Monday, June 14, 2010

Juergen signed us up for a new energy program. If we run our dishwasher, or cloth dryer after 8 pm ( actually any electric use) we save 15% off the cost of electricity. So I'm saving the dishes until after eight, and doing a load of laundry every night after 8pm. It's not convenient for me to do this. I would rather get it done in the mornings. But we have 5 kids and one income. It's actually pretty expensive to raise 5 kids. They eat more and more. They have braces, new shoes, singing lessons, and summer camp. There is spending money, movies, birthday gifts, swimming lessons, and math tutors. The list goes on and on. I use to have the money for a house keeper. Now I have to do it all myself. And 15% off the cost of electricity could pay for music lessons or something. So I find I need to form a new routine, a new habit. Every night after 8 the dishwasher goes on, the laundry gets run, and I may even run the vacuum cleaner (no…that’s taking it too far)!