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 currency 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 legitimately few possessions. I clip coupons and recycle cans and bottles, I don’t have cable or Wi-Fi, so there aren’t a lot of ways I can save even more. I do run my air conditioner a lot, and my weekly utility bills have been getting higher and higher, so I turned my attention to that. If I could find a way to chop down on my climate control costs I could be saving a lot of currency every week. First I tried to insulate all the windows in my apartment 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 a single leading into my kitchen. 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 air conditioner 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.