That’s how our water bill worked on the budget plan

but they also tacked on an adjustment to bring us current because the monthly amount was too low. I use the past tense because I got off of it.

When we had the budget plan, I set up a recurring payment at our bank and then didn’t give it any more thought. The first time that adjustment came through, I didn’t notice it for two or three months, and the late fees really piled up. I caught it sooner each year after that, but still got socked for late fees and that adjustment — about $100 each time — right on the heels of the holidays.

I think it was the third time that I finally decided it wasn’t worth it, so we’re back to paying for the water we’ve used each month.

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