Our new house is a passive solar house, meaning that it has the correct southern orientation during the winter that the sun beams in through the giant windows to heat the place during the day. We have huge windows all along the front of the house, so the sun comes in, hits the concrete floors, and heats up the interior to 70+ degrees – even if it is only 10 degrees outside. Free heat is absolutely fantastic, and our cat is loving the warm floors. However, around 9 or 10 at night, it does start to get a tad chilly as all the heat has dissipated – and then it is time to either head to the warmth of bed or have the radiant floor heat kick in. And this can get expensive, as our water heater(s) are powered by propane, which is not cheap right now. So while we have the radiant set to kick on if it goes below 62 in the house, there are a bunch of things we could do to stay a little warmer that also don’t cost as much money as running the water heater at full blast!
We just became official adults – we bought our own washer and dryer set. Somehow in my 36 years of life I have escaped having to buy my own units, as everywhere I have ever lived either had A. a laundry room or B. units already installed. Since I knew when I signed the lease that we would have to buy these, I started doing some research on them and came to the conclusion that this was going to cost an arm and a leg to get decent ones that will last a while. Sure, we could have bought $150 units and then replaced them every few years, but I wanted to buy ones that would last me a very long time. My mom has had hers since I was about 14 years old – and they are still going strong – and I wanted mine to last just as long. But being that we live in a small town and want to support the local economy, we had a limited amount of places to shop in – so we had to haggle on price a little to get to the price point we were comfortable with. And we succeeded.
Think you cannot save any money? Think putting away $100 a month into a savings account or towards paying off some credit card is impossible? If so, you would be wrong, as there are ways that anyone and everyone could save something – you just have to think a little creatively and look at the small picture rather than your overall monthly income balance sheet. There are hidden pennies and dollars everywhere you look! This is not for the person looking to put away hundreds of dollars a month, but rather for those of you looking to save anything at all – and here is where you can find the money.
Right about now I am lugging a giant box from one house to another in the freezing cold snow. Don’t you love moving? Me neither. It had been 60 degrees for weeks on end and now this…ugh. So I will keep this short – check out these articles I found to be of interest this past week. See you soon!
The Cap has the best way I have ever heard of for getting out of buying holiday gifts this year. I wonder if it is too late for me to put this plan into action?
Remember – if you have your health, a roof over your head, and food in your stomach, you are way ahead of millions of other people. Now THAT is something to be thankful for. I am very thankful for what I have in life and where I am headed, and wish everyone the same.