3 for 3: Three viewer questions answered by News 3

You asked, we answered!

Recently we asked our viewers on social media to ask us some good questions or tell us what they’d like to see covered in the news. Some of you asked some really thoughtful and tough questions.

This week we attempted to answer three of your inquiries.

Here goes nothing.

QUESTION 1: Linda asked, “What’s the average water bill for two people or for a family of four in our viewing area?”

ANSWER: We called Madison Water Utility and they said the average bill for two people can range from $41.75 to $53 a month.  For a four-person home, you’re looking at $66 to $80.  That bill also includes storm water, so if you’re renting, your bill could be less than the figures mentioned.

QUESTION 2: Michael asked, “Why are the Madison Scouts and Bugle Corps now based out of Indianapolis instead of Madison?”

ANSWER: We spoke with the executive director of the scouts, and he told us the group is still based in Madison.  However, in 2010, the group needed to find a more centralized location since its members come from all over the country.  The group meets once a month for rehearsal in Indianapolis because it needed an airport that would be more accommodating and less prone to weather cancellations.

QUESTION 3: Jennifer said she wanted “gift ideas for the ‘penny pinching’ parent.”

ANSWER: This one was a little tough because we weren’t sure if the family likes to craft, try things on Pinterest or what their interests may be.  However, we asked two of the nation’s popular and professional smart shopper bloggers.

Jenny Martin from SouthernSavers.com gave us a few tips on how to get the best out of Black Friday shopping — she says most stores will now offer the same deals online. And she urges people to use price matching at stores like Target, Walmart and Toys R Us to save the most money.

Tracie Fobes from PennyPinchinMom.com encourages shoppers to take a buddy if they decide to brave the crowds and split the shopping list in half.  For her, it’s all about strategy.