Happy Wednesday, Dear Readers.
Pardon me for complaining, but unless you’re a polar bear, winter in this part of the world really sucks. It’s at about this time every year that most people I know are done with windchill, done with freezing drafts, done with bundling up like astronauts just to take a two minute bus ride. It’s ridiculous…it’s already March. People in British Columbia and Oregon have flowers in their gardens, and where are we at? A balmy -30C with windchill. Talk about depressing!
So, how do the winter blues affect one’s budget, you may ask? Well, in addition to scary utility bills and desperately-needed vacations to hot climates (which I didn’t take this year, by the way), there’s transportation costs. Those who have cars are probably driving them to destinations that are only a block away, while many others rely on taxis. I’ve been trying to cut down on my taxi use. Since I already have a monthly bus pass, it’s an unnecessary expense. But when you wake up to a weather report of -37C, it’s hard to face the idea of waiting for a bus that can never manage to be on time. Taxi!
I also suspect more frivolous items are purchased in the winter. When it’s summertime and you can bask in the glorious sun or putter in the garden, and just going for a walk is a wonderful experience, it’s easier to be satisfied with what you have. I’ve been so good about breaking my spending pattern, but even I’m finding that I’m having cravings lately…the craving to buy something new, just to cheer myself up. Thankfully, I haven’t succumbed, but if you’re dealing with weather like this and you have given into temptation, I don’t blame you one bit.
How about you, dear readers? Do you find that weather really effects your mood? Or spending habits? Or both?
What are your best tips for beating the winter blues when you can’t go somewhere else to escape them?