I'm excited to say my efforts to lower the utilities' bill is paying off. I managed to go from over $225 at the beginning of the year, down to $175.59 last month and down to $148.63 this month. I'm not doing any heroic efforts. I dry bedding and towels in the dryer, but hang everything else. I cook in bulk when I can. I insist on the thermostat remaining steady and on lights being turned off when a room is empty. That is it. Nothing special and nothing difficult.
On the chatter front, my Aldi finally opened back up. My goodness, it is nice! They were offering as part of their grand re-opening a $10 off of $50 coupon and a free bag. We went in and bought some of the things we were out of. I also bought snacks that my husband requests....he had just commented that I hadn't bought any since they had closed. I admit I hate to pay the other stores' prices. I spent just over $100. $10 was for a cheesecake dessert for company. I spent another $40 in snacks and nut free crackers. Then I bought $50 of pantry items that we were running low on. I'm just glad they're back open. (My last trip at Walmart didn't fill the cart and I spent almost $200. I have truly missed Aldi!)