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How To Keep The Costs Down This Winter


It's that time of year again when we all love nothing more than to snuggle up on the sofa in front of the fire on cold wintery evenings. Although it all comes at a cost! Especially if you have a gas fire. Here are a few ways you can keep the costs down this winter and still keep warm.

Wear plenty of layers

Instead of putting the heating on first thing in the morning layer up. Wear a t-shirt, light sweater and even a hooded jumper if you have to. If you feel cold add another layer before putting the heating on. I know its different with young children as you want to ensure they are warm and don't catch a cold but it really does make a difference just by layering up. With newborns and babies, dress them in a baby gro, vest, t-shirt, and cardigan/jumper. They should always be wearing at least one more layer than you are. 

Get out the blankets 

I'm sure you'll have plenty of blankets lurking around the house. Snuggle up on the sofa with a few blankets to keep you warm. You can now buy blankets which can be worn as jumpers and cover you from head to toe. I prefer thick wooly blankets as they tend to keep the heat rather than lighter ones. 

Turn your thermostat down 

Having the heating on all day can run up a bill instead turn your thermostat down slightly. Even turning it down by 10 degrees can save a lot of money and slash your heating bills. Decide which rooms in the house you wish the be the warmest, for example the living room and the kids bedroom perhaps? Turn off the radiators in all other rooms or have them on the lowest. 

Ensure your home is insulated

A well insulated home can make a world of difference. By keeping your home warm it means it won't take as long to heat it up everyday. Make sure you have good wall and loft insulation, most newer houses will more than likely already have some but older houses tend to not.

Use hot water bottles

It's time to get the hot water bottles out. I love sleeping with a hot water bottle at night. Its also a great way to warm up your bed before you go to sleep. Stick on the kettle and place the hot water bottle under your duvet about half an hour before you are going to bed.

Keep active

If you keep busy during the day you are less likely to be cold. Doing some mild housework can keep your body temperature up as well as stop you from being tempted to put the heating on. Get on the wii fit or even have family fun evenings to keep you all active.

Go out instead 

Instead of sitting at home wracking up the heating bill go out and enjoy the winter. You could even go to public places such as the local library or play gym and keep warm there instead. Go round to a friends house, perhaps take it in turns once a week or even go out for lunch or window shopping. 

Do you have any tips on saving money this winter?

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164 comments

  1. I love getting cosy under a blanket with a hot cup of tea - onesies are great as well ;) xx

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  2. We have heated bead bags rather than hot water bottles - I think they are safer & they keep their heat.much longer x

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  3. I think a nice quality electric underblanket is an essential, having had one when growing up I cant live without mine now and saves a fortune on heating over night.

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  4. Ah.. hot water bottles. Need to find mine!
    Alex x

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  5. Extra layers, a cuddle & a hot water bottle is all you need xx

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  6. This may stop you getting too warm.....check your smoke detector! More people use candles during the festive season and accidents can happen.

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  7. I'm still refusing to put any heating on, a nice warm onesie's all you need!

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  8. we all keep warm in one room to save

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  9. Great advice, always good to save pennies where possible x

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  10. Victoria Connolly2 December 2013 at 09:00

    I always encourage my daughters to put their cardis on in the house

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  11. Thanks for this post! I'm always telling my husband we don't need to have the heating on max to be warm. I think he thinks I'm an Eco warier! I will be showing him this. X

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  12. I ahve to find some wa of keeping the gas bill down it's getting silly now

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  13. Turn the heating down 10 degrees might be a bit extreme. Mine is set to 16 in the day and 18 early morning and evening, 13 overnight.
    Make sure there is enough heat in the house (whether you are in or not) to stop any freezing pipes.

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  14. great advice :) gonna have to put some into practise...I'm always cold :S

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  15. Close your curtains before it gets dark to keep the heat in! This makes a great difference.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  16. Love the ideas here ... I like the use of hot water bottle under a blanket ... but my hubby swears by layering of clothes

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  17. Really simple one, don't block your radiators by putting furniture in front of them, let them radiate!

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  18. Making sure I don't heat upstairs when we spend most of our time downstairs anyway

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  19. Don't cover radiators, blanket and extra layers. We aalso have an electric blanket x

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  20. Ive just invested in a wood burning stove - got a massive pile of wood from a local timber yard for £80 which will keep us warm all winter

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  21. Great site. V. pleased to have found you.

    I wear an attractive, warm fleece jacket when the temperature drops inside.

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  22. We have hot water bottles every night and lots of snuggling :)

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  23. We keep the blinds down further in winter and close the curtains earlier to keep the heat in

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  24. I dont think I could possibly wear any more layers! I already have my whole wardrobe on! (logged in as scott broomhead)

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  25. i just steal my partners body heat :)

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  26. I do everything you have mentioned as I need to keep warm with my low immune system & already have bronchitis! What I do with hot water bottles as I have one after the other is have a separate kettle just for the hot water so instead of pouring the water down the sink I re-use the same water.

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  27. I have fished out my hot water bottle as I'm really noticing the nights are colder now. I'm all for thick socks, slankets and cocoa too!

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  28. Great tips! Dressing gowns and blankets are great for keeping warm in the winter! :) x

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  29. I bought onesies for everyone so that we don't have the heating on all day and night

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  30. More clothes, hot water bottles and blankets for us

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  31. insulation makes a huge difference

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  32. Wear a big fluffy dressing gown and slippers and you won't need the heating on as much!

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  34. I'm out of work and it's difficult to keep my flat warm so I stay out and keep myself occupied as much as possible.

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  35. I am really trying to save money on our fuel bills as they are so high. I am off work with a bad back at the moment, and being cold makes things worse. One thing that drives me mad is that my children (three of whom are teenagers and one is 7) all seem to be incapable of shutting doors, which cause draughts everywhere. I have turned down our thermostat and am trying my best to keep the heating to only being on as per our timer - which is a couple of hours in the early morning and then for about 3 hours from about 4pm when the children get in from school. Thick onesies, blankets and layers all help.

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  36. Oh i hate and love winter...for this reason!!! Hate cold mornings and i struggle getting out of bed at the best of times!!! so if its Freezing i dont like to move lol

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  37. We hide in onesies and under throws to avoid putting the heating on!

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  38. we love our snuggle blanky and cuddles

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  39. Great advice. We moved in the summer and are just finding out how cold our new house is! So badly insulated. There seems to be a hole somewhere at the back of the cupboard where I keep plates and they come out so cold they feel like they could shatter!

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  40. freezing here, keep making hot water bottles brrrrrrr

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  41. Some fab tips there - thank you! x

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  42. I'm trying really hard to keep costs down this winter. We turn off all the rads in rooms we're not using and only turn the bedroom ones on as and when needed.

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  43. Use draft excluders at doors and door curtain to keep the warmth in.

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  44. thank you so much for the advice we need all the help we can get with the energy prices going up :(

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  45. tin foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room helps.

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  46. keep doors and curtains closed x.

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  47. get a cat! she sleeps on my lap and is better thana hot water bottle because she doesn't go cold :)

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  48. Close the doors and turn off the radiators in rooms not being used.

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  49. The sofa blankets are essential in my old, cold house :)

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  50. Close the curtains early as soon as it's dark to retain heat.

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  51. I love getting the blankets out and snuggling up with my family - perfect! :)

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  52. hot chocolate in front of the fire, bliss!

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  53. we love snuggling on the sofa with a blanket and watching a DVD, we don't subscribe to movies, you can pick up cheap DVD s anywhere!

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  54. I think an electric blanket is the way to go to keep cosy in this cold weather!

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  55. great advice we use to hav a coal fire when we were young really miss this in the winter

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  56. I don't really feel the cold, so I don't have the heating on very often. I feel sorry for my hubby as he sits on the sofa in his jacket with a quilt over him, while I'm fine in short sleeves.

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  57. I am the same as Julie I can walk around in shorts and T-shirt indoors while my other half has about 4 layers on and a scarf lol

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  58. We're lucky enough to have a coal fire (it also heats the water for nothing!) and don't have any heating on the house except for a small pipe type heater ( very low power usage) which takes the chill off in the bedroom. My hubby is pretty much bedbound so it needs to be slightly warm. We also have a lovely new goose feather duvet which I won in a comp!!

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  59. Go to bed early - it saves on heating and lights, and if you're anything like me cuts down the food bill because I have late night munchies if I'm sat downstairs watching TV!!

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  60. Lots of layers, keep the heating on low and wrap up in a duvet when cuddling on the sofa

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  61. Really good advice on these comments :)

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  62. Great tips, i feel the cold terribly

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  63. Enjoyed reading some great tips here.

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  64. Take full advantage of the heat you've got...
    I dry my clothes on the radiators so time it so I do the washing just before getting in the bath on a colder day so I have more excuses to put the heating on, and after the bath the hot water stays in the bath to help heat...same after cooking, cooker door stays open so warms up kitchen.

    Jadea

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  65. Thanks for the advice /suggestions. We need all the assistance we can get. As the cold weather can kill. The media has reported that the number of elderly (one of the most vulnerable groups of individuals) who have died over the winter months, has increased over the last few years. We know that people are living with 'fuel poverty', there are some people attending Food Banks.
    Government really need to take action if they are to support and protect individuals :- particularly the vulnerable. As I believe a bad / cold winter has been forecast.

    Rachel Craig

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  66. Your mention of blankets has got me thinking. As we have all become so used to duvets. Do we need both, considering the cold weather forecast / prediction. Whilst we are all trying to budget, as fuel bills/ charges have and are increasing. Blankets may once more become a popular household item.

    Rachel Craig

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  67. great advice, we all need to think with rocketing energy bills

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  68. Great tips, I much prefer being snug under a blanket than have the heating on

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  69. A blanket and snuggling keeps us very warm...

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  70. Great tips there. We only recently turned down the thermostat - it should make a difference to our bills. We have lots of nice fleecey blankets and cushions for snuggling up at night :)

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  71. great tips, onesies, duvets and cuddles i love

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  72. Love being cosy and warm inside when it is cold outside.

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  73. Fantastic tips! i feel the cold all the time will definatley use these tips :)

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  74. It makes such a difference to keeping warm being well insulated.

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  75. nothing more cosier than sitting in living room with lamps on, fire on, tree, onesie & a blanket :)

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  76. Great tips and that is a great looking front room! x

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  77. ive invested in draft excluders to save money on gas this winter

    @cee_cee54

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  78. Some very useful advice here, thank you x

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  79. great tips and gloves in the house are great

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  80. My advice? Don't leave bed! I've taken to wearing my coat a lot more recently and only filling the kettle to just above the amount needed by measuring it first.

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  81. Stick a thick cardi on

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  82. The only way other than to turn down the thermostat significantly is put on more layers and get more blankets!! i don't see the CEO's of the Big Six having to do this

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  83. Apparently you can velcro your curtains to the wall... I might give it a go since mine have to be light enough to go in the washing machine due to a dust allergy so they're not heavy enough to provide much insulation. Or maybe I should make detachable backing for them!

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  84. Individual thermostat valves on each radiator in the house so rooms that are used less are heated less

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  85. I can't live without my thick socks in this weather

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  86. I just like to keep active to keep warm!
    from Julie McLaren

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  87. Put on some shorts and turn up the heating :D

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  88. Google tea lights and plant pots for a really cheap way to make an effective heater.

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  89. Some really useful tips here, thanks x

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  90. Wear lots of layer cause it traps the heat, stay cosy and warm and socks if your feet are warm then you will be xxx

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  91. I'm nervous about hot water bottles after reading a story in a magazine about a girl who burst hers and got very badly burned, bean bag ones all the way

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  92. some really good advice on here

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  93. I love a nice warm pair of booties and my fleecy pyjamas with a cuppa tea and the fire on mmm cosy

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  94. just put me next to that fire and thats me warmed up

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  95. Ah you cant beat getting snuggly under a blanket in the winter :) x

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  96. I agree with wearing plenty of layers - and the most important layering of all I have found is socks, two pairs is much warmer than one thick pair.

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  97. In the highlands, it's lots and lots of layers..wooly hats, scarfs, gloves & thermals!!

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  98. Great advice x

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  99. Great ideas, wish I had a fireplace like that.

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  100. snuggle up close

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  101. Great tips, I like lots of cosy throws

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  102. Wrap up in lots of snuggly blankets! That's what me and my housemates do. :)

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  103. Wood for warmth andsmell

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  104. We love watching films under big snuggly blankets :)

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  105. Great tips to pass on to my clients who may be in fuel poverty

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  106. I would love to be snuggled under a blanket watching TV nibbling something from Hotel Chocolat and sipping prosecco mmmmm lush. Merry Christmas.

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  107. me and my daughters wear our onesies indoors whenever it's cold :)

    Natalie Gillham

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  108. A hot water bottle - keeps me lovely and cosy

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  109. Me = always cold, hubby - always hot. The answer? Snuggle!

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  110. dog acts as a hot water bottle!

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  111. we have hotwater bottles for bed time and an extra jumper during the evening if were cold. we love snuggling up together watching a film perfect for this time of the year

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  112. Tobys Proud Mummy Toys8 December 2013 at 22:59

    Hot baths Hot water bottles hot snuggles simple

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  113. I've just got a wood burner - all that chopping wood keeps you warm

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  114. keep room doors closed and heating off in unused rooms - closing all bedroom doors until heat is needed in them will greatly reduce heat loss.

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  115. Buy good quality draught excluders to put by doors. We also have snuggly blankets that we love to curl up in watching TV.

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  116. good thermals always keep you snug

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  117. We snuggle together and watch movies in the evening. I have two hot water bottles so put one at the bottom of my bed and the other in my sons cot while I get him ready for bed, then move it before putting him in. He goes down almost instantly :)

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  119. layered clothing is good because it traps air and keeps you warm. As you warm up you can take a layer off.

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  120. My heating has broke so its hot water bottles ,blankets slippers and star jumps

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  121. I simply love the winter
    my kids love to jump in puddles,
    we love building lots of snowmen
    but my favourite things' the cuddles!
    Huddled up, just to keep warm
    there is nothing quite as nice
    to warm up our freezing bodies
    turned as cold as ice!
    The school run in the morning
    leaves me cold as cold can be
    I can't wait til hubbys home
    for a hug or three!
    Good job he likes his cuddles too
    sat in front of the t.v.
    Its the most fun way to keep us warm
    well, thats what I believe!

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  122. lots of layers and blankets in this house x

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  123. We just spend a lot more time together by heating one room in the day!

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  124. Get a dog, they will lie all over you and always keep you warm x

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  125. Keep doors & curtains closed.

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  126. Good ideas.

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  127. Hot cup of tea whilst wrapping up in my duvet with loads of warm clothes on and a hot water bottle

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  128. A nice brew and a blanket

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  129. good advice! we recently spent £30 on gas in a week! chris always puts the heating on

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  130. i love being snuggled under the blanket infront of the tv with a great film and my family, just wish my lilltle girl would sit still for more then 5 minutes lol

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  131. Some great tips. I love hot water bottles,make me feel so cosy under a fleece blanket :)

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  132. this is really helpful, thank you x

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