Winter Wise: How to Prep for a Snowy Season Without Overspending

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Posted on 09/27/2013

Fall may have just begun, but Farmers' Almanac is predicting a piercing and bitterly cold winter. The nearly 200-year-old publication says that it will be a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the US. The Midwest, Great Lakes and New England should expect lots of heavy snow, but no matter where you live now is the time to get prepared for a snowy season without overspending.


Make a Family Communications Plan
If a winter storm slams your community make sure every member of your family knows what to do. Establish a Family Communications Plan. Get a free template at fema.gov to help you organize emergency contact numbers, identify a meeting place and more.

Prepare Your Car
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says car accidents are the number one cause of death during winter weather. Make sure your car is ready for winter by keeping an ice scraper in your vehicle and swapping out your standard wipers for winter wiper blades, only about $12. They'll do a better job of clearing away snow and sleet, keeping visibility at its best.

Stock Up on Rock Salt
Salt is a great tool for helping to melt dangerous ice on sidewalks and driveways. According to Ready.gov, rock salt is a more environmentally friendly option and you can pick up a 50 pound bag for less than $6 at midlandhardware.com.

Insulate Pipes
Insulating pipes is important in preventing costly repairs. If a pipe freezes and bursts you'll face a hefty bill from a plumber. Instead insulate pipes, especially those most threatened by the elements. You can use pipe insulation that you find at a home improvement store like Home Depot or just use newspaper. And when the snow starts to fall or temperatures drip drastically consider letting your faucets drip slightly to keep water moving and prevent freezing.

Cover Windows with Plastic
Stop drafts and seal small leaks around windows with a low-cost Window Insulation Kit, $6.97 at organization-store.com. This is an easy way to cut utility costs and save energy when the cold weather arrives.

By Alison Storm

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Comments


Quentin

Posted on 10.10.13 at 11:53 AM

Well, you are going to take it off once you get inside, I don't see how that would cause a prbelom. But, if you intend on wearing indoors with dress clothes, I would suggest perhaps a stylish, more professional option. What are other men wearing in your profession? Good luck on you coat search!

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