I have constantly been thrifty, however 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 our costs. This is fairly hard because I live fairly close to the bone as it is. You could call our existence “spartan” because I own legitimately 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 our air conditioner a lot, and our bi-weekly energy bills have been getting higher and higher, so I turned our attention to that. If I could find a way to cut down on our temperature control costs I could be saving a lot of money every week. First I tried to insulate all the windows in our home 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 our 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, our changes to air conditioning use lead to an instant drop in our next utility bill! Who knew something as small as closing off some air vents would lead to such a big change in price.