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Children: 13 Power Bill: $65

by Kelly Crawford

(Sorry, had a typo–$65 per month!)

I’ve posted about my neighbor Jane, mother of 9, who has done some pretty amazing things with their power bill, so I thought I’d introduce you to the lady who inspired it–our other neighbor, Sherry.

Sherry and her girls are notorious for finding creative ways to save money.  They were making laundry detergent when making laundry detergent wasn’t cool 😉  One year,  as a Christmas present, she gave her husband back half of all the grocery money he had allotted her for the year.

Yes, they are a family of 15 and have managed to reduce their power bill to an average of $65 a month!  (That’s a kilowatt-hour usage of 14/day.)  Last night she said her goal was to actually reduce that by half, which she figured she could do using a propane stove (provided the propane was a lot cheaper than electricity.)

Stories like these is what makes those questions like “how do you afford so many children” almost comical.   Sherry must answer, “how do you afford so many light bulbs?”

We are going to try a few of her tricks in a short-term goal plan, but I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to match her savings 😉

I’ll be posting details on Thrifty Thursday about how they reduced their bill so much, so be sure to check in!  And be sure to get your thrifty posts ready to share!

(If you have specific questions you’d like to know about Sherry’s secrets, ask me and I’ll be sure to add those to my list of questions for Thursday’s post.)

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Tina April 27, 2009 - 7:58 am

I look forward to your post on Thursday sharing Sherri’s secrets! What a blessing to learn how we can save money and bless our families.
Thanks so much!
In His love,

Lori April 27, 2009 - 8:06 am

Do you mean $65 a month?

Word Warrior April 27, 2009 - 8:23 am

yes, per month.

Word Warrior April 27, 2009 - 8:23 am

sorry–I’ll fix that!

Lucy T April 27, 2009 - 9:44 am

I would love to know how she saved on groceries.We live in a state that is below freezing nearly half the year.I don’t know where you all are so I would like to know the temp. and duration of it.I have been reading here a long time and am always incouraged by you.You are a BLESSING!!!!!!

Word Warrior April 27, 2009 - 9:54 am

Thanks, Lucy!

I’ll try to include some of that in Thursday’s post…or maybe even do a whole new post on how she saved on the grocery bill. The more I think about it, I’m toying with the idea of gathering up all their money-saving ideas and organizing them into an ebook–wouldn’t that be helpful?!

Kim Matlock April 27, 2009 - 10:40 am

Wowzers! I can’t wait to read that!

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things April 27, 2009 - 11:19 am

How about a challenge? Host a contest to see who can lower their bill the most by the end of the summer and share ideas how to go about it? Our bill shows what we spent last month and what we spend last year for the same month.

Lucy T April 27, 2009 - 11:41 am

An ebook would be great you have a few I need to buy.

Word Warrior April 27, 2009 - 1:22 pm


Oooooh, aren’t you a smart one, my visionary friend? I’ll call for more ideas 🙂

Missi April 27, 2009 - 1:53 pm

Good idea on the challenge! Count us OUT! I’ll be pregnant all summer and crankin’ up the AC. LOL! Maybe when I’m out of my child bearing years I can accomplish a lower electrical bill, but I sure enjoy reading these amazing feats from others! 😉

kristi April 27, 2009 - 5:48 pm

how???? does she have a blog that tells all the crazy things they do? i’m all for it!

Word Warrior April 27, 2009 - 5:51 pm


No, she’s too busy saving money to have a blog ;-P

LM April 27, 2009 - 9:12 pm

HALF of all of the grocery money?! Wow!! I would love to know how she does that!! I would also be interested to know if she has done anything about her family’s water bill; I’ve been trying to reduce ours, but with very little success thus far. Can’t wait for Thursday! 🙂

wordwarrior April 27, 2009 - 9:22 pm

I know her younger children enjoy baths in the creek behind their house when it’s warm 😉 And today my son mentioned that he saw black garbage bags (rain catchers) hanging from their tree? But that could just be a rumor–I’ll check into that!

Mrs T April 28, 2009 - 1:13 pm

she must not be in a hot state like TX to have a bill like that!

I am looking forward to reading all about it! I know dh would be happy if I cut our bills by half. FPU has shown us our short falls..now to stop the hemorrhaging

Karen White April 29, 2009 - 1:26 pm

Correct me if I am wrong Kelly…but doesn’t Sherri’s family eat a lot of organic food as well!! I also know Missi is very frugal with her groceries as well and eats organic. I am frugal…but shop at the regular market place and buy organic when I can.

Tami Lewis April 29, 2009 - 4:46 pm

i am so excited about this!!!


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