As winter is beginning it is important to make sure you are prepared to weather the storm.
First and foremost, make sure your home is insured, that way if you happen to have a home emergency involving a plumbing leak or a roof caving in from snow, you will not have an immense cost to worry about. It is also important to make sure your car is insured as well to avoid any damages caused by icy or snowy roads.
Slowly lower your thermostat during the day, and night as well, to prevent your wallet from taking a beating in the cold winter months. Bringing the temperature down by one degree a week can make a huge difference. If this is too difficult you can always layer up to make the adjustment easier.
Prep your car
Your car will go through a lot during winter weather. To make your drive more pleasant, throw an extra blanket and sweatshirt in your car for the drive while your car is still heating up. Make sure you also have a little shovel, salt, and window scrappers to avoid any problems resulting from snow.
Stock your house with extra food and water in case you happen to get snowed in for an extended period of time. Keep extra shovels and snow salt in your garage to avoid having your car snowed in and having no way of getting out onto the road. Make sure you also have extra firewood if you have a wood fireplace, or have an extra gas insert if you have a gas fireplace. Candles, flashlights, and batteries should be easily accessible in case of a power outage.
Visit your doctor
Get an annual check-up to make sure you are healthy going into the cold winter season. Get a flu shot to avoid being bedridden for up to a week. Always remember to wash your hands and avoid sharing food or drinks with sick people. Check that your prescriptions are up to date as well.
Check for drafts
Check around windows and doors if there are any spaces where cold air could leak in. Seal these spaces with new frames, drapery, insulation, etc.
Turn off outdoor faucets
To prevent water from freezing within your pipes, turn off your outdoor water faucets. Disconnect hoses and sprinklers so the remaining water can drain out.
Put away all seasonal furniture
If you haven’t done so already from summer, clean off and stow away all outdoor furniture. This will ensure they will not be moldy or pest infested in the spring.
Inspect your chimney
If you have a wood fireplace, and use it often, consider having it cleaned out to have it in good shape for when it gets cold.
Stock up on snow gear
Buy salt for your driveway and sidewalks so that you are ready for when the first snowstorm of the season hits. If you live in an especially cold area that receives a lot of snow, consider buying a snow blower.
Look around to make sure none of your trees have weak branches that could result in thousands of dollars of roof repairs if they were to land on your house.
Clean your gutters
As the leaves start falling from the trees they are going to fill up your gutters. Make sure to get up there and clean them out, so that when it rains water does not overflow onto the foundation of your home.
Fertilize your lawn
After fertilizing your lawn in the fall, it stands a better chance to survive the winter with minimal damage to your yard.
Drain your lawn equipment
Any machines you use for your yard that require gas, such as your lawnmower, should be drained. Keeping excess gas in the tank can lead to a messy buildup and make it hard for the machine to return to work in the spring.
Summer has gone by quick, and school is quickly approaching now. Soak up the sun and enjoy the pool for a few more days before it is time to do schoolwork! Before sending your children off to school, remember to do some back-to-school shopping. Follow these tips for a smooth back-to-school shopping experience.
- Keep your eye out for deals! Many stores will have deals and special sales on back-to-school gear. Whether it is backpacks, notebooks, pencils, or paper, always try to take advantage of the end of summer deals!
- Look for coupons. Look for coupons in magazines, newspapers, websites, and more! Coupons can help you save big and can save time deciding on which materials to buy.
- Make a list. Don’t go into the store blind. Try and make a list of the supplies you need to purchase before you leave for the store. This will make your shopping more efficient and less stressful.
- Try to hold off on shopping for clothes. Everyone child wants to have the coolest outfit on the first day of school. However, studies have shown that the end of the summer isn’t the best time to shop for clothes. Prices will generally be higher and the clothing isles will be more crowded. Try shopping for clothes a few weeks after school starts!
- Start shopping when the stores first open! Arriving at the store when the doors have just opened is often the best way to breeze through back-to-school shopping. You won’t have to wait in lines and you can find supplies more easily. Easier said than done but try to be an “early bird” for the day!
- Next summer, start back-to-school shopping earlier in the summer! It is often hard to think about, but consider doing some back-to-school shopping in order to avoid the large crowds. If you have a free day in the summer, use it to get some shopping out of the way!
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