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15 Nov 2017

Why Do You Spend More Money In Winter?

Winter has well and truly set in. The days are shorter, it’s too cold to get out of bed in the morning and we might even see some snow soon. If you’re like me, this is the worst part of the year for you. If that wasn’t bad enough, winter is also the time of year when you spend the most money. People often think that you spend more in summer because you’re out doing things more often, which is true, but all of the extra expenses in winter far outweigh that.

It’s also worth noting that you’ve got way more options for free things to do during the summer. The weather’s good enough for bbqs or trips out that don’t cost that much. But in winter you can’t really do anything that involves being outside too long. That means that when you do go out, you’re more likely to be spending money to get into places.

Most of us don’t realize that we’re spending more money during the colder months but it can add up to quite a bit. If you want to avoid the overspend this winter, these are the things you need to watch out for.


While you might eat out more often in the summer, you’re more likely to spend loads more of money on food during winter. When it’s freezing cold and raining outside and you’ve got nothing in the fridge, you’ve got two options; you could get your coat on and go to the shop, but that means getting soaked then coming back and cooking. Your other option, of course, is to order some takeaway and let somebody else do the hard work. You’ll find that this is a regular occurrence during the winter, so try to keep on top of it when you’re shopping so you don’t end up wasting money every night. You’re also going to eat more generally in winter so make sure you’re getting cheap food.

Burst Pipes

In the winter your pipes are likely to freeze up and they can burst quite easily. When that happens you’ll have to call out somebody like this local plumber to fix it for you, and it’s not going to be cheap. You can avoid it by keeping the heating on fairly regularly. It seems counterproductive when you’re trying to save money but the cost of getting pipe repaired will be way more than having the heating on a bit. Having to do repairs like that is going to increase your home costs by a big amount.


If you live in a country where it’s hot over the Christmas period, you’re actually at a financial advantage. Over here you’ve got to deal with the extra home costs you’ll face during winter, as well as paying for Christmas as well. When the average family are spending around £800 on Christmas, it’s a big expense, especially when money’s already tight. When you factor in all of the costs for New Years on top, you’re probably spending an extra £1500 that you wouldn’t be spending in summer.

Don’t make winter even worse than it has to be by spending all of your money before summer rolls around.


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