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Fighting Off Fall – 10 Frugal Fips and Fricks

Summer has ended with the subtly of a 50 car pile-up on the highway, and I’ve gone from sweating to cold toes in the span of three days.

I’m not happy.

As much as I like cozying up to the fire with some tea (or coffee) and an engrossing book, cold itself is inconvenient and makes my extremities feel weird – or numb, if we’re being dramatic.

There’s a few things you can do to fight off the chill, and fight off the impulse to start happy-spending. It’s not Christmas yet folks, despite what Costco and store inventory is telling you!

10 Ways To Fight Off Fall (Especially in Canada)

1. Bring Out The Fuzzy Socks

cozy socks are warm

The hot weather is gone, and that means it’s time to bundle up. I’m rarely seen without long pants and a sweater, to the point I have to rotate through my sweaters instead of my shirts on work days. I could wear the same shirt all week and none would be the wiser.

You lose a lot of heat from your feet, hands, and head. Wear thick socks, gloves, and hats to keep that toasty warm inside. Blankets help too.

2. Turn Down the Thermostat

If your kitchen is colder than the inside of your fridge (true story), you might’ve gone a bit too far. And maybe you’re the one out of a dozen who finds the blistering heat worth the utility bill. But if you’re not, put on an extra layer or two, pull out the big blanket, and make friends with the hot water bottle or heating pad so you’re warm even if your nose might be icy.

3. Have a Board Game Night

Look, just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to be miserable and lonely. Get your friends together, make the price of admission a board game (or an invented some-sort-of game if there’s a poor soul without), and dice the night away. The outside usually can’t get you when you’re inside, so take advantage of physics and have a good time.

4. It’s NOT Christmas Yet

I know it’s an exciting time of year (the most important, for me), but there’s still so much time between now and Christmas. I’m sometimes guilty of jumping the gun, but take some time to enjoy this beautiful time of year. I can’t really speak to hot, humid climates, but right now where I’m at all the leaves are changing colours, and as annoying as they are on the lawnmower, it really is a beautiful sight. Enjoy the time between Summer and full-out apocalypse winter. It might be snowing, but we can still see the road!

5. Go to the Library

There’s no reason not to take this don’t-want-to-be-outside time to curl up on a couch and get through some good books. As always, I’m a huge proponent of the local public library – I recently finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and We Need To Talk About Kevin. … okay, so both of those are depressing and disturbing, respectively, so maybe don’t pick them for curl up and enjoy reading, but they’re good books, and there’s millions out there to choose from.

6. Respect the Elements and… just respect them

If you’re driving across the mountains during fall or winter, pack an emergency blanket. If you’re going outside and it’s going to be nippy, take some gloves or a hat. If there’s a huge thunder storm coming, maybe don’t fly that kit. There’s been insane natural disasters around the world lately, and I desperately want everyone to stay safe. It’s not worth your life, and a little bit of prevention can go a long way. Be safe, be smart.

7. Take Some Time to Prepare the Exterior

If you’re a homeowner, or even if you’re renting, there’s easy things you can do that will extend the life and integrity of your exterior items, and in general. Cover up any outdoor patio furniture, bring cushions inside and store in bags. Bring your potted plants close to your walls and make sure your gutters are flowing, because you want that melting snow in the spring to have a quick exit. Make sure your vents are open and your windows aren’t drafty. Flip that baby from AC to HEAT (cover your AC unit up too!), and enjoy the sweet spot between construction traffic and ‘how do we drive in the snow again?’ traffic.

8. Break Out the Hot Recipes

Hot soup on a blistering hot day is… a lot. Hot soup when you finally realize you should’ve brought that jacket instead of trusting your sweater? Bliss. Using the stove and the oven helps heat the interior of the house, and warm food during cold weather sort-of goes hand in hand. Cool cucumber soup is over, and it’s time for the chicken noodles and grilled cheeses.

9. Prepare to Fight Off the Cold – the Stuffy-Nose Kind

The first bout of fall cold has already attacked me, and is still lingering in the form of congestion. No one likes a sick coworker, but if you must, sanitize and cough into your elbow. Avoid infecting others – now’s the time to become extremely self conscious about everything you touch and the direction you breath. As much as I hate being sick, I hate being sick around others more.

(I recently tried one of those sinus-rinse things, and if you’ve been dubious – you’ve been dubious for good reason, because it’s AWFUL, but on the same note, it’s also amazing and worth it. Try it once or twice. If you still hate it, I understand.)

10. Enjoy the Fall – Because Winter Is Coming

It’s back-to-school, the start of hockey season (and other sports, on the television). Most TV shows are coming back from hiatus, and the streets are a little less crowded between the morning and evening rush hours (seriously, where do all these people come from, during the summer?!). Fall’s a magical time, and if you don’t enjoy it, you’re going to be thinking ‘8 more months until summer comes’, and that’s just depressing. Think ‘another month or so before winter really hits’, and you’ll be all the happier with that little bit of optimism 🙂

How do you tackle the fall?


  1. I tackle the fall by using my slow cooker! 🙂 Now that I threw away my slow cooker and bought an Instant Pot, I’ll be making lots of recipes that warm the Canadian soul with it lol.

    • Ms. Raggedly Rich

      September 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I’m drooling over here. Maple syrup mac and cheese, and bison bread stew!! (I’ve tried to make neither of those things, nor know if they are ‘things’).

      Delish. Invite me over 😉

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