I have always been thrifty, but recently I have started kicking things up a notch. The cost of living keeps going up and up, and since I am on the fixed income I can’t get a raise, so if I need extra money I have to start saving on my costs. This is fairly difficult because I live fairly close to the bone as it is. You could call my existence “spartan” because I own very few possessions. I clip coupons and recycle cans and bottles, I don’t have cable or wifi, so there aren’t a lot of ways I can save even more. I do run my air conditioner a lot, and my monthly utility bills have been getting higher and higher, so I turned my attention to that. If I could find a way to cut down on my climate control costs I could be saving a lot of money every month. First I tried to insulate all the windows in my house more carefully, to help trap that cooling inside so it couldn’t escape. Then I closed off most of the air vents in the house, other than the one leading into my bedroom. My thought process was that cooling down a single room would cost a whole lot less than trying to cool down the entire house. And it turns out I was right, my changes to A/C use lead to an instant drop in my next utility bill! Who knew something as small as closing off some air vents would lead to such a big change in price.