Crestview woman pays with pennies to battle bill blues

Pennies

Deborah Reynolds-Nash, pictured Friday in the News Bulletin office, attempted to pay Gulf Power Company with $223 in unrolled pennies last week after receiving an unexpectedly large bill. It's the latest cost-of-living increase that the 57-year-old Crestview resident has noticed.

THOMAS BONI / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Deborah Reynolds-Nash has seen the cost of living rise in her 57 years.

The Crestview woman has noticed the increasing costs of household products.

"Ever since they've (the children) been little, I've used Scott tissue," she said. "The tissue rolls are not as big as they used to be, and they're shorter than what they used to be. Everything's been cut down but the price."

Then there's dishwashing detergent.

"They cut the ounces down and the bottle looks real cute but it's smaller — and you're paying more," she said.

Small grocery bill spikes paled in comparison to the house insurance, which increased $200 per month this year, taking half her income, she said.

And last week, she noticed the rising cost in her electricity bill — almost twice as much to power her three-bedroom, two-bath home. That was a shock, she said, because she frequently used her fireplace throughout the cold weather.



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