Cool Hacks to Combat Winter -- Savings Experiment

Cool Hacks to Combat Winter
Cool Hacks to Combat Winter

While we all have to deal with wet, snow-drenched shoes this season, did you know that you can dry them out quicker by stuffing them with newspaper to absorb the moisture? You might have to switch out the paper depending on the sogginess, but this really works. Here are some more great winter hacks to help you and your budget stay warm this season.

To tackle drafty doors, many retailers sell draft-blockers for about $15 dollars, but you can easily use pipe insulation instead. This item can be found at your local hardware store and does the same job at a fraction of the cost. For about $1.50 for a 6-foot tube, you'll have enough to cover two doors. Simply cut to length and then slide the insulation into the gap.

As for drafty windows, look no further than some bubble wrap for a cheap and easy fix. Measure and cut a piece to fit your window, mist the glass with water and press the bubble wrap against it. This will not only keep the cold air out, but also keep the heat in. It should stay on all season and still let light through.

Foggy car windshields can also be annoying in the winter. Regular commercial defoggers will cost you around $7 per bottle, but conventional shaving cream will work just as well. Simply put a dab on the inside of your windshield and then wipe with a clean cloth. This should keep it shiny and fog-free for a good while.

Lastly, you don't have to let the snow or ice stop you from riding your bike this winter. To add a little traction to your two-wheeler, place zip ties at even intervals around each tire. It's that simple.

Don't let the cold get you down this season. Give these easy winter hacks a try, and see the savings for yourself.


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