Frugal Wintertime



Today is Friday, and it’s time to gather all you thinkers and wise Mamas who make a difference.  My ONLY focus right now is how to keep this old farm house in freezing cold rural Indiana warm & safe for my husband & kiddos (who thankfully aren’t wee ones).  Here are some tips that I have used this winter so far:

*Stay in.  I know, obvious.  But this is NOT the time to go traveling just for the “cabin fever” crazies.  Who wants to get stuck in 10 below weather??  And if you must, if you have one, bring along those cell phones!

*Stay busy.  Make a dream board. Sew. Bake a new recipe.  Pop popcorn and watch that movie.  Write, do, move.  Oh, and for those Mamas who tend to get a little bit down during the darkness….MOVE!!  Set those timers, and move for 20 minutes!!  I have a wonderful walking dvd from Leslie Sansone, which I highly recommend……the kids join me, because their health is important too.  And it warms you up!!  Think summer!!

*All Blankets out.  My couches are hardly recognizable.

*Quilts, tape & plastic.  Most of my windows are covered.  Farm stores (and others) sell wonderful plastic stuff for the windows that you use a hair dryer on, and you can see right through the stuff.

*Boil water.  Adding moisture to air  makes it warmer.  The moisture holds the heat in.  In that water you can throw some cloves and cinnamon too, and awaken your senses!!

*Don’t forget your animals.  They CANNOT stay outside in this without proper protection from wind, wet & cold.

*Close off rooms and vents that you are not using. 

*Close off doors to the house that you aren’t using.  We are now using the back entrance to the house.  We are living in 4 rooms only (half of the house, the kids’ rooms are upstairs, which they are not in right now).  It’s “camping” and fun, and we will survive.

*Keep ceiling fans ON.  They circulate the heat baby!!

*Put on more clothes.  really. An extra pair of socks can make a world of a difference.

Here are some of my favorite links on frugal/voluntarily simple lives that give me inspiration to just live simply!!

The Simple Living Network: tons of articles of interest

Backwoods Home: Love this site!

Stress Less Country:  Lots to dig through on this one, worth the time!

All of these things bless our family & my husband.  He knows that I watch out for our household. 

Proverbs 31:27  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

I will do anything possible to keep him from having to work overtime or worry while he is gone!!  Check out more wonderful ideas at Biblical Womanhood.

In Joy!



Saving Money in the cold

Ice on the trees!

Ice on the trees!

Oh, it’s cold.


We have LP Gas and the guy was here Monday to fill it up.  The bill was astronomical.  Even at $2.09 a gallon that we locked into in the summertime.  An $820.00 bill. 

I am trying to be very careful to watch the words that come from my mouth at this time.  I do believe that we can get a wee bit cranky and let words leak from out of mouth that we really don’t intend to.  And cranky really isn’t the word right now: it’s COLD!

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

 Reckless words pierce like a sword,
       but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

So, today I will stay busy, busy.  And make the kiddos busy, busy!!  There is plenty to do.  I need to do wash, most I will hang to dry that way it adds moisture to the dry which is essential in the dry winter heat.  Sheets I will dry in the dryer.  We have a vent that filters the air right back into the kitchen, moisture and heat!!  These are the type of days that tea will be started early, I have a scone recipe…..I use the oven much more in the winter.  But we will try to keep the heat low, in order to save …… and keep a busy, happy house!!

Stay warm everyone!!