Bills, bills, bills!
Dammit. I forgot about this whole thing. What's the point of cutting down on grocery and makeup purchasing when you have UNEXPECTEDLY HIGH BILLS ALL OF A SUDDEN?
Unexpectedly high bill #1: Cable/internet/phone bill
Remember how I got TV because, due to a 3-month promotion, it was cheaper to have TV than not to have TV? (I'll wait while you go and read so you can understand how that works). So anyway, just like the TV company wanted, I fell in love with having TV and decided to pay for it. So, to get all of the channels I wanted (which includes HBO because I need to watch Game of Thrones live, obviously) I had to add on all of these packages. And so when I got the bill it was... kind of high.
But the plan is that once Game of Thrones is over for the season (i.e. Sunday) and The Killing and United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie have their finales (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) then I will cancel the more expensive bits of TV (HBO, AMC and Showtime).
Then, it's necessary to keep cable through the month of July for TOUR DE FRANCE (this is non-negotiable) and then I may cancel TV altogether.
We shall see.
Unexpectedly High Bill #2: Electricity
For mysterious reasons, my electricity was about $80 more than usual. I have no idea what this is about. I phoned the city, and the very nice woman on the phone explained that they base most of the bills on an average electricity use, and then when they measure the actual meter (a few times a year) they will bill me for the difference.
But she said that electricity is $20 just to have, plus about $15 for a fridge, and then maybe $4 for using a TV. So... why was my bill $120? The only other things I plug in lately are my oscillating fan and sometimes my iPod speakers.
So, she suggested that I should go down and check the electric meter myself every month for the next little bit to get an idea of how much my consumption actually is. Hopefully if it keeps being a normal $40ish, then they will credit me back some of the $120? Because unless I have a deep freeze and run an air conditioner and washing machine every day for 12 hours, that should not be how much I'm paying.
|So now I get to be a detective and investigate The Case of the High Electric Bill.|
Bleh. Stupid bills. Money just feels so wasted when it goes towards something that I didn't pick out myself. And it's scary to be charged money for things that I haven't actually done - i.e., using $120 worth of electricity.
Whatever. I'm going to go bake something delicious and then paint my nails something fun. You see, it's not so bad!