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    Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    What do all of you fellow homeowners pay in monthly costs for utilities and cell phone, etc? I've been at my house for five years but really have no clear idea on whether or not we are getting ripped off. I'll make a list of my stuff and if you want to you can too, but don't have to! :)

    Alliant gas/electric: $125 average
    Trash: $22
    Water/sewer: $30
    Mediacom internet: $45
    DirecTV: $65
    US Cellular: $120
    Total: $ ~410

    So are these high/low, etc?


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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    Those seem reasonable. Your energy bills seems low compared to mine for MidAmerican. A lot of that depends on size and age of the home though.



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    You've been in one spot for 5 years and only pay that for you Satellite/Internet? Wow, how the hell do you do that? Just switch every two years?



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    You gas/electric bills are incredibly low. I paid about $300 just for those two utilities at my house last month (in Chicago).

    You can get that cable and internet bill down even lower. I currently get a package that Comcast prices at ~$150 for $82.50 a month for a year. It helps that we have RCN and AT&T as local competitors. I also built my own DVR with cable card, an HDHomeRun Prime, and a PC running MythTV. While the upfront cost of building that out was high, I can also watch TV on any device in my home (laptop, phone, pc, ps3).

    How many smart phones do you have? My wife and I pay $170 a month to verizon for two phones (1 with unlimited data, 1 with 200 MB).

    Water is similar.



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    we are looking at switching from Cable to Direct or Dish. So I too, would like to know how the hell you got that price. We don't pay trash/sewer and since you're in a house instead of an apartment like us, your heating bill being a higher average seems what I would expect.

    Is the phone bill two phones with data plans?



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    2,000 Sq Foot House, Built in 1967, Partially Finished Basement. 3 Adult residents right now, brother living with us.


    Mid American Gas/Elect - $120 Average (Need to work on better insulating this year)
    Urbandale Water & Trash - $50
    Century Link Internet - $25
    Cable - $9 (No Cable, Netflix Instant)
    US Cellular - $65.00 (2 Lines w Texting, No Smart Phones)

    Total ~$269

    I don't have Cable or Smart Phones though, heater does not go above 68 degrees.



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    Monthly Charges
    Car Insurance-$45 for an 08 Infiniti and a 13 Acura/1k deductabile
    Mediacom-$70 for Internet only
    Verizon-$136 for two smart phones w/unlimited data, 700 minutes talk, and one with unlimited text
    Directv-$110 3 DVR's that let me record 8 different programs at same time. No premium channels like HBO
    MidAmerican $112 2,000sqft house using budget bill
    Water/Garbage $50


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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    3 kids and our monthly bills are all over the map
    I'd say on Average-
    Gas and Electric (10 year old 2700 sq ft) is around $200 in winter.
    Water and sewer 75
    Qwest Internet- 50
    US Cellular 100
    Dishnetwork 85


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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    Just throw your garbage in your neighbor's cans, $22 savings in the bank.



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
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    Car Insurance-$45 for an 08 Infiniti and a 13 Acura/1k deductabile
    That is incredibly low for those kinds of cars. We pay about $115/month for 07 Mustang and 04 Envoy. Deductible is $500.

    I just went to the cheapest internet from about $75/month, I have the lowest DirecTV package with a bunch of new customer discounts (yes we switch every two years), and we both have smart phones but my wife gets a 20% teachers' discount with US Cellular. We are also on an older plan that is no longer offered.


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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    your bills are low at $410 pr month I live in Richmond, va
    gas bill: $120 $55 in summer
    lights: $55 winter $130 in summer
    cable/internet/home phone: $131
    cell phone: $210 thats 3 phones
    trash is: $57 every 3 months
    water: $100 every 2 months and $180 every 2 in summer watering grass
    my house was built in 2000 and is 1500 sqft



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    If your cellphone contracts are close to expiring, going pre-paid should save quite a bit... I believe there are quite a few that offer $45 unlimited everything per phone, as well as others that allow you to have a bucket of voice/texts/data for all devices (like ting.com, although they seem expensive to me).



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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Just throw your garbage in your neighbor's cans, $22 savings in the bank.

    Isn't that what gravel roads are for?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Isn't that what gravel roads are for?
    With my leaves and grass clippings...


    Exaggeration is a BILLION times worse than understating.

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    Re: Monthly utilities/cell phone costs

    For comparison. I own a 1 1/2 story 1200 sq ft above ground also with a finished basement, built in 1954. I have an early model gas, high efficiency furnace, central air, new gas water heater, otherwise all other appliances are electric and a little dated. I live in a 25k community in otherwise rural Minnesota.

    Gas/Electric (on average, naturally a little higher during winter/summer months and lower in spring/fall) = $130
    Water = $19
    Internet/Cable (bundle) = $118
    T-Mobile cell x2 = $107
    Trash = $15
    Sewer = $13


    Last edited by MNCYWX; 03-27-2013 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Forgot Sewer
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