Get ready for the cold of winter with these Frugal Tips To Keep Warm This Winter. None are turning on the heat.
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We’re almost that time of year where it’s cold all day long, even in North Carolina. It’s when I want to leave the heat on all day, but I don’t want to see that electric bill at the end of the month. So instead, I utilize these tips to keep warm — that don’t include turning on the heat.
These tips are really important, especially this year. Inflation is high and so many families are seeing their utility bills go up but their paychecks are flatlined. Not dead, but steady and not rising.
You’re not making more, but you have to pay more. So you need to be conscious of a few things.
Hopefully these tips will help.
If you have your own tips, be sure to leave those in the comments. We’d love to hear what you do to stay warm.
These things to keep you warm are focused on keeping people warm. If you’re wondering how to keep your house warm in winter, check out our Ways To Save On Winter Home Bills post.
10 Tips To Keep You Warm This Winter
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Wear A Long Jacket
Wearing a jacket is definitely a must when it’s cold. But, a long jacket is such a good choice. I hate short jackets that allow a bit of wind to blow on your lower back. That sends a chill up your spine that never leaves! A long jacket prevents that.
Plus, then you can go around singing that CAKE song all day.
A short jacket is cute, but during the winter, you want to worry less about being cute and more about being warm. You can find jackets that are both fashionable and functional, but if you find a cute jacket without a hood and a not cute jacket with a hood, go with the latter.
Wear Gloves And A Hat
You want to make sure to have gloves and a hat or crotched headband in your jacket pockets. I actually keep a set in every jacket, so I always have gloves and a headband no matter what jacket I wear.
And a scarf is great too.
Try and cover any skin that’s exposed to the air. It’ll help keep you warm when you’re outside and don’t have the luxury of turning on the heat anyway.
Cook Soup — Or Just Cook In The Oven
I am such a fan of making soup in the winter. I’ll make all different recipes in either the slow cooker or in our Dutch oven. Serve them warm (okay, I probably serve them too warm), and they will warm up your body.
What I really like about soup is how well it freezes. You can make a huge batch, serve it, freeze the leftovers, and then pull them out on a day when you’ve spent it outside playing in the snow and you’re too tired to cook a meal.
Our favorite winter soups are Cauliflower Soup, Homemade Alphabet Soup, and Slow Cooker Chicken Soup.
We also have this huge list of Super Soup Recipes to warm your soul.
Or also, just cook in the oven. Using the oven will heat up the home because the oven is hot. Then, when you’re done cooking, crack the door of the oven open. The heat from the oven will fill your home and heat it up.
We don’t recommend this tip if you have young kids or pets, though. That could potentially be unsafe for them.
Our favorite recipes made in the oven are Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Vesuvio, Mushroom And Rice Casserole, and One Pan Chicken And Veggies.
If it snows by you, boots are so important.
If you’re outside in the snow in sneakers, your feet will get so cold. And that will flow through your entire body. So boots are a must.
And socks. Oh my gosh, socks.
I used to wear snowboarding socks, even when I wasn’t snowboarding. Those are the only socks that kept my feet really warm in cold New York winters, so I swear by them now. Even if I was just going to be outside, like walking around in a park, I had to wear snowboarding socks.
Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is to snuggle. And when the weather is right, it’s perfect. Grab a blanket and have snuggle time while watching a movie.
Plus, when you are all snuggled together under a blanket, everyone stays warm — no matter what the weather is doing outside.
But of course, don’t forget the snacks, like Popcorn, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheerios Chex Muddy Buddies, or No Bake Chocolate Chip Walnut Energy Balls.
And, if you want to make it a movie night, get tips for that in our How To Have An At Home Movie Night post.
You don’t want to go outside to take a walk or go for a jog when it’s cold out, but if you get moving, you’ll get warmer.
We have a great post with 10 Ways To Get 10,000 Steps When It’s Too Cold To Walk Outside.
If you want to exercise inside to warm up, jumping rope or running in place are great ideas to get your body temperature rising.
Our top exercising indoor ideas are to run in place, jump rope, or have a dance party.
Drink something warm
If you’re feeling cold and want to warm your body up quickly, drink something warm. That’ll definitely help your body warm up from the inside.
Hot chocolate is always a good choice. And Pete used to make me mochas all the time that were delicious.
Whatever you make, just be sure you can serve it in a glass that can handle the heat. There have been a few times when I’ve microwaved a drink only to find out the handle on the cup is extremely hot. That’s one way to warm up, but not exactly the best way.
Our favorite warm drink recipes are Peppermint Mocha, Spiked Apple Cider (for 21+), and Spiked Mocha Nut Coffee.
When I worked at a clothing store in the mall, we were always encouraged to wear layers. It was the style, but I think it also made the workers buy more clothes from the store. And then we could convince shoppers to buy more clothes.
But during the winter you should definitely wear layers to keep yourself warm. A thermal under a shirt goes a long way when you’re cold.
There were times when our basement in New York was so cold, I would wear a sweatshirt over a sweatshirt. That’s a little cumbersome, but it worked to keep me warm.
Our top layering tips:
- Women: Start with a camisole as the bottom layer
- Men: Start with an undershirt
- Kids: Just pile on everything they won’t take off
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Hot air rises. And you don’t want all the hot air stuck on your ceiling when you exist on the floor. So, what you want to do is switch the direction your ceiling fans are spinning in during the winter.
Running it clockwise during the winter will push the hot air down to you. Conversely, you’ll want to run it counterclockwise during the summer to bring the hot air up and away from you.
Even if you’re not using the heat, you’ll want to run the fan for this reason. I know. It sounds ridiculous to keep the fan on during the winter but trust me. It’s a good idea.
Before turning the heat on, grab a blanket. We have two Mexican blankets on our couches downstairs that my grandma bought us on one of her trips. They’re so warm.
So, definitely add a throw blanket on your couch. It can act as décor when you’re warm and warmth when you’re cold.
What tips do you have to keep warm in the winter? Be sure to leave them for us in the comments.
Monday 16th of January 2023
Yep, all of these help so much! I bought my first pair of electric/battery operated gloves this year and oh my; I FINALLY have a pair of gloves that keep my hands warm outside. I love it. It seemed like not matter what I used to do I just could not keep my fingers and toes warm and that made me miserable outside but living in New England the cold and snow are just a part of life that we have to learn to love. And I'm slowly learning..
drugstore diva lisa
Thursday 19th of January 2023
WHAT?! Electric gloves? I never heard of such a thing. OMG. I'm going to look them up now!
Tuesday 10th of January 2023
Everybody knows that if you come by my house in the winter, you better be bundled up #anythinggoes
Wednesday 2nd of November 2016
I need a new long jacket. The one I have is REALLY old and has a few too many holes. Even here in the south we get chilly days!
Tuesday 1st of November 2016
Layers! Don't forget layers! It's the perfect solution for keeping warm (and cooling off if you get too hot).
Tuesday 1st of November 2016
Winter gets so cold in the the Northeast!!! These are great tips, I know I love a good movie night for staying warm!