Wow where did the Summer go? I’m sure it was June yesterday! As we’ve come to the beginning of September, and the start of a new school year, it’s time to start focusing on the house again once more. I like September as it feels a little bit like January and a new start. As we have just returned from our holiday to Walt Disney World this Summer, I have been looking at ways to save money at home this Autumn in a bid to build the savings back up and get prepared for Christmas.
Check Your Boiler Before The Winter
It’s really important to check the boiler still works whilst the weather is still warm. We returned from holiday last week and popped the boiler and hot water back on. All was fine for a few days until I jumped in the shower at the end of last week to find the water not heating up properly. I really didn’t want a cold shower, and thankfully I hadn’t dived under the water before checking it. I really do take these things for granted, and thankfully it just needed a reset, but it made me remember that we need to make time to check the appliances work regularly.
Get The Blankets Out
We have a great selection of blankets on the back of the sofa, and you can generally always find me under one in the evenings. We try not to put the heating on before the middle of October depending on the weather, and by having the blanket over me in the evening, and more often the cat will be on my lap too, it really does help to keep me warm as the evenings get colder.
Have Family Nights
It’s the season for Saturday night TV to start in preparation for its Christmas finale. As a family, we often enjoy Saturday night’s together in front of the TV. Not only does this help get us all together to spend time as a family, but it also helps keep the rooms warmer when we are all in the same one. Close the door and curtains, get the popcorn and drinks, and enjoy time chatting about the awful reality TV contestants that arrive on our screens.
We’re usually fed up of salads now September has arrived and it’s time to get the slow cooker out again, and get inspired with new meals to cook. With the busy after school schedules we have, it’s often easy to fall into the trap of forgetting to get something out of the freezer and grabbing a takeaway on the way home. I will be making a big effort to meal plan incorporating the slow cooker this Autumn so I don’t waste money on food.
Drink More Water
Water is so good for you, and we don’t drink anywhere near enough of it in our house. Tap water tastes as good as bottled water in my opinion as long as you run the tap through for a minute or so before adding to the glass. Drinking more water is not only good for your hydration, but if you’re not boiling the kettle all the time to make tea or coffee it’s going to save on the energy bills as well.
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