quite a lot for installation/activation fees. They sure get you wherever they can. Yikes!

  5. Jerry Says:

    I had to pay over $50 for the installation of our new cable/internet/phone... and it turned out that I had to do the actual installation myself! They just sent me a box and instructions and I had to get to it. I guess we ended up paying for the router or something, but that was supposed to be free. This leads me to wonder about how this fee came to be, but I don't suppose there is any way around it. As long as the service has some insurance of being reliable I won't complain too loudly.
    Jerry

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