The nights are drawing in, the weather’s getting colder and winter is upon on us. Whether you love or hate this time of year, there are certain things you should buy and financial steps to take to make things go smoothly, improve the months ahead and save money in the long run.
Let’s take a closer look at 9 things you should invest in this winter:
1) HVAC and Other Maintenance
Before things get too cold it’s time to do any nagging home maintenance. When winter truly sets in you’re just not going to want to do it and paying the professionals could cost a little extra as well. Plus, if you require maintenance of your central heating system, leaving it too late means you’re going to be cold or losing money due to inefficiency.
Spend the money now so you don’t have to later.
2) Insulation and Coziness
There’s just something about winter that makes you want to curl up and hibernate, but do you have everything you need? Now’s the time to get that thick bathrobe or onesie, winter quilt and blanket, hot water bottle, and other items to make things cozy and comfortable in your home.
You might also consider extra insulation like draft excluders for doors.
3) The Essential Clothing
Investing in a good quality winter coat could last you a lifetime and some of the best styles never go out of fashion. Then there are hats, gloves, and scarves to think of, sensible footwear (maybe even snow boats), thick wooly jumpers and sweaters, extra thick socks and all the other essentials that keep you warm and comfortable.
Don’t be caught out trying to brave the t-shirt because you didn’t plan ahead.
4) Immune System Boosters
Whether we like it or not winter invariably brings with it coughs, colds and the flu. The lack of sunlight and therefore vitamin d lowers our immune systems, while viral illnesses ramp up. This makes it easier to catch something, and the harshness of the weather tends to make it harder to fight off.
To help prevent getting sick this winter, invest in some multi-vitamins or at least some packs of vitamin d, as well as maintaining a good diet. This will help keep your immune system strong.
You might also want to stock up on pain remedies and throat soothers to make it easier if you do end up catching something.
5) Holiday Gifts
Of course, as winter sets in, it is nearly time for the holidays and that means gifts. The best gift-givers are the ones that plan early and the wisest are those that give themselves the time to find the bargains.
If you’re one of those repetitive gift givers (socks again?) or somebody that takes a wild guess, why not really think about it this year. What does your recipient actually want or need? Are you willing to invest a little more into this relationship?
6) Sales Shopping
Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of sales, especially during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day, and the New Year January Sales. We say ‘take advantage’ though as it’s easy to overspend just for the sake of it.
View these sale periods as opportunities to buy what you need (and would have bought at some point anyway). But this way you can take advantage of the reduced prices.
If you’re particularly savvy you might even be able to stock up on certain high ticket items and sell them on later for a profit.
Even if you don’t have the cash upfront to take advantage of the sales you might consider using sites that help you find short-term loans to bridge the gap.
There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning during the cold winter months to realize the car is frozen solid and you’re going to be late to work as you frantically heat it up with the engine, scrape away at the windows and try not to crack them with jugs of water.
If only you had bought some deicer spray in the weeks prior!
8) Netflix and Indoor Entertainment
Some people like to be outdoors in the winter, sure, but many of us prefer to spend our time indoors keeping warm. But how do we stop ourselves becoming bored?
It’s time to invest in some indoor entertainment. Been putting off subscribing to Netflix? Now’s your chance to catch up on all of those shows everyone is talking about. Depending on your preferences, you might also want to consider Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon, or the various streaming sports networks.
Of course, indoor entertainment doesn’t have to be modern and tech-heavy, especially if you don’t want to spend too much money. There are many classic board games families can enjoy together, which are perfect for the holidays.
9) Pet Care
It’s not just us; our pets also need to take heed of the winter months. They too can feel cold, get sick and be cooped up indoors without much to do.
They still need exercise though. Don’t forget to walk your dog, but consider buying a doggie coat to keep them warm and even specially made boots to protect their feed on cold surfaces. Once home, treat them to some extra cozy bedding and remember to place their bed/basket away from cold drafts.
By following the above tips you should have a comfortable winter, with an efficient household, and some savings along the way. Got any other ideas about what to invest in during winter? Let us know in the comments below!