When I grow up, I am going to be rich.
When I was a kid, I guess about 6 or 7 years old, our teacher asked everyone in the class, what they wanted to be when they grow up. Some of the kids said doctors, some of them said astronauts and some said truck drivers. My answer was fast and confident.”I want to be rich”.
20 Years Later
20 years down the line I have not yet achieved my goal. I still have to count the pennies, and right now I’m going through austerity measures to try and cut down on my expenditure and increase my disposable income; my financial accounts do not represent a rich life style, and there are no great prospects of becoming financially free in the near future.
So, my austerity measures: at the moment I am concentrating on my gas. My gas fuel bill was ridiculous; it was taking up my pub money. Guess I shouldn’t have mentioned the pub; now you know why I’m not rich yet.
My bill has been going up month on month for gas, not just because of the increasing crisis of fuel and energy, but I would say because the weather is getting colder, and I’m consuming more energy. I remember the time, in January 2011, when I spent ₤300.00 to heat my house. All of this went on oil as I wasn’t on the gas main line. I remember thinking that when I get on the gas line I would be happy.
Now I Have Gas, But . . .
Now I am, but it is still expensive. So my first step is to look around and find better prices for my gas. There are so many gas providers out there; it can be confusing. So I ran straight to price comparison websites like Uswitch, MoneySupermarket etc. I found a better deal, so I chose it.
Having already been through the cooling off period, a few people suggested to me that it might have been better to talk to suppliers direct and negotiate promo rates. I don’t know whether that would have made a difference, but I’d love to hear from people whether it made a difference in their negotiations, and how they managed to wangle the optimum offers.
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Anyway, if I were asked what I want to be when I grow up again, my answer would remain the same. I want to be rich.
But for now, comfortable will do.
So my next phase will be looking at how I consume my energy. I’m going to be slimming down my electricity bill one habit at a time, one appliance at a time, and one light off at a time.
While I plan my future austerity measures, has anyone got any more tips as to how I can reduce my energy consumption?
Author Byline: Phil Turner is still taking baby steps on the road to riches including trying to cut fuel bills using pages like http://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/who-supplies-my-electricity-and-gas/ to help him.
- Reduce Your Energy Bill (dangerouslee.biz)