It can be easy to wish away winter in anticipation of spring and the warm weather to come, but we think it’s much simpler to embrace winter instead. One place to do just that is in your kitchen, where you can find savings and new traditions alike.
The winter is the perfect time to start a Sunday morning breakfast tradition (homemade pancakes, anyone?) or get into the habit of enjoying a warm mug of tea on brisk days. This article from The Kitchn offers those and other fun ideas.
Winter also is a great time to save. This piece from Frugal Rules says the winter months are the best time of year to cut down on your grocery bill. Consider stocking up on ingredients that serve a dual-purpose (chicken breasts for dinner one night, chicken fajitas the next).
Cooking casseroles and other dishes in bulk can also help cut down on costs. Try these healthy crock-pot options from Eating Well for slow cooker meals you can cook now and freeze leftovers for later.
How do you plan stay happy – or save money – this winter? Tell us in the comments below.