We all know that lowering the thermostat in the winter saves money. The problem is staying warm while still being able to function around the house. Here are some ways I have found to keep warm without bulk. I don’t use all of these ideas at once. Since I live in Maryland where winters are not too harsh, one or two of them is often enough.
- Long underwear. It comes in different thicknesses and material. I find Duofolds to be too warm for indoors. I like Cuddl Duds brand. They have a thin polyester blend that goes a long way towards keeping me warm, and I forget they are there. They can be found at many department stores.
- Tank tops. I don’t like long sleeved underclothing, but tank tops work great for me. I have a Cuddl Duds top that is very warm, but I also like using cotton tanks under things. A little bit of clothing can make a significant difference.
- Neck wear. Keeping the blood flowing through your jugular vein warm helps to warm the rest of your body. A thick turtleneck sweater will do the job, but that’s not usually my preference. Even a thin turtleneck shirt helps, but you can boost the warmth with a neck gator (a fabric tube the fits over your head and sits around your neck) or a scarf. I have a thick fleece scarf that only gets in my way and in the toilet! What I like using instead is a thin knit scarf I found at the dollar store. I can wrap it around several times and it stays where I want it. A neck gator is more annoying to put on and take off, but it doesn’t have loose ends.
- Vests. Fleece vests were very popular a few years ago and you can still find them. They help keep your body warm (and your neck if you zip it all the way up), but allow your arms to have lots of freedom. Keeping your torso with all its vital organs warm allows your body to work on keeping the extremities warm.
- Blankets. These I use when I’m sitting for a while. I keep throws handy near the computer and places where I read.
If you want to save money, try turning back the thermostat a couple of degrees and using some alternative ways to stay warm. What are your stay-warm ideas?
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