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Don’t Let Winter Cost You More Money Than Necessary

It seems like summer is probably the time of the year when we spend the most money. But this comes with an asterisk next to it. During the warm weather months, we spend money on things we like to do, like traveling, or eating food alfresco at a restaurant, and so on. During winter, we spend money not because we necessarily want to, but because we need to. And these costs can quickly add up. There are ways to keep the costs to a minimum, however, as we’ll see below.

Rising Bills

Because we’re spending more time in the home, our bills can rocket during the chilly months, and especially so if we need to crank the heating just to stay comfortable. While it can seem like you’re facing a losing battle, there are ways to keep these bills to a minimum. For starters, review the temperature of the thermostat. The idea is to take the edge off the chill, not make yourself so warm that you can sit in shorts and a t-shirt. Lowering it by just a couple of degrees when you’re at home – and around fifteen degrees when you’re not – can make a big difference.

Finding Entertainment

It’ll be worthwhile spending a little bit of extra cash making your home a place where you want to spend time during the winter. If you’re getting bored too quickly, then you’ll only search for expensive options to satisfy your boredom. If you can only have fun by going to the cinema or the bar, then your winter bill is going to be huge! Instead, cultivate a living space that you enjoy. Think of how much money you’ll save if you’re happy to stay in from Monday – Friday, at least.

Out and About

There are added risks present during fall and winter, especially if we live in a space that receives a lot of cold or adverse weather like thunderstorms. If you’re not careful, you could be in a car accident, or slip or fall. These types of incidents have the potential to really mess up your finances, not to mention affect your enjoyment of the season. To reduce the impact that these incidents have, get in touch with an accident attorney, and fight for financial compensation. You can’t always prevent incidents that weren’t your fault from happening to you, but you can control how you respond to them.

The Run Up To Christmas

Christmas is an expensive period, as everyone knows. But it’s not just the presents that cause such a high bill, though that does make up the bulk. It’s all the additional costs, such as festive parties, events, and so on. While it’s enjoyable to do a few of these things, if you have a full calendar from mid-November right through to January, you can expect a big bill. Make sure you’re only saying yes to the things that you really want to do, and learn how to say no to the other invitations. Your wallet will thank you!