This is one of my favourite times of year. I love the autumnal colours on the trees and the chill in the air just makes me want to get snuggled with a hot chocolate. As the months get cooler however there is the concern of heating your home. With fuel costs rising each year, more and more people struggle to heat their homes.
Frugal ways to keep warm this winter
In a bid to keep our own costs down I’ve been really thinking about how we can keep warm on a seriously tight budget. Here are some alternatives to putting the heating on or maybe just turning the thermostat down a little.
Put on some extra layers, an extra jumper, 2 pairs of socks and blankets are all really helpful. It’s often better to layer up than to put one thick layer on. As the hot air gets trapped between the layers it keeps you warmer. We also keep a few blankets on the end of ours and the children’s bed’s to pull over when needed. Blankets also give that wonderful cosy feel and can be picked up relatively cheap from Primark and discount stores.
Hot Food and Drinks
Sometimes hot food and drinks throughout the day can help keep you feeling warm. If you have to go out and about maybe consider a flask of soup, tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
Hot water bottle
Hot water bottles are great at keeping you warm. If you’re putting the kettle on for a hot drink use any leftover water to fill your hot water bottle.
Go for a walk
This may sound crazy but sometimes getting out in the cold and moving about can make you feel warmer when you get back home. Exercise can also help keep your mental health in check if you suffer through the winter months.
Visit a Library or other public places
Not only a great place to borrow books or go online, the library can also offer a warm place to be.
Get some financial support
If you are really struggling to pay for heating bills throughout the winter there is no shame in getting some support. Fuel poverty exists in the UK and it’s more common than you may think. Here is a list of options for anyone struggling right now from Citizens Advice.