Stretching The Budget
I am always looking for ways to make my dollar and cents stretch. I tend to be a frugal yankee so I don’t like to pay any more than I have to for anything. Making do is a way of life in our house. Unfortunately the price of necessaries have been climbing, while the size of products shrink. I do want to be able to buy yarn but without cutting back somewhere that won’t happen. What’s a knitter to do? I’d like to be able to continue to budget the same dollar amounts for things and just cut back on the amount we buy. I have been able to do this somewhat successfully with the groceries but this winter we are feeding four where last year H was dining at school so there is a bit of a bump there. We have cut back on the usage of the car. Errands are all done at once. We walk when we can. The big bill I’m looking at as we roll into winter is heating oil. We got a fill up on the tank mid October. OUCH! I am trying to stretch that tank by keeping the temperature down on the thermostat. We only have one zone in our post WWII Cape Cod style house. That is leaving us feeling chilled so I’ve been looking into ways to insulate the house. First up are the drafty single pane glass windows. In the past we’ve tried the plastic stuff that covers the windows but there was little change with that. I’ve looked into insulating thermo curtains and boy they are pricey. Our windows, 15 and a sliding glass door, are odd sizes and all rooms have a window with a radiator below it making floor length (or standard) curtains impossible. My plan, and it’a a rough one, is to sew some curtains like the ones in this article. I think for the bedrooms on the second floor, where the rooms are easily 5 degrees colder than the rest of the house due to the single zone thermostat, these would be an ideal solution. Now to get started.