10 Money Saving Winter Hacks

10 Money Saving Winter Hacks

10 Money Saving Winter Hacks

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Wintertime can be one of the most expensive seasons of the year. You're turning your thermostat up. You're adding coats, gloves, hats, and scarves to your wardrobe. And then there's the holiday season. There are gifts to buy, goodies to bake, and fun things to do. To stay on a budget this winter, follow these money-saving tactics from CreditBox. 

1. Lower Your Thermostat 
Lower your thermostat a few degrees. Some people drop the temperature during the day when they're at work to save money. Others turn it down at night while they're sleeping. 

2. Find Other Ways to Stay Warm 
Try wearing layers, like sweaters, light jackets, leggings, and socks, while you're at home. Invest in a good humidifier. It will really warm up your house.  

3. Check Out Your Windows 
Most heat escapes through your windows. Keep your shades drawn at night, and open them up to let sunlight in during the day. If necessary, replace your windows to save money over time. 

4. Tackle Some DIY Projects
A little DIY time around the house is a great way to stay on a budget this winter. Replace your furnace filter. Clean your vents. Add insulation to your home. Look for and seal cracks in your walls. 

5. Stay Home and Cook Dinner 
Cooking dinners at home not only can save money, but also using your stove and oven can heat up your house. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to recipes for affordable dinners. 

6. Switch to LEDs 
LED bulbs last much longer than traditional bulbs and use less energy. Consider changing out your bulbs. While you're at it, choose colored LED lighting when decorating for the holiday season. 

7. Save Money on Gas 
Check your tires weekly to make sure they're fully inflated. Cold weather can deflate them, causing poor gas mileage. Plan your trips, like making a list for the grocery store so you only visit once a week. Stay home on holidays like New Year's Eve so you aren't stuck waiting in traffic.

8. Visit Thrift and Consignment Shops
Shopping for coats, jackets, gloves and other gear on a budget? Try your local thrift stores first. You'll be surprised at how many new and gently used items you can find in all sizes and styles.

9. Try DIY Holiday Gifts  
Instead of splurging on everyone this holiday season, make affordable gifts at home. Bake cookies for the neighbors. Have your kids get crafty and make ornaments for their friends. Offer to babysit for your sister instead of buying her an expensive outfit. 

10.  Plan Ahead for the Holiday Season 
Make a list of everyone you need to shop for and set a budget. Start early so that you can get affordable gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you're cooking a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, shop now for canned goods and items that won't go bad. 

At CreditBox, we understand that sticking to a budget takes time. That's why we offer fast, easy and secure installment loans. Apply on the CreditBox website in the matter of minutes. You can even earn extra cash with the CreditBox Refer-A-Friend program. For every friend you refer you’ll receive $100 and they’ll receive $50, too!
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