Monday, July 9, 2007


Because of the kind of work that I do I am privy to a lot of information.

While living life can be a constant struggle to some there are some things that can help a person when they are being bogged down with bills.

For instance there are a lot of people who will be receiving utility shut-off notices in the mail. But did you know that there is a way that you can avoid having your utilities shut off - at least temporarily for a few months? Of course you are still liable for any back balances that you owe BUT you can avoid getting your utilities shut off for a while. At least this gives you some time to either get the money together to help pay off the balance due or to get a grant to help you pay off some of that back balance.

Like I said before this is only a temporary fix because you are still liable for the amount that you owe. But at least it will give you some time to get some money together.

Why don't more people know about it? Well the people that do know aren't telling. While this method isn't illegal it could also be considered unethical - of course to the people faced with a shut-off they don't consider it like that - they are just looking for some help.

What is ironic is that this information has to be made accessible to you by your utility company. I have seen the information on my own utility bill so I know that they have to provide the information.

Another thing that is ironic is that the agency that handles this is courtesy of our own government - the same government that has grant programs.

So if you are facing getting a shut-off notice and are looking for some temporary relief to give you time to get the money together to pay your bill you will have to decide whether or not this is something that you want to do.

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