Know Your Numbers

Frugal Tuesday Tip

When I received my water bill last month, I was a little concerned.  It is normally about $37, and this bill was about $45.

My guard was up, but with 6 kids, laundry, cooking, cleaning, baths, etc. I thought it could be just a fluctuation.

Fast forward another month and the bill was $62.  I knew we had a leak somewhere.  I checked all of the toilets, no problems.

Fixed faucet that is no longer dripping!

My search led me outside to the hose faucets.  BINGO.  The faucet had a slight leak and water that we are paying for was dripping into the ground.  I went to the hardware store and bought a shut-off valve, and for about $5, I was able to stop that leak.

It appears through the billing amount that the leak had just started towards the end of the first billing cycle that was higher than I expected or that the leak was gradually getting worse.  I don’t know which, but I do know that knowing what you are expecting your bills to be helps when it comes to problems.

This is only a temporary fix, but it will work until the weather warms up.  The whole unit needs to be replaced, but it is a big job.  I know because we already had to do it to our hose faucet out back.  Bummer!

If I didn’t know what my bill should have been, I might have missed it for another month or two, which would have wasted even more water and money.  Know your numbers, it will help your wallet!

3 thoughts on “Know Your Numbers

  1. You are so right! I am watching my electric bill right now. It went up $50 for December. We don’t plug out tree in that much, but that could be it. I am waiting on the next bill to see if we have a bigger issue. Great tip!

    • Thank you. I tried to link to your blog this morning, but it wasn’t working and I was in a hurry. I hope you don’t mind that I used Thanks for your encouraging comment!

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