Yes, I am saying look at your bills closely and make sure you understand the charges you are paying for, but also if you have a scanner for your computer, SCAN your bills, and use that as your permanent record.
I have always found that filing paper just gives me the chance to start “filing by pile” and soon the “pile” becomes a “heap” which in turn becomes a mountain of paper, which I eventually spend hours sifting through, which is something I am loath to do.
I have started to scan my bills (again, I did this a couple of years ago), and if I feel I have too big a “build up” on my PC, I can simply make an archive CD of the data and store that somewhere safe. This image has allowed me to compare what I was paying for Natural Gas two years ago and today and see:
- Last year at this time I was paying 23.41 cents/cubic meter
- This year I am paying 41.19 cents/cubic meter
Isn’t that great? No, I am not saying it is great that my Natural Gas charges have gone up almost 100% over 1 year, but I now KNOW I am being gouged, isn’t that great? No, it’s not, but being informed makes you do things.