How to save money during the winter

Marlo's Northeast Winter
Marlo's Northeast Winter

Picture this scenario…

You wake up to a whopping 6 degrees out, realize that it will take you 30 minutes to scrap off the snow your car, so you put on your long johns followed by a pair of jeans, two turtle necks, a sweater, winter coat, gloves, hat, scarf, extra pair of socks, and boots, and as you step outside and enter the bitter, freezing cold, you realize that you really do not need that cup of coffee and newspaper. So you end up making coffee at home and reading the news online.

Sound familiar? If you live in the Northeast like I do, or are experiencing the cold where you live, then you can relate. If you cannot relate, welcome to my world - this hell called the never-ending winter of 2010 / 2011.

Thinking Positive – I am saving money!

I realize as I approach the 3rd straight month of winter, that I am actually saving money. How can I spend it when it is too cold outside to go anywhere? There are so many ways I am saving, let me explain.

Ways I am Saving Money

Groceries

Instead of making frequent trips to the grocery store, I will stock up on sale items. When spaghetti sauce is in sale BOGO (Buy one get one) free, I will buy 5 and get 5 free.

The same goes for everything else that goes on sale - pasta, crackers, canned soup (excellent food for when you are freezing). When soup was on sale for a dollar, I bought 10! I end up spending less money overall because I am saving gas and cheaper priced food now, instead of using more gas and buying soup full-priced in a week or two.

Outside Activities

There is no reason to go out to an outside bar or restaurant for the ambiance - there is none when it is near sub-zero temperatures. Miniature golf is closed and skiing if far too expensive. I stay in, and save $20.00 a month or more.

Inside Activities

We have been playing Scrabble a lot this winter and loving it. Board games are a great way to save money. We also cook more frequently and rarely venture out for dinner, especially on the holidays like Valentine's Day. A neighbor of mine went to Olive Garden and had to wait outside for 10 minutes because the lobby was full. No thanks.

Less Gas

I usually do not mind doing errands and love finding sales. In the winter, I will group my errands and run to the stores far less often. The less I have to be in the cold, the better. I also learn to make due with what I have - if I am out of cream for my coffee, I will use milk. No time to be fussy when there is ice to scrape off the car. As I drink my coffee with milk, I look out the window and hope the sun melts the ice.

Take Away

Winter can be very daunting, but when you realize that by staying inside, you may be spending less and saving more. You realize that you can make the best of it, and pray for Spring.

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MarloByDesign 8 years ago from United States Author

Please comment on your experiences this winter, I would love to hear them!


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wammytk 8 years ago from Iowa

It has been bitterly cold where I life also. I hate winter. I have horses and it is just dreadful to go out and do chores. I have to feed more when it is this cold out, the horses need more feed to stay warm. I can hardly wait til spring. At least the sun is shinning and it feels alittle bit closer to spring, sun warmth and a good old run through the pasture on my trusty steed. So, keep thinking of the warm days that are just around the corner.


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MarloByDesign 8 years ago from United States Author

wammytk, thank you for you comments. I love animals, and when it comes to feeding mine, I do not cut back on money. I hope your horses are surviving winter alright, and I bet THEY cannot wait until Spring either!


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wammytk 8 years ago from Iowa

They are very spoiled. They all have shelter, but in this cold, the minute the sun is shining, they are out soaking it up. I have 6 horses and 2 ponies, 3 dogs and 6 cats, so you can guess where all of my money goes, but woould not trade any of them for the world.


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MarloByDesign 8 years ago from United States Author

Sounds like you have your hands full and I bet you love it!

My goal of writing a blog and Hubs is to teach people how to live frugally without sacrifice. My motto is "You can save money everyday, and still live a great life."

However, I believe that one should not be cheap with their animals! Animals are so special - I do not believe in being stingy when it comes to the basic necessities (food and vet care). I just cut back when it comes to grooming, lessons – the ‘nice to haves’.

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