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Moriah and Terrance's Journey:

Winterizing

Winter is truly upon us and so is the final stretch of Project Money 2017! And both of these events bring some challenges. Winterizing the house, car maintenance, elevated heating bills just to name some. And then there's the challenge managing all these expenses responsibly. So, like we have done since the beginning of this project, we made a plan on how to proceed. This is what and how we are doing.

First, we know we need to upgrade the windows on the house. Frankly, that's not happening right now. So we did the next best thing. We found a couple of window winterizing kits for $3 at The Habitat Store. A couple of hours and a little team work and our windows were sealed. As the day went, we noticed the difference in the house temp in comparison to earlier in the week.

Second, we are mostly consolidating to using one car. Mostly because I, as a southerner, am not adept at driving in winter weather. We are lining up our schedules to only using the more fuel efficient car for the time being. This will easily be the biggest challenge.

One more thing we are doing, my wife is being proactive in combatting my winter blues by meal prepping with the best of them! I have a tendency to get super lazy when it's cold outside and spend a lot of money on pizza. She cut me off at the pass by having plenty of food prepared to make it totally absurd to spend money on fast food. Much healthier and much cheaper.

Yes, some plans are a stop gap, others a lifestyle adjustment. But in the end, they all financially make sense. Those savings will hopefully turn into windows, car repair, and savings. Here's to the home stretch!


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