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Assistance on Bills


Jeanniebean

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I received my gas bill last week. To me recieved it late to pay for this month. Why you ask, I'll tell you. I get paid by SS the second Wednesday of the month. Sometimes that falls in the second week of the month by the 10th of the month. Other times it could fall the third week of the month, somewhere around the 19th of the month. So once I'm paid it goes back out to my bills that have come in and their is no more money for any more bill paying just my food. Got to have some money for food, food stamps only gives me $16 a month. WOw! ( let the government live on $16).

 

Back to figuring how I am going to pay this $156 by due date of 12/2910. Let me insert that's when I noticed I had a late charge of $10 from last month. I called customer service, I explained my perdicument to them but at no avail couldn't help me, I asked for my billing date to be changed, they said they have no way of doing that, it all comes from when the readings are entered. Seeing that I was not getting anywhere I requested to speak to their supervisor. After waiting for 10 minutes on hold the supervisor tells me the same answer. So, I asked for their supervisor and (I didn't expect this answer so have a good laugh as I did)they said "they don't take phone calls". lol! In the mean time I have to find where I can get H.E.A.T. Assistance. I went to a Community Action Location in my county but they said they were all out of funds, come back January 4th 8:30am they will start taking applications again. This is well and good. As the day goes on I find myself feeling their has got to be other places taking application. I sit down at my computer and go searching. BINGO! Found a place just down the street from me, I called and she asked what county I was in, Dekalb I responded. She answer this is for Fulton I need to go to the place I was just to. This didn't sit well with me. I jumped into the car and drove over to check it out. Picture this- this long hallway in at the middle is receptionists she asked me what county I was in, Dekalb and directed me to the left, the women behind me said Fulton and directed her to the right. Aha! the person on the phone was wrong. I proceeded to the room and sat down. Other women came in holding numbered tickets and asked what number was next. I didn't have a number so I was told they are threw for the day come back on Friday at 8:30am when they will start again taking applications. That was Wednesday, I asked her why not Thursday and she said she'll be at another location. I asked her what location, and she said you really want to know and with a laugh from both of us I said YES. She said the location that has posted not taking application till January 4th. I then said to her they told me they are out of money. She they said "I guess I'll see you Friday" This location is for seniors only. Good thing I'm a senior.

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Jeannie,

 

I got all electric and I called them and set up a plan to pay over 6 months. Of course the monthly bills keep coming, but they keep adding 6 months to the total without changing the pay amount. So, I pay some all year long. We open all the windows in the summer time.

 

The bill is way down but I keep paying. Give them a call, you are a senior and they want to help us seniors out!

 

I'm like you, SS check is fourth Wednesday, this month the 22nd. I hate it when it's the 28th. Their plan was to have everyone on that Wednesday set up. No more 3rd of the month unless it's the first Wednesday.

 

My wife says a lot of them still come in the bank on the 3rd to see if their checks posted to their accounts yet.

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Jeannie,

 

I got all electric and I called them and set up a plan to pay over 6 months. Of course the monthly bills keep coming, but they keep adding 6 months to the total without changing the pay amount. So, I pay some all year long. We open all the windows in the summer time.

 

The bill is way down but I keep paying. Give them a call, you are a senior and they want to help us seniors out!

 

I'm like you, SS check is fourth Wednesday, this month the 22nd. I hate it when it's the 28th. Their plan was to have everyone on that Wednesday set up. No more 3rd of the month unless it's the first Wednesday.

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I do what Fred does and have what im Tucson they call an equal payment plan. I have it on gas and electric. At the end of the year if you are "over" you pay the balance" and any credit will go to next year (haven't had that yet). They base your payment on the last years' payments and then set an averageSaves a lot of headaches plus I know I won't be late so they won't cut it off. Leah

 

My wife says a lot of them still come in the bank on the 3rd to see if their checks posted to their accounts yet.

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Jeannie: honey, you must sit down and write out all your monthly bills, even those that come after your check arrives. If you send them something, they can not turn you off. Budget out what you need monthly and try to put aside a little for those that only come once every six month or even yearly. If you can send the gas company $10.00 to save $10.00 for the late electric bill, then you must do so. But until you write out on paper exactly what you owe each month, including gas, groceries; this will be a never ending circle. Take a day, bite the bullet and try to organize and budget. Debbie

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Jeannie: honey, you must sit down and write out all your monthly bills, even those that come after your check arrives. If you send them something, they can not turn you off. Budget out what you need monthly and try to put aside a little for those that only come once every six month or even yearly. If you can send the gas company $10.00 to save $10.00 for the late electric bill, then you must do so. But until you write out on paper exactly what you owe each month, including gas, groceries; this will be a never ending circle. Take a day, bite the bullet and try to organize and budget. Debbie

Debbie Social Security just isn't enough. And the bills keep increasing.

I have all my bills written out every month in by bill book. I know their are allot of others in the same situation. You too Fred. I'm just living every day as decent as I can. I refuse really for the bills to come first.I'm thankful I have a roof over my head, and food to eat. My life is just not the same when I was making a living, work overtime and set that money aside for those special extras I enjoy. Jeannie

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