We have been lucky with our weather temps here, for they have been cool enough to turn off the AC and open the windows for the majority of the summer (except for a few days here and there when the temps did reach 100), which has cut our energy bill in 1/2 if not more.
As stated above, we don't go out to eat much except on special occasions and have been trying to plan out meals at home so that we can shop the grocery store wisely.
But lately there are things we have done that have made us laugh so much it hurt...
Did you know that if you turn on the alarm of your alarm clock, it takes more energy for that little thing to make a noise at a certain time???
And, if, you press "snooze", it takes even more energy for that little appliance to count to 10 minutes and then start the alarm again??? Can you imagine how much energy you are paying for if you press the "snooze" again???
Well, Robert (older son) came up with a better way to make sure that he was woken up at 6am on Tuesday morning...
"Wake me up at 6:00am"and staged them in several key places that I would see when I got up in the morning (my morning routine is to get up around 4:15-4:30am and get on my stationary bike so that I can get my exercise in before the day really starts). One was set on the book easel on the stationary bike that I set the laptop on while I ride. Seeing the "wake up call request" at this location is somewhat a sure thing, as long as I get my butt out of bed and on the bike before the required wake up call. Robert was lucky this day that his notice was seen, for there has been some mornings I haven't been able to get out of bed for my early morning exercise...however he must of thought about that, for all day long I found white index cards all over the house, which just made me laugh all day long. There was one by my bed (hoping that I would see it when I woke up), one on the laundry pile outside our bedroom (hoping that it would get noticed when I walked out of my room)...well, I guess he was lucky that I got out of bed before 6am to see those notices.
And as far as a "snooze" button...when your mother wakes you up - throws off the covers and turns on the light so it shines on your face - you better wake up because you don't want to find out what mother's "snooze" button is :)
Having all boys/men in the household, getting their hair cut is pretty easy. You walk-in to the nearest Great Clips, sit in their chair and when asked how you want their hair cut, you point to the picture of the boys with a very short shaved cut, saying "that one". The $15 hair cut consist of the person taking out their razor, attaching either the no. 2 or no. 3 measuring attachment and "zzzzziiiippping" the hair off on the floor. In 5 minutes, they hop off the seat with a shaved cut and your wallet is $15 + $2 tip lighter.
Three guys in the household equals $51 a month or $612 a year in grooming expenses. So what is the solution...get your own WAHL hair cutting kit and start grooming your boys/men at home.
Well, we have seen informertials about the WAHL clipper and have thought about this very thing. One day as the whole family was tooling around our local Target store, we see one of these kits for $21. And, laughing uncontrollably in the middle of the aisle, we decide that we would invest in this and cut out the need for visits to Great Clips.