Do you have snow? We do! I don’t think it left from last winter. It comes early here and lingers around until April. We are always trying to find creative things to do with it because it’s here so much. Here are some things you can do in the snow that are either free or will cost you VERY little.
1. Sled. This has to be a given, but what family doesn’t love good ole’ fashioned sledding down a hill? It can take up a whole afternoon of fun, free entertainment for your family.
2. Make snow ice cream. If you haven’t done this, please do. Your children will love you for it. It’s easy, it has 3 ingredients and it will easily be your family’s favorite thing about snow! Here is the recipe we use.
3. Do a polar plunge. Have you ever seen a beautiful lake in the middle of winter and wanted to jump in it? Yeah me neither. However, many colder climate cities have this EVERY year. They get a group of (crazy) people and just jump in the lake for seconds. For many northerners, this is a right of passage to being a true northerner. I guess I’ll always be a poser, because I’ll never do it. But it sure is fun to watch! Google Polar Plunge and the name of your town and see if there is a local one. If anything, go watch 🙂
4. Go winter camping. My husband swears this is the greatest kind of camping, but I’ll just have to take his word for it. Most parks around us, are closed so there is no entrance fee during the winter so that helps with cost. And if you already have camping equipment, you are set. Just make sure you are prepared for the lower temperatures and maybe leave the kiddos at home for this one.
5. Host a bonfire. Go someplace where you can build a big fire to stay warm and invite friends to bring warm drinks and roast marshmallows! You can enjoy the beautiful snow, but not freeze! Everyone loves a good bonfire!
I’m sure by this time in the season, most people are not thinking about going to buy a pair of boots…unless, your old pair is ready to be replaced (like mine is!), you don’t have a good pair or you don’t want to miss out on a great deal on some boots! Clearance time is one of my favorite times of every season! 😉
Right now, Amazon and 6pm have some great deals on boots. They have boots that are 40-75%! With Amazon, you never know how long before the prices change. But, for now, check out some of these deals:
If they had my size, I would have bought them just before posting this. I love these! And, only $34.99 at 6pm.
Here’s another great looking pair that’s $23.70, that’s 70% off at 6pm.com!
Over at Amazon, this Rockport ankle boot was originally $150. You can get it for $41.64 and ships free!
There are so many styles and brands that are on sale that I could go on and on. Remember, at 6pm.com everything ships free. And, at Amazon, if the shoe is being sold directly by Amazon and costs more than $25, that will ship free also.
So, why wait for next season to think about getting boots, when you can get them on clearance now? 🙂
Is it time for you to get some new boots?
I know some of you are still bearing with 100 degree summer temperatures, but we got snow this morning where we live. So it’s time for us to start thinking about winterizing. This is very important to saving money on your energy bills.
1. Check all your windows to make sure they are shut, locked and there is no draft. This is a huge place for lost hot air. Go through your house, make sure you don’t feel a draft from your locked windows. If you do, try rolling up towels to lay there or buy some of the shrink wrap that you can put on windows.
2. Turn the attic fan off. A lot of homes have attic fans that run to help cool the house. We don’t want that heat escaping, so make sure it’s off.
3. Check for drafts around your door. This is another place our bought heat likes to escape from. Go check for drafts and if you have any, weather stripping works great, or even a rolled up towel at the bottom of the door works. HERE is an awesome tutorial about sewing your very own draft stopper as well.
4. Get a programmable thermostat. These are great because you don’t need to heat your house while you aren’t home, but you don’t want to come home to a cold house and just sit there waiting for the heater to warm it up. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it for one temperature while you are gone and then have it warm up before you come home. Don’t waste your heat when you aren’t home!
5. Replace your filters! Dirty filters can’t let heat properly get out and you just waste it. It doesn’t cost a lot to replace them and you’ll be happy you did.
What are you doing to get ready for winter?
I grew up watching movies where only “rich” people went skiiing and only in Aspen. Am I the only one? It wasn’t until I moved to the Northwest that I learned about ski bums and I knew all these college students that skipped class most days to go skiing or snowboarding definitely weren’t making the big bucks. Then it happened, I got addicted to snowboarding and I quickly figured out how to do it on a dime.
With it being the very height of ski season, here are some thrifty tips that I learned during my snowboard addiction.
1. Buy a season pass.
I would NOT recommend this to someone who has never been. If you are like my husband you may go once and decide you’d rather never step foot on a ski lift gain. However, if you know you plan on going a ton, this is the way to go! And the other secret is to buy it BEFORE the season begins. Most resorts will have a period where they sell them cheaper than normal pre-season. A lot of resorts do this post-season as well. This can easily save you a couple hundred dollars.
2. Buy your tickets at Costco.
A lot of resorts will strike a deal with Costco giving their lift tickets at a discount for club members. You usually have to buy 2-4 tickets, but if you have a group going this can easily save you $10-$20 dollars a ticket. Check with your local Costco to see if they have any lift tickets.
3. Bring your own food.
I’ve never been to a resort yet that didn’t allow outside food. Have you seen the cost of food inside the lodges? It’s usually pretty expensive. So bring your own and you are set. You can even leave a cooler in your car and when you’re ready for a break, head out there and enjoy a thrifty lunch.
4. Try night skiiing.
Our local ski resort has an awesome deal on night skiing or snowboarding. It’s actually half the price of an all day ticket. It’s perfectly lit up and they do a great job of keeping everyone safe.
5. Watch for discount days.
All of the resorts in our area have discount days. Usually they will do lift tickets 2 Fridays a season for just $10! There is usually some catch like you have to buy both days at once, but that is still a steal! Just plan on going twice.
6. Get your gear used.
Renting can get very expensive if you plan on doing a lot of snow sports. It’s best for you to own your own. However, buying used is a great option for saving money. Just watch for quality and have it inspected for safety. Always replace the bindings on both skis and snowboards for added safety.