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Old 08-11-10, 06:52 AM   #41
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Post She's a hot one out!

Here's what July's bills were like:

Natural Gas - $31.02
Electricity - $86.28
Water - $64.31

Other expenses:

Cable/WiFi - $61.50
Telephone - $44.91
Insurance - $24.50
Condo Fees - $125.00
Property Tax - $109.26
Debt Interest - $383.23

Total July '10 Housing Costs: $930.01

Rent collection from roommates: $1,540.00

Monthly Surplus: $609.99

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It is HOT 85*F in the house! My roommates don't seem to understand that keeping the windows open during the daytime heat doesn't help cool the place! The furnace fan is running 24/7 now to keep air circulating (the new windows and door seal the place up almost too well) so electricity costs went up a little. Lots of cold showers throughout the day too.


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Old 08-17-10, 09:24 AM   #42
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It is HOT 85*F in the house! My roommates don't seem to understand that keeping the windows open during the daytime heat doesn't help cool the place!
Hey Peak,

It may be a bit late in the season for this, but if you put a soaker hose or yard sprinkler on the roof of your place and a timer that will activate it every 20 minutes or so, for about a minute or two duration (the right timer is the toughest part of the system to obtain, but they do exist), the evaporation of the water will give you a considerable amount of cooling for not so much money.

I suggested this to a friend that was suffering from the heat in her convenience store job. After the sprinkler setup, the inside temp dropped ten degrees. Seventy five-degrees is much easier to live with than eighty-five degrees.

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Old 08-17-10, 10:45 AM   #43
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Very interesting idea... I might have to try that.
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Old 09-15-10, 01:59 AM   #44
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Cool 100% Self-Employed!

Well I took a giant leap in August. I quit my day job and I'm loving all this extra free time! A housemate moved out of the 'reject room' and the new guy that moved in is paying $140/week rent! ($20/day = $600/month!)

Here's what August's financials ended up being:

Natural Gas - $31.02
Electricity - $86.28 (both gas and electric were exactly the same as last month... weird)
Water - $61.48

Other expenses:

Cable/WiFi - $101.78 (big increase because housemates wanted extra channels)
Telephone - $47.38
Insurance - $24.50
Condo Fees - $125.00
Property Tax - $109.26
Debt Interest - $382.01

Total July '10 Housing Costs: $968.71

Rent collection from roommates: $1,610.00

Monthly Surplus: $641.29

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It's been raining a lot here in Saskatchewan and with the end of summer temperatures have cooled substantially outside (overnight lows around 45*F). There was a big jump in cable/wifi prices, but I'm in the midst of swindling a "student" offer where we could get both services for $50/month for 8 months.
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Old 09-15-10, 07:16 AM   #45
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Glad to hear you're loving the new occupation.

BTW, what is free time? I've been working 10-12 hr days for almost a year now. The money is nice, but I didn't get anything done this summer...
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Old 09-16-10, 10:57 PM   #46
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Holy smokes! 12 hour days?! *dies inside* I can't imagine such a situation.
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Post Getting ready for winter...

Here's what the month of September ended up being like:

Natural Gas - $43.72
Electricity - $46.16
Water - $46.87

Other expenses:

Cable/WiFi - $10.98 (much lower because of prorated service)
Telephone - $61.24
Insurance - $24.50
Condo Fees - $150.00
Property Tax - $109.26
Debt Interest - $380.98

Total July '10 Housing Costs: $873.71

Rent collection from roommates: $1,157.14

Monthly Surplus: $283.43
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This month had pretty low bills considering one housemate hasn't paid rent (and it undergoing 24 hour eviction as I type) and a condo fee increase. Still looking good!
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Here's what the month of October ended up being like:

Natural Gas - $48.43
Electricity - $83.42
Water - $53.83

Other expenses:

Cable/WiFi - $60.44
Telephone - $45.08
Insurance - $24.50
Condo Fees - $150.00
Property Tax - $109.26
Debt Interest - $380.15
Eviction papers - $50.00

Total July '10 Housing Costs: $1,005.11

Rent collection from roommates: $891.43

Monthly Deficit: $113.68
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What a crazy month! The one housemate refused to pay rent and was removed from the household. Then once we got a new housemate moved in, the money he paid me went missing from my wallet just hours before I was heading to the bank. Hopefully next month will be much better.

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Wow haha, crazy month indeed.
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Old 01-03-11, 03:52 PM   #50
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Thumbs up Back to stability and a surplus

Here's what November's costs came up to:

Natural Gas - $81.32
Electricity - $82.44
Water - $50.79

Other expenses:

Cable/WiFi - $49.95
Telephone - $44.08
Insurance - $24.50
Condo Fees - $150.00
Property Tax - $109.26
Debt Interest - $378.44

Total July '10 Housing Costs: $970.78

Rent collection from roommates: $1,670.00

Monthly Surplus: $699.22
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My last bill (my phone service) got lost in the mail so that's why it took forever for a complete update. The household is running perfect with all three housemates paying rent on a weekly basis now. Cold temperatures have set in permanently and the thermostat is set at 22*C.

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