It's Frugal Friday over at http://www.lifeasmom.com/, and while I haven't been spending a lot of money lately, I also haven't been actively looking for ways to save money either, and I think they both need to go hand-in-hand. But this week I think I've come up with another cost-saving idea. It's been rather cool in the mornings here this week in central Ohio, mid 40s some days, and yesterday my daughter said the magic words.... "Mom, it's too cold. I'm going to have to start using my space heater." Yikes! That little 10-inch cube used more electricity last winter that I ever dreamed. In fact, I've never, ever had an electric bill over $100 until she started using that thing, and I nearly croaked when I opened that bill last February. To backtrack a little, DD is very petite and has a severe case of iron deficiency. (Her ferritin, or iron storage, is "up to" 10, when normal is 20-200 and her doctor wants her at at least 50.) So she gets cold quite easily, and since I keep the house at 65 or cooler at night in the winter, it's downright difficult to get her out of her nice, warm, cozy bed if her room isn't warm.
So to make a long story short, here is my frugal tip: I'm going to buy an appliance timer, one of those that you usually use on lights when you're going on vacation, and use it for her heater. We'll set it to turn on about an hour before she needs to get out of bed, and her room should be warm enough when she wakes up. I'm thinking I should recoup the cost of the timer in lower electric bills in less than a month, which will definitely be nice this heating season!