I live pretty much on my own and I like living with a couple of cats and a fiancé that pops in and out. I enjoy having my own space but am not thrilled at paying extra for privilege. When you are a Lean Singleton living on your own, you have to know how and where to get a discount.
In the UK, you get a 25% discount on Council Tax if you live alone, whoopee! On the other hand, Thames Water, charges you a standard charge regardless if you are living alone or have five kids and the washing machine going 24/7. I decided to complain and requested a water meter. Unfortunately my flat can not have a water meter because of a shared boiler but they did offer to put me on a cheaper plan. This cheaper plan is almost half of what I have been paying. Why didn’t I know about this earlier?
I urge all my lovely readers to find out if they can get a better deal for their utilities. The great website, Uswitch.com will help you to find the best deals for gas, electricity, broadband, etc. I apologize to my US readers because as I recall you can not do much about changing suppliers except for the phone, internet and television service.
There are a few other ways I try to economize, I buy large packs of toilet paper when they are on sale even I have to hide the extra rolls in the kitchen. I also run to the discount section of the supermarket every time I pass one to feed the freezer with quick food singleton luxury food.
Decorating my singleton flat has been made easier by the internet, I have gotten several items off Freecycle including a dresser and an iron. Don’t let me forget Ebay, how much do I love Ebay over 50% of my furnishing were discovered on Ebay including a 1960’s teak dining table and chairs,a steel hospital trolley, an Ercol daybed and a ponyskin, faux Barcelona chair. Boy do I adore Ebay.
How do you save on living your singleton life? Any and all tips will be greatly appreciated!
I am very happy to have been included in Miss Thrifty’s Festival of Frugality 200: Fireworks Night for my post The Lean Singleton Eats.