8 Inexpensive Ways to Stay Warm this Winter

1.  Block drafts from windows and doors – This is best done with weather-stripping or other forms of insulation, but even a blanket in front of a door helps.

2.  Let in some light. – Open blinds on South facing windows during the day to let in the sun.  Close them in the evening to add a bit more insulation.

3.  Use rugs on bare floors and/or wear sock and slippers in the house.

4.  Bundle up.  Make sure to wear layers in the winter so if your house is a little cool you will be sure to stay warm.

5.  Change the furnace filter on a regular basis.  A dirty filter forces the furnace to work harder, decreasing its efficiency increasing heating costs.

6. Eat warm (part 1).  All those winter comfort food like soups, stews, and casseroles do much more than just fill you up.  They help to fuel your inner thermostat and warm you from the inside out.

7. Eat warm (part 2).  Make sure to eat foods that have been known to improve your circulation like cayenne pepper, ginger, and cinnamon.  When your circulation increases it causes the body to warm up.

8.  Acclimate.  It may take your body a week or so to get used to the colder temperatures but it will soon be use to them.  Bodies are very flexible and they learn to work within the parameters that we give them.  As you spend more time outdoors your body will become acclimated to the cold and within a few days it will be able to tolerate it.

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