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Preparing for Winter

edited 6 October 2010 at 7:41AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 6 October 2010 at 7:41AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Insert By Martin.... new to the forum - don't be daunted

This is an amazing thread with an incredible wealth of information by thrifty 'old style' MoneySavers.

As you will see it already runs for hundreds of pages (see above right to navigate through them). So much so, you'll find when you get to the end that it's now been joined by Preparing for Winter II. As it's an open forum, some of the posts are chatty, others are full of information. Scroll through and see what you find (you can add your thoughts too if you register (it's free) and click reply at the bottom of the new Preparing for Winter II discussion).

Now enough from me let's get back to this thread - thanks to Hapless for starting it

Original post below
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Ok...so I know it's still August, but it won't be long until winter arrives.

So are you preparing? Whether it's a mild wet winter with flooding or a long cold winter with snow..
What we have done so far is....
  1. Sweep the Chimneys and clean out the grates fully, repairing any cracks with fire cement.
  2. Sort out the snuggly duvets ready to go to the cleaners.
  3. Check the winter wardrobes, who needs what in the way of coats, jumpers, boots, slippers, wooly socks etc.
  4. Ordered a generator so when we get the inevitable power cuts we can at least keep the freezer going.
  5. Make sure we have some nice heavy thick curtains for the windows and doors (our double glazing is a council special...crap)
  6. Make sure we have enough wood stocked up for the rayburn and fireplace.
  7. Order in extra coal before summer prices end on 31st August. Don't use much but it makes a good fire base.
  8. Make a checklist of seeds to prepare for spring planting
  9. Order Yule tree :D
  10. Ensure we have enough cold and flu, cough mixes, Calpol, prescription meds in the house.
  11. Get some dried essentials in, milk, egg, flour.
  12. Make sure we have some 5lt water containers (burst pipes happen a lot round here)
  13. Get the sewing machine out for draught excluder repair, remake.
  14. Ensure we have a stock of candles, batteries etc (see power cuts)
  15. Replace the normal energy saver lightbulbs with daylight energy saver bulbs
  16. Make sure the car is has petrol and we have de-icer, path saltgrit, etc.
  17. Ask Skadi to send SNOW this Yule:rotfl:
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  • hapless wrote: »
    15. Replace the normal energy saver lightbulbs with daylight energy saver bulbs.

    I Googled these and they look like a good idea. Where's the best place to buy them? They seem pretty expensive.

    Sorry, no tips to add myself... I'm far too disorganised to plan ahead much :D

    :A
    I want to move to theory. Everything works in theory.
  • they are quite pricey, my brother bought them for me for yule last year as I was suffering with season affected disorder, and they worked brilliant.
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  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2
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    Do I detect a touch of paganism Hapless (just googled Skadi ;) ) ?

    Funny you should mention winter and Yule as my OH was talking about Christmas presents and whether I'll be cooking a goose or a turkey last night -most unusual for him to be thinking ahead. I think it's the miserable weather. I love the period between back to school and year's end -all the planning and squirreling away nice things to eat. My plans always seem to centre around food. This autumn/late summer I shall be making;
    sweetcorn relish
    bread and butter pickles
    damson chutney
    damson gin
    qunice cheese
    quince vodka
    stewed or pureed fruit for the freezer
    Christmas/Yule cake
    mincemeat
    Christmas/Yule pudding
  • Thriftlady wrote: »
    Do I detect a touch of paganism Hapless (just googled Skadi ;) ) ?

    Funny you should mention winter and Yule as my OH was talking about Christmas presents and whether I'll be cooking a goose or a turkey last night -most unusual for him to be thinking ahead. I think it's the miserable weather. I love the period between back to school and year's end -all the planning and squirreling away nice things to eat. My plans always seem to centre around food. This autumn/late summer I shall be making;
    sweetcorn relish
    bread and butter pickles
    damson chutney
    damson gin
    qunice cheese
    quince vodka
    stewed or pureed fruit for the freezer
    Christmas/Yule cake
    mincemeat
    Christmas/Yule pudding

    Just a wee touch of Norsie Heathenism:D .

    I have made some blackberry vodka
    I will have to bottle the banana and the tea and raisin wine
    Me freezer has plenty of rhubarb at the moment and I do have to make the brandy mincemeat (thank you great Delia of the cookbook).
    The "Bloodlust" Clique - Morally equal to all. Member 10
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  • meanmariemeanmarie
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    Congratulations to you organised people...have done nothing yet, but plan on trying to dry some apple slices when my cookers are ripe!

    Marie
    Weight 08 February 86kg
  • Will you pop over and get me organised, Hapless? I haven't prepared for next week yet!
  • Will you pop over and get me organised, Hapless? I haven't prepared for next week yet!
    :rotfl::rotfl: :rotfl:
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  • hapless wrote: »
    Ok...so I know it's still August, but it won't be long until winter arrives.

    *fingers in ears smiley* la - la - la. I can't hear you ;)

    Penny. x
    :rudolf: Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding :rudolf:
  • *fingers in ears smiley* la - la - la. I can't hear you ;)

    Penny. x

    Well apparently 18 weeks til Yule/crimbo...now that is scary!
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