Summer is quickly approaching. My daughter will be out of school and my husband will not be working as much. Thus, I'm excited to go to the beach and spend time with my family. What I'm not excited about is an increase in my utility bills. Unfortunately, my expenses go up in the summer. These expenditures will cost us an additional $320 a month.
For the majority of the year, our electric bill is under $100. However, in July, August and September, the temperature frequently exceeds 100 degrees. Our house is about 1900 square feet and has an older air conditioner. In addition, with two young kids, we like to make sure our home stays cool. I try to keep the thermostat at 76 for most of the day. As a result, our average electric bill is over $300 for the three hottest summer months. This costs us an extra $200 a month. I have thought about doing an equal payment plan to keep my summer expenses down. However, if our bills are averaged, I'm afraid I will pay less attention to our utility usage.
Since my husband has vacation time and my daughter is on summer break, we tend to take more trips. This includes more visits to the beach and places like the zoo. We will be taking a trip to San Diego too. Since we have several passes and usually stay with family when we travel, most of our costs will be gas-related. Luckily, gas prices have dipped below $4 and are closer to $3.80 in my area. If they stay at that price, a trip to the beach will cost us about $25 and a trip to San Diego will run us $60. I estimate that we will spend an extra $50 a month on gas in the summertime.
Like our electric bill, our water bill also goes up. It is between $20 and $30 for most of the year. However, in the summer, it goes up to $50. In the summer, we water early in the morning and have our sprinklers on a timer. Otherwise, I'm sure the bill would be more. While we try to be conservative with our water use, I know we will be filling up our water table and inflatable pool more too.
With my daughter being home, we will spend more on entertainment. We try to be frugal and go to free story times and community events. We will also take advantage of my parents' pool. However, we will likely take her to the local water park this summer. We will spend about $150 for passes for the entire family for something to do the entire summer.
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