Winter and the cold weather it brings can see your fuel bills rising rapidly. As someone who tries to live a frugal lifestyle, I am always looking for simple ways that I can keep warm at home without switching the heating on. If you are on a tight budget this winter you might be looking for ways of how to keep warm too. I thought I would share some alternative simple frugal tips and ideas of how you can warm in your house and save yourself lots of money this winter.
Simple Frugal Ways To Keep Warm In Winter
The last few years have seen huge rises in the cost of fuel and I think this has led to us all changing our ways when it comes to heating our homes. It makes me so sad that some people are forced to choose between buying food or heating their homes. For myself and many families like mine, the colder months come with a little bit of dread attached to ending up with a huge fuel bill come the spring.
Of course, there are also environmental reasons for reducing your energy consumption too. Personally it’s a mixture of both for me and I try to stick to the rule that between March and November we don’t put the heating on at all. This of course depends, if we have a really cold snap then, of course, I will put it on for the children’s sake and I know how lucky I am to have that choice.
As your extremities are the first thing to feel cold I always try to focus on these areas first. If you have laminate, wood or stone tiled flooring I suggest investing in some good quality rugs to add some warmth. If you don’t want to or can’t afford to carpet your colder rooms you can find lots of different rugs at bargain prices. Using discount retailers and comparing prices online will help you find the best deal. For an even more frugal result, you could use carpet samples and offcuts instead.
You could try Facebook market pages and thrift, charity and second-hand stores if you don’t mind buying used.
I also suggest investing in a really good pair of slippers that will help to keep your feet nice and toasty too. The styles with hard-bottomed soles and faux sheepskin lining the cosiest, in my opinion, but any old pair will do. Wearing warm socks both around the house and for bed will help to keep your feet warm as well.
This is such an obvious one isn’t it, layering up with your clothing is such an easy thing to do, it works so well for children, a vest, t-shirt, and a jumper will help keep them toasty warm. The same applies to us grown-ups too, I suggest always having a few trusty jumpers and hoodies on hand and reaching for those instead of the heating switch.
A dressing gown to wear over your clothing while in the house can help to keep you really warm too, I swear by this frugal tip.
You could also keep lots of blankets or throws in each room. They are great for throwing over the sofa or as an extra layer of warmth on the beds. There’s Nothing like snuggling down to watch a movie in the afternoon when it’s cold outside with a warm blanket for company.
Keep It Hot
Another simple but obvious idea is keeping yourself topped up with warm drinks. Not everyone likes tea or coffee but you could try some hot chocolate, warm milk, Horlicks or Ovaltine instead. Investing in a thermos flask or mug is a great way to keep your drinks nice and hot and saves money on constantly boiling the kettle too.
You could swap your usual lunch for a nice bowl of piping hot soup, stews and casseroles which are also really good at raising your core temperature. Check out my Comfort Food Recipes For Autumn post for more ideas of warm filling meals.
Getting your body moving will help to warm you up as well as doing your heart lots of good too. I’m not suggesting you need to put on your get fit kit and go running around the block, anything that gets your blood pumping is great. A vigorous session of housework or chasing the kids around will get your temperature rising in no time.
To save even more money you could swap the gym for a workout at home, it’s a great frugal way to stay fit, keep you healthy and warm you up nicely as well.
Stop The Draft
Our homes can often leak lots of heat during the colder month causing drafts, I find windows and doors are the main culprits. For windows, I find it effective to keep curtains and blinds closed when the temperature starts to drop if you don’t have thick curtains you could try sewing an old duvet or comforter into them to create a thermal effect.
Another great frugal tip is to use a rolled-up towel along the bottom of the doors to prevent the chilly air from entering and the heat from inside leaking out.
Leaving doors open can also cause a draft so get yourself and the whole family into the habit of closing them every time you leave a room.
Burning candles around your home will create a lovely amount of warmth, as well as making your rooms feel nice and cosy. Burning candles can also save on energy costs as you won’t need to switch the lights on in the evenings.
Blag Warmth For Free
This is my most frugal tip but it’s also quite a cheeky suggestion. To save money on heating your own home you could pop round to a family, friend or neighbors for chat, a coffee and to steal some of their warmth for a while. Of course, I suggest taking a little token round with you like a homemade cake or pie I’m not a total frugal savage!
You might also be able to sneak your thermos of coffee into the library and read the morning papers enjoying their heating as a bonus. Museums work well for this idea too and you will most likely learn some interesting facts in the process.
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