Many Uses For Those Little "Shake To Use" Winter Hand Warmers!
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Don't just throw away those little disposable winter hand warmer packets after you've come in from the cold. Most of them stay warm for hours, and you can use them for many things! Toss them in your bed to warm it up before you go to sleep. Set your mug of tea down on one to keep it from getting cold. Hold some against whatever muscle of yours is achiest from exercise. They're really like tiny heating pads!
I will confess I have some tucked in my bra right now, after a very cold walk home from the gym.
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I've started keeping a bottle of lemon juice in my refrigerator and another in the fridge at work. I drink way more water that way! It's also great to have around so that I can cut up fruits and keep them from oxidizing.
It's way cheaper than using fresh lemons, especially in the winter!
Try saving money by shopping at local consignment, charity-sponsored, and "super-discount" shops for clothing, used fitness equipment, kitchenware, etc. You can earn a little $ at consignment shops if you bring "gently" used items and have the shop re-sell them. However, if you bring in a winter coat in the summer, they will probably ask you to bring it back in the fall when they will start selling their winter items. You will NOT get full price, but it is extra $ !!
In this insane Minneapolis winter, I've taken to always tossing some extra, removable clothing layers in my backpack before I leave the house - stuff that's light to carry, but will maybe make the difference between freezing into a human icicle at the bus stop, and not. I usually carry a thin long-sleeved undershirt, an earband, leg warmers (if I'm not wearing them!), arm warmers, maybe a hat, maybe another scarf. Knowing I have these available makes me more willing to brave the outdoors.
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