snow http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1333/all en-US 6 Affordable Places to Ski http://www.wisebread.com/6-affordable-places-to-ski <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-affordable-places-to-ski" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-597967434.jpg" alt="Family finding affordable places to ski" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a lot of white stuff out there this year, but the lift ticket prices at popular resorts, like Sierra's Heavenly or Colorado's Vail, are steeper than the slopes. Snow lovers on a budget, don't despair. Especially for beginners, there are plenty of ski and snowboard destinations where you can have lots of fun without the sticker shock.</p> <p>What's the difference between budget resorts and premium ones? One difference is elevation. Resorts on lower peaks charge less, because sometimes they miss out on snow that higher points get. Another factor is size. If you're an animal out there and want to attack 25 different runs in one day, it may be worth it to shell out big bucks for a huge resort. If you're planning on sticking to intermediate runs and taking long cocoa breaks, go to a smaller, cheaper resort.</p> <p>Location is another factor, since cheaper resorts may be more isolated from urban areas or gorgeous scenery. Then there are amenities: ice rinks, designer shops, and free s'mores around outdoor fireplaces. All of those are very nice, but if you just want to ski or ride cheap, opt for one of these low-frills places instead.</p> <h2>1. Bear Valley, California</h2> <p>Lake Tahoe has the glitz and the views, but the same 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco could also get you to <a href="http://www.bearvalley.com/" target="_blank">Bear Valley</a>, a family-friendly resort between Tahoe and Yosemite where an adult lift ticket runs $70&ndash;$80 (instead of the $100 plus you'll pay at Tahoe). The resort boasts 10 lifts, including plenty of Black Diamonds, and a terrain park.</p> <h2>2. Mount Rose, Nevada</h2> <p>If you're flying into Reno, check out <a href="http://skirose.com/tickets-%E2%80%A2-lessons-%E2%80%A2-rentals/lift-tickets-specials/" target="_blank">Mount Rose</a>, where a four-person family pack of lift tickets costs just $320&ndash;$330 and Tuesdays are BOGO. The resort operates shuttles into Reno, and since it's at higher elevation than Tahoe resorts, it's sometimes the only hill in the area with snow.</p> <h2>3. Mount Baldy, California</h2> <p>Skiing in So Cal? Not only does it exist, but it's cheap as heck at <a href="http://mtbaldyskilifts.ltibooking.com/product/20/CA/Mt.-Baldy-1-Day-Lift-Tickets.htm#01-2017" target="_blank">Mount Baldy</a>, where passes bought in advance online can dip below $50. But as you might guess based on the location, just an hour from Los Angeles, this resort doesn't always have snow. When it does, drop everything and head for the mountains.</p> <h2>4. Crested Butte, Colorado</h2> <p>Lift tickets are around $100, but kids ski free during the early and late season. <a href="http://www.skicb.com/tickets-passes/lift-tickets" target="_blank">Crested Butte</a> has 15 lifts and 121 trails. This high-elevation, no-frills resort is four hours from Denver.</p> <h2>5. Snowbird, Utah</h2> <p>Lift tickets are $106&ndash;$116; <a href="http://www.snowbird.com/specials/" target="_blank">Snowbird</a>'s stay-and-ski packages can bring that down a bit. That might not seem like such a low price until you consider that Snowbird is considered one of the top mountains in the United States, with tons of terrain and snow that makes the Sierra's &quot;powder&quot; feel like sludge.</p> <h2>6. Mt. Bachelor, Oregon</h2> <p>I don't usually think of Oregon for skiing, but <a href="https://www.mtbachelor.com/" target="_blank">Mt. Bachelor</a>, 22 miles west of Bend, sounds like a lot of fun, with 101 runs and 3,365 feet of vertical drop. Lift tickets are $92, and they have kids ski free packages. Besides, when you're done skiing, you get to hang out in Bend, known for its craft brews and artsy vibe.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-timeshares-ever-worth-the-investment">Are Timeshares Ever Worth the Investment?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel california mountains nevada oregon skiing snow snowboarding Utah vacation west coast Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:08 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1888399 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-499910260.jpg" alt="make use of all that snow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to increasingly wacky weather patterns, most of the United States sees at least a dusting of snow once a year and, yes, that includes typically powder-free areas like Florida, Southern California, Texas, and Hawaii. In fact, the Big Island of Hawaii recently welcomed a winter storm that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/us/hawaii-snow-warning/" target="_blank">dropped about six inches of the white stuff</a> on its higher elevations. Building an igloo in paradise &mdash; can you imagine?!</p> <p>Besides building snowmen and having snow fights, here are several ideas to take advantage of your abundance of snow. Some may save you money, while others are just downright delicious.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget</a></p> <h2>1. Make Sweet Snow Treats</h2> <p>If you've never made snow ice cream (and I haven't; this is a tip from a friend), consider this very essential criteria: The snow must be fresh, clean, and untouched. I mean, you're going to eat it, so you'll want to steer clear of the yellow spots. Once you've identified a pristine area of freshly fallen snow, scoop up about eight cups or so, which you'll then combine with a quick-and-easy milk/sugar/salt/vanilla mixture. The author of the food blog Gimme Some Oven has prepared this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/" target="_blank">snow ice cream</a> that calls for sprinkles on top &mdash; because why not? Definitely gonna give this a try myself.</p> <p>If you're a little more ambitious, check out this recipe for&nbsp;<a href="http://happyhooligans.ca/make-maple-syrup-snow-candy-3-simple-steps/" target="_blank">maple syrup snow candy</a>, which apparently is also quite popular.</p> <h2>2. Store Extra Food and Drinks</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I have more food than I can fit into my fridge over the holidays and into the winter. It's mostly space-taking containers full of soup and other hearty dishes. I also store liquor outside during the winter &mdash; the hard stuff isn't in danger of freezing. To keep the animals away from my stash, I put everything in a cooler and pack the snow around it for safe keeping for as long as it lasts.</p> <h2>3. Adult Snow Cones</h2> <p>Maybe it's the perpetual college kid in me, but when the news folk start yammering on about a major snowstorm that threatens to close down the schools, government, and roads for at least a day, I immediately start making plans for my icy bar crawl. That's just what you do as an adult on a snow day. I've even braved blizzard conditions to get to bars about half a mile away from my house on foot; that's how invested I am in this annual tradition. Just make sure you dress accordingly, of course.</p> <p>If you're not the adventurous type, you can still enjoy a snow-day libation celebration in front of your own fireplace with homemade adult snow cones. Rob Clement over at Fansided recorded a&nbsp;<a href="http://foodsided.com/2014/02/12/make-adult-snow-cones-real-snow-video/" target="_blank">how-to video on making grown-up snow cones</a>, which feature thawed berries, a couple flavor extracts, and a shot of bourbon.</p> <h2>4. Scrub Your Winter Outerwear</h2> <p>If you have down- or poly-filled outerwear, particularly the nylon and polyester variety, it's best to keep them out of the washer and dryer. They'll either get all mangled and lumpy from the wash cycle, or damaged in the dry cycle, and then you'll be SOL for the next storm. Instead, take them outside for a &quot;snow wash.&quot; Grab a sponge or firm-bristled brush and use the clean snow to rid the items of winter schmutz, like dirt and salt stains. You can likely do this without a cleanser, but a dab of dish soap will work so long as you properly rinse the item once you're done and hang it to dry.</p> <h2>5. Fortify Your Garden</h2> <p>I can't keep a houseplant alive &mdash; I honestly don't know <em>what</em> I'm doing wrong &mdash; but my friend and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kevinrichberg.com/" target="_blank">travel blogger/Huffington Post contributor</a> Kevin Richberg knows a thing or two about botany.</p> <p>&quot;Garden enthusiasts will shovel [snow] on top of all the delicate summer bulbs they're trying to overwinter in the ground because snow is the ultimate insulation against delicate plant tissue freezing in the soil.&quot;</p> <p>I don't suppose that'll work for my indoor dracaena?</p> <h2>6. Wash Your Hands and Face and Hair</h2> <p>I asked a bunch of my friends how they would use snow to save money, and one of them said that he'd fill up his toilet with it. I had so many other questions after that &mdash; like why, for instance (he said to converse water) &mdash; but I eventually digressed and promised myself that I'd draw the frugal line at dragging a bucket full of snow up my steps just so I could do my business in it.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CH2KGboA35c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Other people, however, have found more practical bathroom uses for snow &mdash; like Rosemary Clooney, who likes to wash her hands and face and hair in it&hellip;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2KGboA35c" target="_blank">and then sing about it</a>.</p> <h2>7. Replace Water in Your Hot Tub</h2> <p>If your hot tub or Jacuzzi is low on water in the winter because of all the half-naked people you're piling in it, take advantage of the snow by shoveling enough in to top it off so you don't have to turn on your outdoor faucet and use the hose. You should be turning this off in the winter to prevent freezing and pipe bursting, anyway.</p> <h2>8. Store Melted Snow for Future Yard, House, and Car Maintenance</h2> <p>If you have any large containers, perhaps coolers or barrels or really anything with multi-gallon capacity that can be sealed, you have the perfect vessel to store melted snow for future use watering your plants, pressure-washing your house, or washing your car. This tactic could come in handy if your area faces a particularly dry spring and summer, or drought conditions that force water restrictions.</p> <h2>9. Clean a Wool Rug</h2> <p>You'll save at least a hundred bucks on cleaning your large wool rug by placing it outside for at least 30 minutes in temps well below freezing before scrubbing it with snow. Apartment Therapy provides further details on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-a-rug-with-snow-h-109136" target="_blank">how to clean a wool rug with snow</a>. Just remember to bundle up.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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That's probably not a bad idea, considering that the trusty Farmer's Almanac says Old Man Winter plans to unleash an exceptionally cold and wet one. But between posting photos of palm trees and swimming pools to Facebook so your friends can curse the day you were born, you may need to pick up some work to pay the tab for such luxury. What kind of seasonal gigs can you get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">this winter</a>? Take a look and start setting yourself up for success today.</p> <h2>1. Telecommute From Your Existing Job</h2> <p>Not everybody has the good fortune of being able to work from home, but if you work for a company that allows telecommuting, or you're an entrepreneur with mobility, take advantage of it. Earlier this year, I left my home in New York to spend a month dodging the cold in sunny, warm Los Angeles. It was just what I needed to recharge my winter-worn body and soul, and I returned home mid-spring excited and reinvigorated.</p> <h2>2. Pick Up Odd Jobs Around Town</h2> <p>There are plenty of ways to pick up odd jobs around the town you're visiting, especially if you're particularly skilled in a certain discipline. On Craigslist, for instance, you can find a decent amount of handyman jobs and other around-the-house work. In college, I used to help elderly folks around their homes, like weeding and planting in their gardens, and it was quite rewarding. If you're not as good with your hands, however, try picking up gigs as a freelancer. There are<a href="https://www.freshbooks.com/blog/freelance-jobs"> more than 70 sites from which to choose</a>, ranging from generic, all-job types to more focused disciplines including: writing, photography, and design.</p> <h2>3. Become a Personal Taxi Service</h2> <p>I started <a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com">driving for Uber</a> and Lyft a couple months ago &mdash; signing into the apps occasionally when I have the extra time &mdash; and I've made well over $1,000 already. If you've brought your personal vehicle with you to your winter escape, consider this option. It's been a great way for me to make extra cash, but I also enjoy interacting with my riders and learning a little about their lives during the ride.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Offer candy &mdash; I use Starbursts and Dum-Dums &mdash; and small bottles of water to your riders for free. Everyone who gets in my car is instantly happier when they see the candy, and as a result, they leave an excellent review and a tip (the latter of which isn't required on these services) more often than not.</p> <h2>4. Offer to Watch People's Pets</h2> <p>Last winter, I signed up for DogVacay (Rover.com is another <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">pet-sitting site</a> that I can recommend) to make extra cash while I was working from home around the holidays or when it was too cold for me to go to my office. I've met so many awesome pets and pet parents using these services, I've put more than $500 in my bank account, and there's not a whole lot to it. All you have to do is make sure the pet is comfortable while their parent is away with lots of love and snuggles in between food and bathroom breaks. If you're snowbirding in a rental, you should check with the owners before you sign up, but for animal lovers, this is a great gig.</p> <h2>5. Apply for Seasonal Retail Work</h2> <p>Every mall in America needs extra hands on deck during the holiday season &mdash; and if you're a pro at customer service, pop into stores at which you think you'll enjoy working and inquire about opportunities. Don't limit yourself to the mall though. Lots of local businesses and stand-alone chains need additional help through the holidays and sometimes beyond, and you may be able to land a gig super close to home by broadening your search.</p> <h2>6. Wait Tables at a Local Restaurant</h2> <p>Like retailers, restaurants also often require additional staffing during the holidays to accommodate heavier traffic. You may not get prime hours, or even a spot on the floor if you don't have previous restaurant experience, but there may be a place for you behind the scenes or even as a host.</p> <h2>7. Investigate Substitute Teaching</h2> <p>Have a certified teaching certificate? Visit your local school district to identify opportunities that will put you in a classroom for a daily wage. Since requirements for substitute teachers vary from state-to-state, check out this guide on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teacher.org/career/substitute-teacher/">How to Become a Substitute Teacher</a>.</p> <h2>8. Keep the Peace as a Part-Time Security Guard</h2> <p>Some states that have temperate weather year-round also play host to Major League Baseball training camps, and there are job opportunities at these small stadiums &mdash; like manning the concession stand or providing security. As a baseball fan, I couldn't pass up the chance for seasonal work in the southern states. You can also apply to become a security guard for apartment complexes, malls, or other public areas.</p> <h2>9. Look Into Opportunities at a Local Resort</h2> <p>Chances are, there are several resorts wherever you're heading for the winter, and just about the same time you plan to arrive is when they're in need for additional staff. There are lots of different types of jobs available at these resorts, including: front desk, night auditing, maid services, kitchen work, and more. If you happen to be close to an amusement park, you might even have a chance to walk around greeting guests at a costumed character, making you the hero of all your friends' children and grandchildren back home.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg&amp;description=9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg" alt="9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Lifestyle Travel job search jobs snow snowbirds telecommute winter work-from-home Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1815055 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter_woman_000052678066.jpg" alt="Woman trying to avoid hidden costs of winter" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As I type this article, the temperature outside is negative 17 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind chill? Negative 32. And this is, like, our fifth round of this frigid nonsense this year. We've gotten used to the cold, so I complain mostly to establish my clout as a northern girl who knows her winter weather and storms. As you might not know, there are costs hidden in the feet of snow dumped on our streets, the ice coating the trees overhanging our homes, and the plunging temperatures that seem unrelenting. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-need-to-do-now-to-prepare-for-winter?ref=seealso">9 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare for Winter</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to avoid paying them.</p> <h2>1. Frozen Pipes</h2> <p>We had a plumber over the other day, and he was telling us about all the frozen pipes his team has been dealing with this winter. When pipes burst, they don't just dump water into your home. They run a path of destruction, ruining flooring, flooding furnaces, and more. The costs can be staggering. To avoid this unfortunate situation, make sure your pipes stay warm. The plumber explained to us that problems often arise when people go away and turn their heat down low, so keep your thermostat on a toasty 65 or higher. And learn where your <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFZwynKnbQE">main water shutoff valve</a> is so you can stop the worst damage before it starts.</p> <h2>2. Fire Hazards</h2> <p>When the weather gets frightful, people often turn to secondary heating source to supplement the furnace. They switch on things like electric or gas heaters, gas or wood stoves, and light up fireplaces. Whenever you're using a flame inside your home, make sure you're watching it carefully. Fire is one of the most costly tragedies because you could lose absolutely everything you own, including your home. Get your <a href="http://www.csia.org/about-csia/faq.aspx">chimney cleaned annually</a> to eliminate the risk of fire. And always open your flue the whole way, which will keep the airflow in proper order.</p> <h2>3. Fallen Trees</h2> <p>With all that ice and snow and wind, there's a risk that trees around your home might fall without notice. We've never experienced this one ourselves, but we did almost buy a home where several sick-looking trees were overhanging the property. I still walk by that place and wonder when the damage is going to happen. Although there's not a lot you can do to ensure those trees won't come crashing down onto your roof or worse, you can be proactive &mdash; especially since costs aren't always covered by insurance. If you have trees hanging close to your house, consider trimming them back. Remove rotting or sick trees entirely. You can often get a free quote for the work (get several), and though it might cost a lot upfront, you'll save later on.</p> <h2>4. Ice Dams</h2> <p>We've had some impressively long icicles this year. They're both beautiful and slightly terrifying at the same time. Not only do ice dams pose dangers to people hanging below, but they can also cause some <a href="http://www.syracuse.com/weather/index.ssf/2015/02/snow_cold_means_icicle_season_in_cny_where_are_the_biggest_ones.html">major roof problems</a> by blocking water from flowing freely. Try removing as much snow as possible from your roof. If that's not a viable option, try removing icicles or hire a professional to come out and do it for you. It will cost less to take care of an issue before it gets downright nasty. To prevent the dams next year, add more insulation to your attic and check out heated wires you can install on gutters that melt ice away.</p> <h2>5. Utility Costs</h2> <p>Now, with the electric components, especially heaters, utility costs can climb. Your heater could be costing you between $50 and $120 per month to run &mdash; and when you consider that winter lasts forever some places, that adds up fast. Try running your heater at minimum and &mdash; instead &mdash; layering up with warm clothes for free. Otherwise, some general home maintenance can take care of a lot of the dollars that are literally flying out your windows. Check around for drafts and cover them up. Get your furnace serviced to ensure it's running properly. Use thermal curtains to block cold air out on the worst days. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-lower-winter-energy-costs?ref=seealso">7 Easy Ways to Lower Winter Utility Costs</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you control the high cost of a chilly winter? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-lower-winter-energy-costs">7 Easy Ways to Lower Winter Energy Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-snow-and-save">How to Remove Snow and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home heating home maintenance snow winter Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1315155 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-cleaning-snow-windshield-Dollarphotoclub_28403476.jpg" alt="woman cleaning snow car" title="woman cleaning snow car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The weather outside may be frightful, but your driving experience can still be delightful. All it takes is a little preparation to set yourself up for a safe and sound winter driving season.</p> <p>Of course, the best advice is always this: When the roads are slick and unsafe, stay home. But if you must go out, you'll be glad you planned ahead.</p> <h2>1. Check the Battery</h2> <p>Your vehicle's battery <a href="http://corporate.interstatebatteries.com/winterizing_batteries/">loses 33% of its power</a> when the temperature dips below freezing and as much as 60% of its juice when the mercury falls below zero. So it's wise to give the battery and its charger a once-over to ensure they're performing optimally. A quick trip to your local car technician will quickly reveal whether the battery is winter-ready, or corroded and otherwise not performing well.</p> <h2>2. Switch to Winter Wiper Blades and Cold Weather Washer Fluid</h2> <p>Windshield wipers are crucial to a clear view from the driver's seat &mdash; but a nasty winter storm makes their job many times harder. That's why you should consider investing in a pair of winter blades, which are built to withstand precipitation and freezing cold. Most winter blades are encased in a protective rubber shell that prevents ice and snow from hardening on the wiper. The going rate for a pair ranges from less than $20 to about $40, depending on size and quality.</p> <p>While you're attending to windshield issues, car safety experts also suggest switching over to cold weather washer fluid, or any brand containing antifreeze.</p> <h2>3. Store a Shovel in the Trunk</h2> <p>You're driving down the road when your tires hit a patch of ice that sends you sliding into a snow bank. It's a gentle spinout that causes no injury or damage, but now your front tires are sunk in a heap of fresh snow. You're not going anywhere for awhile &mdash; unless you packed a shovel and have the muscle to dig yourself out. The shovel needn't be a humdinger, just something sturdy that fits in the trunk.</p> <h2>4. Check the Tire Pressure</h2> <p>For every 10 degree change in temperature, car tires <a href="http://www.goodyear.com/cfmx/web/corporate/media/news/story.cfm?a_id=371">lose a pound of pressure</a>. That's why it's wise to make sure the pressure in all four tires is in check at the outset of the winter season. In cold weather, any pressure imbalance will be made that much worse.</p> <h2>5. Evaluate the Tire Tread Depth</h2> <p>Car tires in any season need <a href="http://www.tirerack.com/winter/tech/index.jsp">a tread depth of at least 6/32-inch</a> to get adequate traction, according to Tire Rack. If yours fall short, you're going to need to go tire shopping. Wintry road conditions necessitate even more depth than normal to help the tire grooves compress and release snow as they roll. Without sufficient tread depth, spinouts are more likely.</p> <p>Should you opt for new winter tires, be sure to get a full set. Mounting winter tires on the front of a front-wheel-drive car can prompt sliding while putting winter tires only on the back of a rear-drive car will make turns more difficult.</p> <h2>6. Switch to Thinner Oil</h2> <p>Cold weather thickens the engine oil, which forces the car battery to work double time to get your car running smoothly. But you can give your battery a break and prevent potential engine trouble by switching over to a thinner oil. Most vehicles are served well by a 5W-20, 5W-30, or 10W-30 oil formula, but be sure to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/winterizing-your-vehicle/index.htm">check your owners manual</a> for notes on compatibility. It's also wise to have the oil filter changed to maintain fluidity.</p> <h2>7. Pack a Blanket</h2> <p>Should you get stranded on the side of a highway during a temper tantrum by Jack Frost, you'll be much less likely to run the risk of frostbite, hypothermia, or plain old cold weather discomfort if you've got a warm blanket stowed away in the trunk. While you're at it, it's not a bad idea to add a set of hand warmers, gloves, a wooly hat, a flashlight, bottled water, and a non-perishable snack to your winter weather emergency survival kit. Here's hoping you never have to use it.</p> <p><em>What do you do to prep your car for winter?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-prepare-your-car-for-winter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-car-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Car Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-dangerous-mistakes-even-safe-drivers-make">8 Dangerous Mistakes Even Safe Drivers Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-freeze-for-nearly-free">How Not To Freeze For Nearly Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-driving">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Driving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living auto Cars driving emergencies snow winter Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1271197 at http://www.wisebread.com 56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/winter-155262290.jpg" alt="winter" title="winter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever feel like cold weather gets the best of you? Here are some ideas for facing Old Man Winter and winning, even when it's cold and miserable outside. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-seal-leaks-and-reduce-your-winter-heating-bill?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill</a>)</p> <h2>Hacks for Your Car</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winwinter-164751374-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>1. If your car gets stuck in the snow, try putting kitty litter under the tires to gain some traction.</p> <p>2. Cover your windshield wipers with old socks so snow won't stick to them.</p> <p>3. Clean your car often, as de-icing compounds can be corrosive to the surfaces they attach to.</p> <p>4. To help clean the bottom of your car, run a lawn sprinkler under it for 30 minutes on a warmer day.</p> <p>5. Use your car's floor mats to help you get traction if you get stuck and don't have any other options.</p> <p>6. Check your tire tread using a penny. If Lincoln's head shows, get new tires.</p> <p>7. Make your own winter windshield washer fluid from 2 quarts rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon dish detergent.</p> <p>8. Spray your car windows with a 3:1 vinegar/water mixture. This will keep ice from forming on your windows (though you will still have to remove the snow). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-weird-and-wonderful-ways-to-use-vinegar?ref=seealso">10 Wonderful Ways to Use Vinegar</a>)</p> <p>9. Cover your side mirrors with a freezer-sized ziplock bag, zipped as far as it will go. It will prevent ice from forming and you won't have to remember to clean your mirrors.</p> <p>10. Use a heat rub, like what you would rub on sore muscles, to help loosen a frozen lock.</p> <p>11. Park facing east, so that the sun will do much of your snow removal work for you.</p> <p>12. Throw a piece of carpet or area rug over your windshield to keep off the ice and snow. Tuck it under the windshield wipers to hold it down, then toss it in your trunk when you're ready to go. If you get stuck, you can also use it to help you get traction.</p> <p>13. If you can't find/don't have an ice scraper use a hard kitchen spatula (not a metal one) or even a credit card to clean off windows.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snow-patrol-winter-driving-safety-kit-must-haves?ref=seealso">Car Safety Kit Must-Haves for Winter</a>)</p> <h2>Keep Warm and Save Energy</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winwinter-457827703-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>14. Run your ceiling fan on low and spin it clockwise (reverse) to help warm air trapped by the ceiling to make it back down to floor level.</p> <p>15. Electric blankets use very little energy. If you plan to stay in one place for while, curl up with one to save energy.</p> <p>16. Utilize the sun to help warm your home by opening the curtains when the sun is out. Even with external temps low, the sun will help your home stay warmer, especially via south-facing windows. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-ways-to-keep-your-home-warm-this-winter?ref=seealso">Frugal Ways to Warm Up Your Home</a>)</p> <p>17. Use your oven as much as possible, since it will help keep your home warm. When you finish cooking, open the oven door to take as much advantage of the heat as possible.</p> <p>18. Try heating your home (or at least a room) with tealights. Even if it doesn't work, it will distract you so you stop thinking about the cold for a while.</p> <p>19. Utilize thick curtains to help keep heat in. If you don't want to change the look of your room, line your existing curtains with fleece or a shower curtain. If you really like this idea, place heavy curtains in front of your doors, too.</p> <p>20. Insulate your garage doors to save energy and stay warm.</p> <p>21. Keep a small refrigerator outside. As long as the temperature is chilly, you can keep food cold without plugging it in and save on energy.</p> <p>22. Use a hot water bottle to warm your bed before you get in it (and then to keep it warm all night).</p> <p>23. Put your pajamas on your hot water bottle, so they're warm when you pull them on.</p> <p>24. Turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees. With a sweater, you won't likely notice the difference, and you can save significantly on heating costs.</p> <p>25. Similarly, turn down the setting on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-lower-water-heater-costs">hot water heater</a>. You will still be able to take warm showers, wash clothes, etc., but you will save on your energy bills.</p> <p>26. You can lose a lot of heat through drafts. Caulk or otherwise fill in the space where the draft comes in, so you don't waste energy.</p> <p>27. Use tin foil behind your radiator, space heater, or heating vents to reflect heat back into the house.</p> <h2>Health and Beauty Tips</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winwinter-87474612-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>28. Before you put on eyeliner, hold the end of the pencil between two fingers for about 20 seconds. This will warm it enough so it will apply much easier than when it is cold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pretty-cheap-makeup-advice-for-the-frugal?ref=seealso">Makeup Advice for the Frugal</a>)</p> <p>29. Keep your showers short. This gives your skin less of an opportunity to dry out.</p> <p>30. Reduce hat hair by using dry shampoo when you remove your winter headgear. It will help lift squashed roots.</p> <p>31. Take lukewarm showers. This will help keep your skin's natural oils in your skin, instead of washing them off, and will help reduce dryness.</p> <p>32. Keep a teakettle filled with mulling spices boiling at all times. This will help keep the air a bit moister and will fill your home with a wonderful smell.</p> <p>33. Wear cotton gloves over your hands after you moisturize. This will help lock the moisture into your skin.</p> <p>34. Reduce stress and unhealthy food intake to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-and-treat-cold-sores">lower your risk of cold sores</a>.</p> <p>35. Use a humidifier to help reduce the chance of nose bleeds and general discomfort from winter dryness.</p> <p>36. Wear sunscreen. Even when it's snowing. Just do it.</p> <p>37. Get out in the natural light. It will boost your mood even if it seems gloomy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-be-happier-today?ref=seealso">Things You Can Do to Be Happier Today</a>)</p> <p>38. Take vitamin D. Your body naturally produces this when you're in the sunlight, and so you make less in the winter. It can raise your mood significantly.</p> <h2>Winter Clothing</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winwinter-183489059-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>39. Organize scarves by storing them in a hanging shoe organizer.</p> <p>40. Put sandwich bags on top of your socks for instant waterproofing.</p> <p>41. Wear layers, and not just when you work out. Layers allow you to be as warm as you need to be, no matter how the external temperature changes.</p> <p>42. Run a cheap razor over a pilly sweater to remove those gross bunches of fibers.</p> <p>43. Wear running tights instead of long johns for a more efficient, better wicking, and better looking base layer.</p> <p>44. Invest in the right workout clothes, so you don't lose your fitness over the long winter. Pick up a hat, gloves, and extra layer to be sure the cold weather isn't preventing you from being comfortable during your workout. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal?ref=seealso">How to Be Fit and Frugal in Winter</a>)</p> <p>45. <a href="http://througharunninglens.blogspot.ca/2013/01/how-to-make-screw-shoes-for-winter.html">Place screws in the soles of your shoes</a> to stop slipping when you run and walk.</p> <h2>Miscellaneous Hacks</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/winwinter-176766286-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>46. Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel.</p> <p>47. Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before you use it, so snow doesn't stick to it.</p> <p>48. Pour a mixture of 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol, and &frac12;-1 gallon of water over walkways so they don't refreeze.</p> <p>49. If you need to use your bike in the snow and ice, place zip ties at even intervals around each tire to create bike snow tires.</p> <p>50. Add Nutella to your hot chocolate or mocha, for a different, yummy riff on an old favorite.</p> <p>51. Umbrellas aren't just for rain. Use them in the snow to keep it off your head.</p> <p>52. <a href="http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/10/26/winter-landscape-photography-how-to-compose-and-expose-any-scene/">Learn how to expose winter photos</a>, so your outdoor holiday pics come out looking grand.</p> <p>53. Mix compost into your soil before it freezes in order to enhance your soil for next spring's planting.</p> <p>54. Make your own wreaths, to save money or to sell.</p> <p>55. <a href="http://knitting-crochet.wonderhowto.com/how-to/knit-winter-holiday-scarf-with-your-fingers-265297/">Knit a winter scarf with your fingers</a>. If you love it, make some more to give as gifts and save some cash.</p> <p>56. Start a garden in your home to get a jumpstart on spring.</p> <p><em>How do you hack winter? Let us know, and we'll beat winter together!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F56%20Life%20Hacks%20to%20Help%20You%20Win%20at%20Winter.jpg&amp;description=56%20Life%20Hacks%20to%20Help%20You%20Win%20at%20Winter" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/56%20Life%20Hacks%20to%20Help%20You%20Win%20at%20Winter.jpg" alt="56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snow-patrol-winter-driving-safety-kit-must-haves">Snow Patrol: Winter Driving Safety Kit Must-Haves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/safety-tips-for-holiday-driving">Safety Tips for Holiday Driving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips cold weather snow winter Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:25:19 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1102188 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Remove Snow and Save http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-snow-and-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-remove-snow-and-save" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/snow_shoveling.jpg" alt="Woman shoveling snow" title="Woman shoveling snow" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I grew up in New Hampshire's White Mountains, went to college in upstate New York, and am currently living in Philadelphia, which has recently been hit with an increasingly ridiculous series of winter storms. In short: I know snow. And I also know that if you get hit by several storms, removing that snow can get expensive mighty fast. Whatever your situation, here are some suggestions for how to save money on snow removal.</p> <h3>DIY...If the Numbers Add Up</h3> <p>Removing snow yourself; whether by shovel, snow blower, plow, or another method; is often the cheapest way to clear out your driveway or sidewalk. However, in many situations &mdash; such as if you have a long driveway but live in an area where extensive snowfall is rare &mdash; it's going to be more cost-effective to hire someone to plow instead of buying a snowblower or plow attachment for yourself. If you <em>are</em> thinking of purchasing a plow or snow blower and are trying to figure out how much you'll save over hiring someone, make sure to include the value the time it'll take you to remove the snow in your calculations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/that-age-old-conundrum-time-vs-money">That Age-Old Conundrum: Time vs. Money</a>)</p> <h3>Purchase Double-Duty Tools</h3> <p>Whenever possible, purchase snow-removal tools that have other uses. Growing up, my family shoveled snow with the same metal shovels we used in the garden. Our snow blower was an attachment for our ride-on lawnmower. Even your bag of ice-melt can do double-duty: If you purchase rock salt instead of chemical ice melters, you can use the leftovers to make ice cream come summer (plus rock salt won't leave bright-blue stains on your walkway like some other ice-melts do).</p> <h3>Barter for Snow-Removal Services</h3> <p>Whether you're hiring the shovel-wielding kid next door or the guy with a pickup truck who plows practically every driveway in town, ask if you can barter goods or services in exchange for a clean driveway or sidewalk.</p> <h3>Offer Yourself for Hire</h3> <p>You're certainly saving money if you're making money. Instead of being on the hiring side of the snow-removal equation, offer up your shoveling, snow-blowing, or plowing services (if you have the equipment) to make some extra cash. And if you are driving around town to plow, check out these tips from Linsey on creating <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">homemade windshield de-icer</a>.</p> <h3>Avoid Fines</h3> <p>In Philadelphia, homeowners and renters face fines if they do not remove snow from the walkways in front of their residences within six hours after the snow has stopped. In New York City, residents have just four hours after snowfall to clean their sidewalks before risking fines ranging from $100 to $350. Make sure you know what, if any, snow-removal codes affect your area.</p> <p><em>Do you have any tips for frugal snow removal? Share them in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-snow-and-save">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-5-hidden-costs-of-winter">How to Avoid These 5 Hidden Costs of Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-put-all-that-snow-to-good-use">9 Ways to Put All That Snow to Good Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/56-life-hacks-to-help-you-win-at-winter">56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-humidifiers">The 5 Best Humidifiers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home outdoor equipment snow weather winter Fri, 04 Feb 2011 13:36:08 +0000 Meg Favreau 487646 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Conserve Water by Harvesting Rain or Snow http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-conserve-water-by-harvesting-rain-or-snow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-conserve-water-by-harvesting-rain-or-snow" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rain.jpg" alt="Rain" title="Luck of summer rain" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was young many families in my town in China had a large jug or tank in the courtyard that collected rain water.&nbsp; In my family the water is usually used to water plants or raise goldfish.&nbsp; Some families also used the water to wash their clothes or toilets. In some areas the water is also used for drinking after boiling or other treatment.&nbsp; Recently rainwater harvesting is becoming more popular in America and states such as Arizona and New Mexico are adopting laws that <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hK53Xv7zL1JzOH4-eCD_VXkX-T3AD998CNMG0">mandate rainwater harvesting</a> for new buildings.&nbsp; Here are some tips on how you can harvest rain or snow and conserve water. </p> <p>The simplest way to collect rainwater is to just put large containers outside on the roof or in the yard.&nbsp; This is basically what we did in China.&nbsp; However, you would need a large surface area to collect enough usable water.&nbsp; Another simple method to collect rainwater is to use some rain barrels.&nbsp; These large barrels with a spigot are commercially available.&nbsp; They collect the rain water that come from a roof's rain gutter or downspout and multiple barrels can be linked for more water storage.&nbsp; If you are the do-it-yourself type, here is a great video from HGTV on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGFDlkJOdaM">how to make your own rain barrel.</a>&nbsp; </p> <p>In areas with snow, it is possible to harvest quite a bit of water every winter by simply saving snow in large tanks or barrels.&nbsp; Once the snow melts you will have a good amount of water stored up.&nbsp; This is fairly simple to do as long as you have space for the containers.&nbsp; If you have to shovel snow out of your driveway anyway then it does not hurt to save some of it for later use.</p> <p>If you do start to collect rain or snow as a water supply then you should have some covering on these large containers so that pets and kids will not fall into them. Also, you should check with your locality to see the legality of collecting and using rainwater.&nbsp; Apparently in Utah and Washington State, it is illegal to collect water from the roof unless the owner of the roof also owns the water rights on the ground.&nbsp; In Colorado <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/us/29rain.html ">rainwater collection was just recently legalized</a>.&nbsp; In Portland you would need a <a href="http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=ecbbd&amp;a=bbehfa">permit for the indoor use of rainwater</a>.</p> <p>Generally, you should not drink the water you collect because there are various forms of pollution and dirt as rain falls onto various surfaces.&nbsp; It is possible to set up a treatment system that cleanses the water to make it drinkable, but the systems could be costly.&nbsp; The most economic use of collected water is probably gardening since plants thrive on rain anyway.&nbsp; The collected water can also used for the following purposes:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;Washing vehicles or buildings</li> <li>&nbsp;Flushing or washing toilets</li> <li>&nbsp;Mopping the floor</li> <li>&nbsp;Laundry</li> <li>&nbsp;Recharge the aquifer by redirecting water from storm drains</li> </ul> <p>Drinkable water is actually a very precious resource and Americans often waste it because it just does not seem very expensive. Having your own rainwater supply will probably not cut your water bills significantly unless you invest in a full treatment system and <a href="http://sites.google.com/site/suffolkearthship/rainwater-well-water-usage-rates-oh-my">stop using municipal water all together</a>.&nbsp; Even if you do not go to that extreme, using stored rainwater is great for the environment and would definitely help in times of drought when water usage restrictions are in place.&nbsp; <br /> <strong><br /> More resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/publications/reports/RainwaterHarvestingManual_3rdedition.pdf">The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting</a><br /> <a href="http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/files/gi-366.pdf_4445350.pdf"><br /> Harvesting, Storing, and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-conserve-water-by-harvesting-rain-or-snow">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-climate-change-could-affect-your-money">6 Ways Climate Change Could Affect Your Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-2">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 2</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-or-tap-the-right-choice-for-water-may-surprise-you">Bottled or Tap: The Right Choice for Water May Surprise You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snail-free-gardening">Snail Free Gardening</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Rain snow water water conservation Mon, 03 Aug 2009 13:00:20 +0000 Xin Lu 3454 at http://www.wisebread.com Now is The Time to Buy: Skis, Winter Coats, Candy http://www.wisebread.com/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75739981_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="the best time to shop for these winter things" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter continues to blast away in the Northeast, other parts of the country are warming up a bit. Regardless of where you live, it's likely that your major retailers are beginning to make way for spring merchandise by having great big sales on all that winter stuff.</p> <p>REI is now having a sale on their winter gear, and now is a good time to stock up on snowboards, skis, boots, gloves, jackets, snowsuits, and everything cold that you can think of. REI is normally a tad on the expensive side, but their sales are good, and they have excellent customer service. Order online if you don't live near an REI, and make sure to look for free shipping. Check out other sporting goods and outdoor equipment stores in your area to see when they start selling off their winter inventory. Sierra Trading Post is always has cheap outdoor stuff &mdash; now it's Spring Skiing time.</p> <p>Coats can be counted on to look more or less the same from season to season, so if you see a fabulous parka at a good price now, get it and you're prepared for next winter. Whether you shop at Target or Nordstrom (or Macy's, or Sak's, or Walmart), there's a good chance that your favorite store is selling, or getting ready to sell, some lovely coats at major discounts. These sales often continue into March, so you might be wise to find out when they end, and snap up the best bargains as the retailers get more desperate.</p> <p>Another thing to grab while you can is leftover Valentine's Day candy. My local Rite Aid can't get rid of it fast enough, so prices are excellent (entire bags of candy for a dollar). Buy it now and you'll have your stash for Easter. There are plenty of non-heart-shaped candies for sale, but even pink cinnamon hearts or jellybeans are good when they fill the inside of a plastic Easter egg. Go to your local drug store, grocery store, or even megamart an grab the V-Day candies in pastel shades before they sell out.</p> <p>In Seattle, where spring is always early, the equipment swaps are gearing up. Now is the time for Seattlites to get their hands on great used bikes. If you are looking for a new-to-you bicycle for spring, Google your local area to see when the swap meets begin.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/now-is-the-time-to-buy-skis-winter-coats-candy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-ways-to-get-it-right-this-valentines-day-and-beyond">10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Get it Right This Valentine&#039;s Day and Beyond</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-still-show-love-on-valentine-s-day">Save Money and Still Show Love on Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-steps-to-buying-lingerie-for-your-wife-girlfriend-or-significant-other">4 Easy Steps to Buying Lingerie for Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-touch-screen-gloves">The 5 Best Touch Screen Gloves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping candy coats February gloves jackets purchase Sale season ski equipment snow snowboard sweets Valentine's Day Tue, 20 Feb 2007 20:53:52 +0000 Andrea Karim 289 at http://www.wisebread.com