New Year, New budget. Get on track with these tips


I am happy to say I do not use credit cards. So I am not dreading the big after Christmas bill to arrive. However I did spend a bit more than I planned over the holidays. I need to focus and get  back on track with my budget. I am happy to share with you all a few tips from Sandra Hanna, cofounder and CEO of

Free outdoor activities
If you’re willing to layer up, the winter months may provide the most fun you and your family can have outside, without putting a dent in your budget. Check your local community centres for information on iceskating, sledding, or winter festivals in your city. You’ll likely find some of the most fun and beautiful festivals and events that your city has to offer. Or, stick even closer to home and get the neighbourhood kids together for a snowman parade. The kids build snowmen in wagons, and then
parade them around the neighbourhood.
Winter workouts
There is no need to follow the crowd or the trail of wasted money to the gym this time of year. If you’re willing to take your workout outside, a brisk winter run, walk or snowshoe could be the most refreshing and effective workout you do all year. Best of all, heading outside is completely free. In the winter months, I get a group of Moms together and we all share our winter workout gear and work out playlists. So we’re all geared up, motivated and ready to head outside! With all of the money we save, we treat ourselves to a hot latte afterwards at our favourite café.
Coldwater wash
In the winter months, one of the biggest strains on your budget can be your utility bill, but if you’re willing to embrace the cold when doing laundry, you can save a ton. .Using cold water and a detergent like Tide Coldwater (2.95L bottle of Tide Coldwater) and cold water, which is specially formulated to clean in cold water conditions, can save you $7 a load in energy costs. Considering the number of loads you do a week – that adds up!
Winter staycation
If you and your family are thinking of escaping the cold and heading somewhere hot and balmy in the coming months, you may be surprised to know how fun and inexpensive a getaway close to home could be. Sure, it might be chilly this time of year, but some of your city’s most popular hotels, and family attractions maybe discounted heavily at this time of year. Call or e-mail your local visitors bureau, explain that you’re a local looking for a great deal for your family. You may be surprised to find extra discounts at local hotels and restaurants because you’re a local!


Do you have money saving tips? I would love for you to share.


Disclosure-  I am a P&G mom and was provided the above content . This is not a compensated post, but I do receive perks as a participant of the program.

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