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poverty 2

Posted on 2012.04.27 at 16:20
I've been making automatic, flat-rate payments on my 3 utility bills, and am now acquiring a CREDIT on all of them. This will build up over the months, more and more credit, as a safety/savings. I tried to go on a "budget plan" on GAS, to even payments out to the same each month, but they can't estimate my future usage until I have been here a year or so. But I am making a set payment per month anyway, as my own budget plan. I am so together.

I conserve water. I use (grey) dishwater to flush my toilet, and I wash clothes in bathwater. etc. My monthly "water" bill is about $35 - and this includes sewer, garbage pick-up, state existence tax, etc. Today I called and asked why my water charge - the meter reading - was always the same. They said it was because THEY HAVEN'T STARTED CHARGING ME FOR WATER YET. They are so not together. So, they have to come in to the always-pissed nether neighbour's basement to read my meter, and then charge me for all my water use since I first got here. And here I was, thinking that I have been saving money, conserving and all. I was thinking my bill could be even SMALLER! Ugh!!!! So, now I have to put off spending until this is taken care of, AFTER I get my next bill! And I'm already paying way more than I should, because I produce virtually no garbage for them to pick up! And 2/3rds of THAT is recyclable. When will I ever be free of other people's untogetherness?!?!?

A recent study shows that independent, left-alone people ARE MORE CREATIVE. Right? Cuz THAT'S WHERE ECONOMY COMES FROM! How are we supposed to grow a new economy when we are everywhere beset by bureaucrats, privatisers, bullies and thieves - all looking at us like we are the job destroyers! We are the potential terriblists! Now, whenever I have any conversation with any utility company, etc., they are talking like I - like EVERYONE - is months late on their bills and is calling to just to argue. (Fortunately, I have a sexy voice but not everyone has this!) E.g., last time I called the gas company, they were nagging at me for past due, when I had already paid in full, and so were being incredibly patronising. And my downstairs neighbour acts like a frickin 4-year-old, just like he's supposed to - I guess. WTF?! And it's only destined to get more and more ridiculous. I sure am Andy Rooney today. I'm going to make some CDs now...

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noisywallflower
noisywallflower at 2012-04-28 00:21 (UTC) (Lien)
I use grey water in the summer for a lot of my gardening.
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madman101 at 2012-04-28 01:56 (UTC) (Lien)
you are impressive, in my book!

i hate that your dad thinks you are trying to spread your communism just because you used soy milk in his potatoes, ha ha! - errrrrrrrrrrr!
noisywallflower
noisywallflower at 2012-04-28 02:58 (UTC) (Lien)
He does not like new things, especially as of late. I actually thought the soy milk in the mashed potatoes tasted good!
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beautyizdead at 2012-04-28 01:21 (UTC) (Lien)
Omg you sound like me. I am the cheapest person around. I wash my clothes in the tub also. lol. People say its weird and gross but really who cares, I am saving money. I always get yelled out for telling people to put more clothes on instead of turning the heat up or even on.
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madman101 at 2012-04-28 02:10 (UTC) (Lien)
ha ha - ok, correction - you were supposed to say, "Omg you sound like me, COMPLETELY AMAZING!"

yes - washing in the tub saves money but it sucks for me cuz I'm not great with bending over and working - makes my cfs bad. but hey - i found a little trick to stop that awful musty smell the clothes get from not being in a drier...

after you bleach whites, use the bleach-water to quickly rinse out the other stuff you washed.

i think you sound like a great roommate - except for the whole serial killer thing - and it doesn't matter how you dress cuz you look different every day!
Emily
humoresques at 2012-04-28 01:47 (UTC) (Lien)
I'm going to start doing what you're doing now that I'll be living on my own for the first time ever!
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madman101 at 2012-04-28 02:18 (UTC) (Lien)
that can be exciting! plus scarey. i hope i can follow your transition and help in any way i can!! i think the most important thing might be this: SAVINGS. knowing you have savings really reduces stress and builds confidence - AND HEALTH!! and since banks and paper money aren't the greatest investment in these troubled times, i also mention to people that they should consider saving silver/gold coins, and bulk food!

here's 2 really great communities which you might like:

poor_skills

naturalliving
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