It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but winter is also the most expensive time of the year. With increased energy usage to keep your home toasty, more indoor (costly) activities for the kids and of course the cost of Christmas, it can easily become difficult to keep a handle on your budget and avoid any overspending. Today I am sharing with you 5 ways to help you save money during the winter.
Switch Energy Supplier
It’s something that could save you hundreds of pounds a year, and yet many households are yet to switch to a cheaper deal. Now is the perfect time to switch your supplier before the real cold weather sets in, and you are overcharged for your energy usage. There are so many ways to choose a cheaper energy supplier, but one way that will give you £50 when you switch is Bulb. You will get £50 once you switch supplier, and also continue to save throughout the year. It’s a great way to get some extra cash before the holiday season festivities.
Use Less Heating
Trying to use the heating less in late autumn and early winter is the best time, before the biting chill of January hits. It’s a good excuse to put an extra layer on and snuggle up with a blanket and a hot water bottle without feeling like you are being too hard on yourself. Besides wrapping up warm around the house, you could also use tricks such as leaving the oven door open after baking (once you have turned the oven off) so that the leftover heat warms up the rest of the house.
You could also invest in some foil backing for your radiator to ensure the heat isn’t lost, and perhaps even some thermal curtains to help retain heat within the home. You can also purchase thermal linings which you could attach to the back of your current curtains rather than replacing them fully for winter.
If your home isn’t currently insulated, make sure that you see whether you are eligible for a FREE insulation fitting in your home. Insulating your home could save you hundreds of pounds each year on your energy bills.
Pack Away Your Summer Things
If you bought a new BBQ or some lawn furniture over the summer, make sure that you take care of them and put them away in a dry place so that they are as good as new for next summer. It is surprising how quickly things can get weathered and rusted when they are exposed to the elements, so if you have an appropriate storage place, make sure anything unused is put away as soon as you can. Make sure that the place where you are storing it is clean and dry and you hopefully won’t have to spend a penny on new outdoor furnishings next summer.
Buy Second Hand Party Clothes
You can always find partywear in abundance in charity shops and on eBay, and it’s usually in amazing condition because normally a party piece will only get worn a handful of times. Charity shops will often save up lots of their sparkly stock over the year and then bring it out when the festive season rolls around. It’s definitely the best way to pick up something for an occasion for you and your family at the fraction of the usual price. If you would prefer to cherry pick something for yourself, head to eBay or another online marketplace to find something beautiful for just a few pounds.
Charity shops and online marketplaces are also a great place to pick up second-hand festive decorations, lights and crackers for less than £1- you’d be surprised what people get rid of!
Plan In Advance
That’s right, to really save money over winter you need to plan in advance- so get that notepad out! By planning everything for winter in advance, you can play the waiting game until things get put on offer and swoop in when the time is right. Christmas presents are best bought over a period of a few months, and that’s where some careful planning will really pay off- listen to your nearest and dearest about what they are love and plan accordingly. This way, you won’t be hit in December with the need to spend a huge amount of money from one pay cheque.
Planning in advance can also come down to the food that you eat over the festive period- check the dates on any bargains to make sure it will be edible when the big day arrives, and stow it away for the future. You could even start looking for some yellow label food that you could freeze and use at Christmas- again, just check the back of the packet to make sure that it is suitable for home freezing. When December comes nearer, be mindful of any leftover vegetables that you may have lying around- these could be turned into a tasty Christmas Day soup starter and you can freeze this and defrost which means you’ll save money AND time.