Disclosure: While winter is a great time of the year it is important to be prepared. While this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
With all of the money spent on presents during the holidays, everyone is always on the lookout for new ways to save a little extra money. Here are a couple of simple ideas that could help you save some money this winter.
Control Your Heater – If you have a Smart Thermostat, you can use WeatherBug, the leader in free weather apps, to adjust the temperature in your house, even when you’re away. Run it cooler, in the low 60’s while you’re not at home, and turn it up about an hour before you are set to return. You will have a toasty house, without the extra wasted expensive of running it while you are gone.
Check For Drafts – If you inspect your windows and doors for drafts, you can take steps to prevent warm air from leaking out of your house. You can use window treatments and plastic coverings for your windows and get insulation strips for your doors. The best way to do this is to use any one of the popular weather forecast apps and look for a day that has a moderate amount of wind. The wind gusts make it easier to tell which windows and doors are creating drafts, and how bad they are.
Make Lists – When you take the time to make lists, you can eliminate extra trips out of the house. This is going to save on gas, as well as eliminate the desire for impulse purchases, which can quickly increase the money you spend. $5 here and there every time you go out may not seem like a big deal, but when you go out an extra 6 or 7 times a month, it quickly adds up. Take a day and make a list of all the groceries you need, items from you need from other stores and errands that need to be run. Let others know what you are going to be doing, so they can chime in with anything they need. This reduces how often you have to go out, saving money on gas and avoiding impulse shopping.