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SURVEY OF THE DECADES - HOME ECONOMICS TODAY
A Look at Home Economics in the 2000s
Setting up, running and maintaining a household (without going broke, maxing out the credit cards, declaring bankruptcy, moving in with relatives or becoming a welfare case) in our modern era.
OLD APPLIANCES CAN BE A DRAG
Here is a little lesson in Home Economics that I recently
I still get a kick out of that one! It is also a nice lead-in to my lesson! It all started last July when we purchased a vacation home which came equipped with 23 year old appliances. Now I have heard the mantra about "Energy Efficient Appliances" before, but never had it been so clearly illustrated to me: When I opened the first electricity bill for our new house, I nearly had a stroke. We were using an insane amount of electricity, and we were hardly ever there!
We figured that it had to be the refrigerator since that was really the only thing using electricity in our absence. So, I set about looking for a new one (paying close attention to each candidate's Energy Star status) and decided on this Kenmore 18.2 cu. ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator in Stainless Steel (Item #:04679943000) for $722.49 from Sears.com. Our new fridge was delivered and installed on September 29th. (And for $10 extra Sears hauled away the old one!)
Take a look at what happens to our electricity usage:
How We Pay Our Bills
The household bills most commonly paid with a charge or credit card include:
Budgeting American Style
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