Gas prices, including natural gas prices are very high and not expected to change much for the better. That means your utility bill is probably rising.
Save yourself from a nasty surprise on the bill after a particularly cold month by doing some no cost and low cost changes to reduce your energy use. Lowering thermostats somewhat, using appliances more efficiently, and putting in a low-flow showerhead can all help. Find out more from your utility company. Mine provided this PDF file of tips: 123 Gas Savings.
Instead of a bill $50 higher than normal wouldn't you really rather have a nice dinner out or go see a show?