Fall is here, and that can only mean two things: pumpkin spice everything and it’s time to get ready for the cold days of winter.
While I can’t personally whip you up a pumpkin spice latte, here are a few easy tips and money saving ideas to help you prepare for the months ahead.
Winter Tips and Money Saving Ideas:
- Replace your car’s windshield wipers and make sure your tires and headlights are in good working condition. Maintaining your car can help you minimize accidents during inclement weather and avoid costly car repairs down the road.
- Weatherproof where you live inside and out. This includes:
- Cleaning out your rain gutters
- Reversing your ceiling fan direction
- Replacing the air filter in your furnace
- Sealing around your windows and doors
- Draining your lawn irrigation system
- As we look to heat our homes this winter, the National Fire Protection Association reports that just over half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. Be wise about staying warm, and don’t forget: check the batteries in your smoke detector regularly!
- Open those closet doors and get reacquainted with the plastic bins full of your winter wardrobe. Take inventory of items you might need to replenish like sweaters, a heavy coat or an umbrella. Before you ditch last year’s fashion, look for places to sell those unwanted items like local consignment stores, Thred Up or Poshmark and put that cash toward new clothing.
- Meal planning can be a nightmare, especially if you need to run to the store when the weather is miserable. Stock up now on non-perishable food items and break out the slow cooker. A Crock Pot is a great way to cook up some delicious comfort meals like soup, roast and lasagna. Plus, there always seem to be leftovers, a perfect way to save money on dining out.
- During inclement weather, it’s more important than ever to have an emergency plan to protect you and your assets. Purchase emergency kits for your home and car and have conversations with your roommates or family about what to do should you lose power or phone service during an emergency.
- And most importantly, take care of you as the seasons change. Hand washing, flu shots and plenty of rest are easy ways to stay healthy and avoid missing work (and possibly a paycheck.) And as the cold weather increases, look for fun ways to bring your outdoor workout indoors. Maybe tackle those stairs more often at work or grab your kids for an impromptu dance party at home. It’s a great way to burn some calories!
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