This is part fifteen of the Ways to Save Money Series.
Now that we’re on the topic of keeping warm in your home (see Blocking Off Unused Rooms), let’s look at a way to keep your body warm while you’re hanging out in your home.
In our home, we have a “No Shoes” policy past the front door. We do this to keep the floors clean and keep the germs out as best as we can. But the problem with walking around the house in the winter without shoes on is that our tootsies get chilly. As you may know from your own experience, when your feet are cold, the rest of your body quickly follows.
I’ve never been one to wear socks when I’m not wearing shoes. The socks tend to bunch up at the heel, or spin around at the toes (unless they’re really tight socks). Furthermore, I simply refused to wear socks or slippers when I could easily turn up the furnace! But that’s not the point of this series, now is it. The point is to find ways to save money, either through complex or simple methods.
So for me, instead of taking off my socks when I come in from outside, I now either keep them on, or slip on a pair of shiny new Isotoner slippers (bought on sale for 70% off). I’ve found that even though my upper body still gets chilly when I’ve been sitting at the desk or on the sofa for a while, I don’t mind it as much because my feet aren’t cold. Honestly, I could lower the average furnace temperature a couple degrees. Well, if I lived by myself. I still have to think about Stacie. I don’t think living next to Hades would keep her warm enough.
[Photo by Weeta]