We heat with oil in our house.
Every time the oil company (Taku Oil Sales), fills our tank, it costs between $800 - $1000.
So, we make monthly payments to Taku Oil Sales, because we can't afford to drop that much money at one time.
The problem is, the Taku Oil Sales won't deliver oil if you are carrying a balance. I understand they have to pay for the oil they sell, and pay their employees, etc. I understand all that.
However, we are out of oil.
If we lived in Florida or Southern California or Arizona, this wouldn't necessarily be a problem. But, like I said, we live in Alaska.
The days are getting cooler. The nights are getting colder. The leaves are falling from the trees.
We are bundling up during the day and making fires in the woodstove at night.
I called the oil company to tell them we are out of oil. They said to pony up the rest of our balance (almost $1500), or they won't fill our tank.
So, while our plan was to pay down our credit cards to eventually be debt free (ha!), I now have to cobble together enough to pay the %*&@ bill with the cards so they will come and fill our tank, which will incur another charge of almost $1000.
I hate stressing about money. We will get our Permanent Fund Dividends in October (we plan to do major car repairs with that money), and also royalties from Charles' book (yay!), but the oil company can't wait for payment until October, and we can't wait until October for oil.
Black Gold, indeed.
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