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The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, which can only mean one thing – winter is here. Considering the number of major holidays during the coldest season of the year, you’re now looking for ways to save money so you can stay on budget.
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This might actually be easier than you think. Here are four tips to help keep costs down as you prepare for winter.
Replace the air filter
You want your home to be nice and warm this winter, but it comes at a price. Specifically, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household is expected to spend $931 on heating with natural gas this winter (October-March), a 28 percent increase from last year.
The good news is that you can increase the efficiency of your forced air heating system by simply changing the filter. SMO Energy recommends changing the filter at the start of the season to help your furnace work better, but if you have pets, it’s recommended more frequently — even monthly.
Get a new car battery
Is your car battery on the old side? If so, consider getting a new one before the weather outside gets scary.
Bridgestone Tire says battery power decreases as temperatures drop, so starting the car in winter requires more power. If you decide to take this precaution, the company recommends a 600 CCA or higher battery.
Using old batteries increases the risk of failure, which is inconvenient and expensive. According to JD Power, the national average towing cost is about $109—usually between $2.50 and $7 per mile.
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Avoid popular winter clothing
When shopping for winter clothing essentials, it’s easy to keep up with the latest trends – think chunky boots, Y2K, westerns, bright hues and corsets for 2022. However, these styles are likely to get old and boring over the next year, meaning even lightly worn items will need to be replaced.
Save money by focusing on timeless winter styles that can be worn for years. For example, you might choose an oversized cable-knit cardigan, a collarless jacket, and a pair of classic black or brown boots.
choose to stay
When the temperature drops, going out can be very unpleasant. So if you don’t have to go out, don’t go out. Staying indoors can keep you comfortable and comfortable while saving money.
Say you want to watch a movie. As of 2019, the average cost of a movie ticket was $9.16, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. However, you can rent movies that are currently in theaters from multiple streaming platforms.
For example, you can rent “Don’t Worry Darling” on the AMC Theatres website for $19.99. If you split the cost with at least two other people, you’ll save on airfare, not to mention the cost of snacks and drinks.
Also, you might want to go to Starbucks for your daily caffeine fix. However, according to RealMenuPrices, a vent-sized cup of freshly brewed coffee costs about $2.45. Or, you can grab a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks Medium Roast Ground Coffee for $9.99 at Target, which can be brewed in the comfort of your home and save you many cups of cash.
Whether you love winter weather or daydream about summer, finding ways to save money will make the coldest season of the year more enjoyable. Put these tips into action today and watch your bank balance grow.
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