As most of you will probably know last month I completed a no spend month challenge (you can check out the end of month review here –No Spend Month – Review ) This challenge really opened my eyes and put me back on the right track for saving and frugality all in the aim of financial freedom. I thought that I would share with you a list of seven things that I will be doing this winter to save money.
Please leave me a comment below and share any tips or tricks that you have for saving money during the winter season. I absolutely love reading all of your comments!!
1. Lighting the fire
Who doesn’t like a good fire during the winter. It makes us feel cosy and warm. Lets face it, its just the best!! But it can also be more cost effective. Our stove heats the water as well heats our home. So by using the fire rather than turning on the heating or (the dreaded) immersion, it can save a ton of euros when it comes to utilities.
2. Batch Cooking
Batch Cooking I said in my No Spend Month Review that one of things I wanted to get a handle was food costs and I believe meal planning and batch cooking just might be the way forward. Not only will this cut the cost of food spending but also utilities as well because I will only be cooking once or twice a week instead of every night of the week.
3. Wearing the same clothes more often
This is another thing that I am not very good at. I have a tendency to wear clothes once and throw them into the wash. Now I do realise that sometimes this ok but more often then not I could have got another day out of it. I am trying to cut down my washing so I can cut down the costs washing them.
4. Not staying “plugged in”
By this I mean technology, appliances, leaving lights on. All of these things add up. In winter especially we need to have more lights on… A. Because it’s darker earlier (obviously) and B. Because with the festive season, lights are basically mandatory (everywhere) by being more conscious of the things that don’t need to be plugged in or left on then it will help that electricity bill come January.
5. Making use of natural light / weather
Again this kind falls under the category “don’t turn the lights on until you need to” but I also mean make use of it in the sense of go for walks when its dry, stay active with out paying a gym. I will also be drying clothes on the line rather than using a dryer. Again all these things add up. No unnecessary trips In this one I am going to be keeping an eye on fuel consumption and I am going to try and plan it so that if I have things to do or errands to run I will try and do them all on the same day! That way I am not wasting fuel by doing two or three trips a day.
6. Packing food
Again from my no spend month challenge I realised that I tend to over spend most on food, in particular, convenience food. So I want to be more prepared in future, If there is a day where I know I am going to be somewhere and I will need food then I want to pack it rather than buy at a convenience store.
So there you have it! Seven things I will be working on this winter in order to save those euros! Like I said please leave me a comment and let me know if you are doing anything to save money this winter! I would love to hear them!
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