“The weather is getting worse by the minute”, says NBC4 in NYC. Thankfully my employer let non-essential staff go home today at 4pm, to avoid the bulk of the snow and bad travel. So I’m now comfy/cozy in my PJs lounging on the couch and thinking about the 18-24 inches (depending on what news outlet you watch) of snow we’re going to get.
I’m crossing my fingers we don’t lose power and praying that everyone in the path of the storm stays warm, safe and comfortable.
5 frugal activities I’m entertaining myself with during the blizzard:
- Knitting-I just finished up a cardigan for my adorable niece. Right now I’m working on another cardigan for my, “baby closet”. With so many friends expecting these days, I store away a few things for baby showers etc.
Total cost? The price of the yarn, which I always try to buy at a discount or with a coupon. The blue yarn I used for the cardi was $3 a skein. I used about 1.5 skeins for a toddler size 3 sweater, so $4.50 for the whole sweater.
- Cooking-notice cleaning is not on the list?-wink). As long as we have power, I plan to do a little cooking. Butternut squash soup (recipe by Emeril Lagasse) is one of my favorites, so I’ll be making that. Cost to make the soup? About $4.00 for the squash and a few dollars more for the onions, spices, carrots etc. I omit the cream because Eric doesn’t like it. It makes 5-6 good sized bowls, yum!
- Exercising-I see a little FOCUS T25 in my future tomorrow. When I can’t get outside to run I like to do the cardio workout. Cost? Free, I own the DVD set. I paid about $60 for the whole set on ebay a few months back.
- Blogging and catch up on blog posts-I’m very excited to write a few blog posts (I feel like I have a million things I want to write and not enough time). I also want to read all of my friend’s blogs because I’m horribly behind (sorry!). Cost? Free
- Reading-I have a whole bunch of reading to catch up on. I have 3-4 magazines that I haven’t had time to look at and this Book that a co-worker lent to me. Cost? Free
5 things I won’t be doing during the blizzard:
- Going to work-Who ever thought you’d get a, “snow day” as an adult? My employer gave all, “non-essential” employees the day off tomorrow. I thought about trying to go in for overtime, but decided against it in case public transportation isn’t back up and running by tomorrow (all subway service is being shut down tonight at 11pm).
- Building a snowman-I hate snow, I hate cold. The only time I’ll be going outside is to drag the dog out to pee (and literally I have to drag him because he also hates the snow and hates getting his feet wet).
- Drinking hot chocolate-We don’t have any in the house right now (sad I know!). But we do have marshmallows. So maybe we’ll toast those over the gas stove (is that even healthy? probably not).
- Shoveling-Our condo association is
cheapfrugal so we don’t hire a maintenance company to shovel the sidewalk/stairs. We take turns shoveling and Eric shoveled the last time we got snow, so hopefully we’re off the hook for the duration of this super storm.
- Shopping-Most of the stores around us already have signs on their doors stating that they are closing for the duration of the storm. I don’t need anything right now anyway, so we’ll be eating from the pantry this week to save money.