Keep Your Budget Warm This Winter

( – Though winter temperatures are heading in, there’s no reason why you need to be cold throughout these months. Here are some tips to help you stay warm without breaking your budget.

The first and most obvious solution is to bundle up and use layers. Wearing socks, sweatpants, and sweaters can help keep you warm inside your home, meaning you don’t need to turn the heat up as much, thus saving you money. While wool socks are a bit pricier than typical cotton socks, wool is one of the best fibers for retaining heat. Wool also wicks away moisture from your body, so even if you sweat, your wool garments won’t feel wet. You’ll save money on heating bills and you’ll feel warmer when you’re outside if you invest in a few pairs of nice wool socks.

Another easy way to add some warmth to your home is simple: use your kitchen! Soups and stews are perfect for this time of year, and using your stove and oven adds additional heat to your living space. Making a big batch of soup will also save you money on those costly food delivery services! Or if you get sick of soup, you can always bake something tasty. If you don’t want to eat it, your neighbors, friends, and co-workers will surely appreciate any baked goods you share with them. When you use your oven, leave the door open when you’re done so the additional heat fills your home.

It may sound counterproductive but turn on your ceiling fans! There should be a switch you can toggle on your ceiling fan so that the blades turn clockwise. This will help move the warm air that’s risen to the ceiling, distributing the warm air throughout the room.

Though the days are shorter, sunlight can still help make your home warmer! Though you should make sure all windows are closed tightly, if it’s a sunny day, open your blinds and curtains so the lovely and warm sunshine can add some ambient heat to your home. At night, it’s worth closing your drapes to help keep heat from dispersing out through the windows.

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