ThriftyFun News September 18, 2004 - Planning for Winter

ThriftyFun News
Preparing for Winter

Volume Six, Number 36 September 18, 2004


This week's TF News is about Preparing for Winter. While it may seem a little early to start thinking about winter, cold weather can sneak up on you quickly and it's good to be prepared. Hopefully the folks who have mild or warm winters can find some useful information in these pages too, most of the information deals with cold weather, though.


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This newsletter contains:

  • Preparing Your Garden for Fall and Winter
  • Winter Weather Preparedness Tips
  • Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter
  • Prepare Your Home Against Winter & High Energy Costs
  • Prepare for Winter Before It Arrives
  • Create Your Own Anti-Emergency Fund
  • Stocking your Pantry for Winter
  • Preserving Your Potato Crop

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Preparing for Winter

Preparing Your Garden for Fall and Winter

Tips to prepare your garden for the fall and winter. Post your ideas!

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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging everyone to take preventive measures to ensure their safety and reduce the risk of winter storm damage to property.

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

"Mechanical failure -- an inconvenience any time it occurs -- can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, a well maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, will last longer, and could command a higher resale price. Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of an auto technician."


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Prepare Your Home Against Winter & High Energy Costs

"One of the best ways to prepare a home for the winter weather and high energy costs is to take time now, before winter arrives, to do some simple home maintenance. The first and most important step in weatherizing a home is to stop air leaks. If air leaks aren't stopped first, other weatherizing measures like insulation will be a waste of effort and money. Stopping air leaks in a home can save as much as 40 percent on your home's heating and cooling costs."

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Prepare for Winter Before It Arrives
By Darlene Dipo

Even though we are still enjoying warm weather and winter seems far away, now is a great time to begin preparing. If you do a bit at a time before winter hits the tasks are not at all overwhelming.


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Create Your Own Anti-Emergency Fund
By Cindy Morus

Do unexpected car repairs, quarterly insurance payments or those darned property taxes find you hard pressed to squeeze one more dollar out of an already stretched monthly budget? Or do you usually end up reaching for the plastic in your wallet to make up the difference? Those inevitable expenses can put less stress on your bank balance--and your mind--if you learn to expect them and save in advance.

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Stocking your Pantry for Winter
By Patty Getz

Some of us have the stocking bug year around. We become nervous and agitated when our resources drop below a 6 month supply. We have the sudden urge to go running to the store, to replenish our dwindling supplies.


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Preserving Your Potato Crop
By Rachel Paxton

"Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables around--as well as one of my most favorite! When stored properly, your potato crop will last throughout most of the winter." This wonderful article has great information about growing, choosing, preserving and cooking potatoes.

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