I am happy because this month is the first time in a long time that I am back to only electricity, internet and phone bills. Ok, so I have to get the propane tank filled every month and haul my own trash but those are more like chores than bills.
Now that my tenants are paying for their own utilities I am only responsible for myself. The last water bill came in for $3.50. Trash was $16. Sewer was $16.50. The gas company gave me money back because I paid in advance. I called the cable company today to find out if I owe them or they owe me. Turns out they owe me so I should get a check soon.
Then I got my Qwest internet bill. This is for my internet at the RV and has been $37 every month since last year. The new bill was $43. Uh oh. It went up. This is why they told me to sign up for the 'price for life' plan. I didn't sign up because I wasn't sure where I would be living. Now that I know I am staying in the RV for a while I decided that it would be safe to sign up. I called Qwest and inquired about the rates. The customer service person told me that my bill would go back to $37 if I signed up for the 'price for life' which is really only a 2 year contract. I'm not sure if I believe her since the price on the internet said the price is $40 but at least it is less than $43. I also found out that next month my bill would have gone up to $50. I had a partial month credit for last month. Good thing I called. Then she tried to sell me home phone service... no thanks, satellite TV...no thanks, and cell phone...oh wait...Qwest partners with Verizon now and I already have Verizon so they gave me another $5 off when I agreed to combine my billing statements. Sounds good to me. I never would have thought that I qualified for another discount. I'm glad I called.
Now I only have 2 re-occurring bills: electricity and internet/cell phone. Some day I'll have solar power and get rid of the electric bill too (or perhaps sell power back to the electric company). For now, 2 bills make my life much simpler.