This is Bossy’s heat and air-conditioning thermostat, and it lives in a narrow first-floor hallway.
Bossy and her family live in miserly conditions when it comes to heating and cooling. They rarely turn on the AC, even on the most sweltering of days, and they wear many layers of clothing indoors during the winter months to save on the gas bill.
But the issue remains: this thermostat has never worked properly. Although it’s supposed to be programmable, it still turns itself on and off at indeterminate intervals. For instance, Bossy will hear the heat kick-on in the middle of the night when the family doesn’t need heat, and nothing makes Bossy more angry. Except when it kicks-on when no one is home.
Bossy isn’t sure how much money she stands to save by fixing this thermostat, but she’s about to find out because she stood with a rolling pin poised over her husband’s head and told him he had until the end of the week to figure it out or face replacement, and when Bossy says replacement she means the husband, not the thermostat.
On to more pressing concerns, namely WHAT IN WHOOEY IS THIS POVERTY PARTY ALL ABOUT?
Bossy understands most of you don’t have thermostat issues, or TypePad, or blog hosts, or even blogs–but Bossy is hoping her own careful examination of the money she wastes by not taking care of business will help others confront their own leaky tires.
Bossy has committed to host this Poverty Party for one entire year, during which time she’s going to examine every angle of debt and the ways we deny our debt–and the ways we can reduce our debt.
Bossy and her family don’t face simple solutions, like Quit That Cocaine Habit, or Sell Off The Tuscan Vacation Home, because Bossy and her family don’t have cocaine habits or vacation homes. So their approach to reducing debt has included wrangling those small things that add up, and eliminating them.
Bossy has basically put a moratorium on spending, where basically means everything that doesn’t include a liquor store. But not spending takes a while to see results, and makes for posts that are even more boring than those about beans and bread, because not spending is like watching paint dry–which Bossy has also done on her blog.
Anyway. Hang in there. This process is longer than an Oprah episode. Bossy won’t forget her original promise to use this space to report her spending and missteps, along with cheap recipes, savings tips, and suggested tricks and goals.
And don’t forget the amazing resource that is the other participating bloggers. Comb the comments for links to the latest Poverty posts across the web!