As magical a time as winter may be, the extra cost is nothing to celebrate. While Christmas may have been and gone, there is still plenty that can put a strain on your bank account. From increased energy bills to necessary seasonal clothes, the colder months truly can ruin your budget, making it difficult to keep on top of your finances and avoid overspending. However, as tough as it may be, it isn’t impossible. To make things easier, here are six ways to save money.
Skip The Streaming Services
Cold days and long dark evenings are the perfect excuse to lounge about on the sofa and watch some television with your family. However, before you pay out for streaming services, like Netflix, take a look at the options you have on catch up. BBC iPlayer, 4OD, and more are full of films, and TV box sets that you don’t need to pay for. You can also borrow DVDs from your local library.
Wrap Up Your Home
Even with a TV in front of you, there’s nothing fun about spending time in a freezing cold home. Because of this, most of us turn on the heat the moment we get chilly. Unfortunately, if you’re losing all of the hot air to outside, you’re going to struggle to get warm. With that in mind, you should work to insulate your home, by blocking up draughts and installing loft insulation.
Replace Your Old Boiler
Old boilers tend to work inefficiently, using much more energy than they need to heat your home. This can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. To remedy this issue, you should consider contacting professionals, like those at wefixonline.co.uk, to come out and replace your old boiler. As well as reducing energy bills, this will also reduce the chance of costly future breakdowns.
Cook Your Own Food
When you cook a meal at home, you warm much more than just the food; You also heat up the house. During the summer months, this can be frustrating, but throughout winter, it can keep your family toasty and heating costs down. For this reason, you should aim to cook most of your meals yourself. This option is generally cheaper and healthier than ordering takeaways too.
Buy Clothing Second-Hand
The winter months call for a total wardrobe overhaul. With the cold weather, you need to be wearing more jumpers, jeans, and coats, as well as hats, scarves, and gloves. Instead of shopping for these things brand new, head to your local charity store instead. As explained at learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org, there are many benefits to charity shopping, so why not give it a go.
Pack Summer Things Away
When exposed to the wind, rain, and snow of winter, summer things, like lawn furniture and BBQs, can be ruined quite quickly. Rather than replace these items in a couple of months time, make sure that you look after them now, but putting them into storage. If you have nowhere appropriate to do so, then at least try to keep them dry, by covering them with tarpaulin.
Winter can be a costly time of year, but, with the advice above, you can save some money.