I have consistently been thrifty, but recently I have started kicking things up a notch. The cost of residing keeps going up plus up, plus since I am on the fixed income I can’t get a raise, so if I need extra money I have to beginning saving on our costs. This is fairly difficult because I live fairly close to the bone as it is. You could call our existence “spartan” because I own entirely few possessions. I clip coupons plus recycle cans plus 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 our air conditioner a lot, plus our daily utility bills have been getting higher plus higher, so I turned our attention to that. If I could find a way to split down on our climate control costs I could be saving a lot of money every week. First I tried to insulate all the windows in our 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 a single leading into our dining room. 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 conditioner 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.