Thrifty ways to keep warm

how to keep warm

The wintery weather is well and truly here and I’m often asked how to keep warm as the days get shorter and the temperature decreases. I’m A Thrifty Mrs and I want you do be warm!

How to keep warm

- Common sense clothing
I often see people moaning about how cold their home is whilst standing in front of me barefoot and wearing a t-shirt. It is pretty basic but come on folks, put some clothes on! Pop on a jumper (several thin layers are better than one thick layer) and some socks, maybe even invest in some slippers too. I have no shame in wearing layers of clothes and occasionally wrist warmers and a snood indoors.
- Do something
Keeping active is key to keeping warm. Whilst snuggling on the sofa with a blanket may seem alluring,  getting your body and blood moving is a far better idea. You don’t have to do a full work out but cleaning, decluttering and running errands keeps you on the go and keeps you warmed up. Horizontal dancing can count too. Cough.
- Cook up a storm
Get in that kitchen and get the cooker going.
Batch cook and bake something to fill your fridge and freezer. Fill the kitchen with warmth and homely -ness whilst warming your bottom on the oven door.
- Unblock
Make sure furniture isn’t blocking out any heat from radiators and fires. Allow the heat to flow freely.
- Open and close
Open your curtains of a morning to let the sunlight and warmth in and close them as it gets dark to keep the cold out.
- Snuggled under
Blankets on top of your bed go without saying but have you thought about adding a blanket or mattress topper under your sheet? We’ve found adding one under our fitted sheet has made our bed a far more cosy and warm place to be.
- Close the doors
Are you paying to heat the room or the street? Typing that sentence officially turned me into my Mother.
- Line your curtains
You don’t need to be an expert with a sewing machine to do this one. We picked up some fleece blankets from Ikea a few years back and now ever November we pin them to the backs of our curtains in order to create some extra warmth.
- Bottle your warmth
Hot water bottles aren’t just for period pains or old people. Can’t afford one with a fancy cover? Try your local pound shop for a cheap hot water bottle without a cover and wrap inside a blanket or cushion cover. 
- Stop draughts
Do you have draughty windows and doors sucking out all of your warmth? Whilst it is important to have ventilation, having your toasty home turn into an igloo is not ideal. You can good draught excluders from around £5 or you can turn your crafty hand to making your own. If you’re like me, i.e. not great at making things, you can put together this simple no sew draught excluder in under 2 minutes. 
What are your tips and tricks for keeping warm?
TTFN,

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P.S. I’ll be posting about my new heating system, as mentioned here, again soon so you can see how that is working out here at Thrifty Towers.
P.P.S. If you’re worried about elderly or disabled neighbours as it gets colder do check round to see if they are OK. Perhaps invite them over for coffee? Offer to take them shopping or even knit them a blanket.

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Comments

  1. I have two young men in residence who think the house should be kept at tropical temperatures. When it’s -30C outside (January, you’ll be here soon) 20C in the house is tropical enouch for me. The dog doesn’t like it too hot in the house.

    I officially became my mother when I said “put a jumper on”. Doesn’t work in Canada.

  2. nice tips :) I’m so happy winter is here and we can start rejoicing in being warm again! xx

    http://www.daydreaminblue.co.uk/

  3. Well said, as always, Mrs T. I’m enjoying our flanelette candy stripe (vintage) sheets at the mo. Flanelette – v toasty. MMmmm, horizontal dancing? Sounds erm interesting….xx

  4. Cooking totally keeps me warm. In the winter, I’m always baking or boiling something on the stove.

  5. Ah yes, horizontal dancing is always a fun thing but only money saving if you make sure you are guarded from any unwanted ‘suprises’ hehe.

    Warm, filling foods and drinks are def a big one for me and I’m not ashamed of wooly hats and gloves inside! Where I live now however, one of the people I live with has terminal cancer so we have to have the heating on a lot when she’s here… when she’s not I’m usually on the tea with a big old 1970s blanket to keep me warm :)

  6. Great tips. I love getting snuggly in winter with knits and woollyness! :D

  7. we have a hoooooooge bay window in our living room which I love but the curtains are very thin and buying more would cost a bomb due to the sheer amount of fabric involved. I might try to locate some fleece blankets to pin to the back – Primark usually have them in the colder months but I’m not sure they’d be long enough for our beasty window!

  8. Drinking tea / hot chocolate seems to work. nothing like going to bed on a cold night with a hot water bottles and a big mug of cocoa.

    I’m trying VERY hard to avoid putting the heating on this year so its flannel PJs and slippers all the way.

  9. I layer up with blankets on top of the bed – but I had not thought of putting one under the bottom sheet! GENIUS!

  10. I just bloody love your writing. You get me smiling pretty much every time you blog (apart from the sad things obvs).
    LOVED this post.
    x x

  11. Yes, definitely baking! I love a cosy house in winter, with cakey goodness coming from the oven.

    I also basically live in a onesie for all of December. Ha. Perhaps not the most grown up way to tackle the cold! x

  12. Hello Mrs T, I thought you may be interested in the following product. Its not all that attractive, but its manageable if you have nets or chiffon curtains. We used it in our single glazed victorian flat, when we were freezing our butts off.
    http://www.wickes.co.uk/invt/210014?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default

    V
    xxx

  13. Fold your curtains up onto your window sills so that hot air from bay window radiators doesn’t shoot straight up ‘em!

    Also, a good hot shower warms you up the same as a hot bath with much less water. We have an electric shower which heats only the water it uses, too.

  14. I have to recommend Uniqlo heat-tech clothing – have sent boxes of long johns, tops, tights and vests up to my elderly parents living in Scotland. Pretty much from November onwards, I am more or less sewn into heat-tech and unpicked in March.

  15. I made door curtains for both front & back last year and it really helps – except when your OH drags it off the wall when over enthusiastically trying to get into the house. GRRR! That’s this week’s job for him.

  16. Helloooo I’m new to your blog via Frugal Queen! We have put old quilts /sleeping bags under the bottom sheet to keep toasty in bed too. Works a treat.

  17. Great ideas. I’m always layering up in the house. My mum always said if you’re cold, put a jumper on. If you’re still cold, only then can you turn on the heating. :) x

  18. A memory foam mattress with a mattress topper makes my bed very warm. My old house is very cold in winter, so we tend to live in the kitchen with the aga – have moved the pc there and tempted to move everything else too!

  19. Electric underblanket. ‘Nuff said. Lovely romantic Husband surprised me last winter with a dual control one (so I can have my side sooo toasty, and he can be cooler) and I think I’ve gotten out of bed approximately six times since then. It is….incredible. AND it has extra warm heaty-feety panels. AND it only costs around a 1/2p to run for an hour. AND it switches off after 75 minutes, so that you can fall asleep snuggly warm but don’t wake up like you’ve been stewed. AND it only cost about £20. DO IT DO IT DO IT. Although, in these tough economical times, staying in bed and not going to work may not be the greatest of ideas……..or is it?

  20. Electric underblanket. ‘Nuff said. Lovely romantic Husband surprised me last winter with a dual control one (so I can have my side sooo toasty, and he can be cooler) and I think I’ve gotten out of bed approximately six times since then. It is….incredible. AND it has extra warm heaty-feety panels. AND it only costs around a 1/2p to run for an hour. AND it switches off after 75 minutes, so that you can fall asleep snuggly warm but don’t wake up like you’ve been stewed. AND it only cost about £20. DO IT DO IT DO IT. Although, in these tough economical times, staying in bed and not going to work may not be the greatest of ideas……..or is it?

  21. I agree on the cooking/baking tip! And also, then when you’ve finished and switched the oven off, leave the oven door open to share the wonderful heat that is stored up in there. Obviously not recommended if you have small children or pets wandering around, but we often do it to share the warmth.

  22. This post is so useful, as a student my budget doesn’t really stretch to round the clock central heating, I live in a very compact terraced house but unfortunately it has a deep, dark and damp basement that makes the house extremely cold (sometimes you can see your breath as you walk around the house…eek).
    One tip I’d add is having a warm drink – it doesn’t have to be tea or coffee if anyone isn’t a fan, there’s plenty of fruity or herbal teas available or just warm up your fruit juice in the microwave! Or have a mug of soup. I find having a couple of warm drinks a day when I feel a bit nippy warms me through from the inside out for a good few hours. Much cheaper, and tastier, than central heating. To keep it even more thrifty I only boil enough water for one cup of hot water, keeping the costs of using the kettle down too! x

  23. Slipper socks, blankets and fleecy dressing gown.. oh and a dog all help keep me snug!

  24. I wear an old cardigan to bed when it’s cold…my husband says it’s so romantic lol

  25. I love this post! I’m a layer girl myself and I sleep with a hot water bottle every night all year round because of my ice feet!

  26. Love this! My house mate does that, goes around in a tshirt blasting the heating! And then wonders why the bills are so high!

  27. Ooooh I have started taking in ironing to make a bit of holiday money and found a glorious plus side to it is that it steams and heats my living room up a treat :) So now I’m ironing in different rooms like a crazy person to heat up each room!

  28. We have a couple of blankets on our settee in winter and it’s actually lovely snuggled underneath them together with my kids watching TV

  29. Heat Holder thermal socks! I swear, after wearing them there is no way I could go back to “regular” fluffy/warm socks. They’re £5 a pair from Matalan and I buy two to get me through from September to March. Works a treat – so worth the investment.

  30. After just moving into a new house that feels quite cold, it’s so helpful to read tips like this! xx

    http://www.erinjiane.blogspot.com

  31. I have eight candles on the go in my living room with the door shut and it creates a surprising amount of warmth. It’s not a small room either!

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