Pride in ownership shines from every corner of this 2,398-square-foot Puyallup gem. In addition to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this residence is brimming with beautifully designed living spaces that are ready for entertaining and living the life you’ve been dreaming about! Nestled on a cul-de-sac in the Cobblestone subdivision, this beauty also offers you the opportunity to live in a picturesque residential setting while still being merely minutes to some of Puyallup’s top amenities. Located at 16310 E 88th Ave Puyallup, WA 98375, this move-in ready South Hill home features a brand new roof and is listed for $380,000.
Pristine, artful landscaping and a welcoming front porch await as you pull in the driveway, and when you step inside, this home’s light-filled atmosphere beckons. The warm color palette coupled with all of the natural sunlight creates a sundrenched oasis that you’re sure to love spending time in whether you’re visiting with guests or lounging on the couch reading a good book. The living room opens up into the dining area, making it easy to transition from cocktail hour to dinnertime!
The spacious, gourmet kitchen is right around the corner, and this masterfully designed space is brimming with everything you need. From the shimmering granite counters on the center island and stainless steel appliances to all of the ample storage space that you’ll find in generous cabinetry and pantry, the kitchen is an absolute dream! Whether you need space to spread out on in order to make your famous homemade recipes or you need a stylish haven to invite guests into, the kitchen is sure to become the center of daily life. Plus, the adjacent dining nook offers yet another sunlit space to enjoy.
In the family room, a haven of relaxation and comfort awaits. The beautiful tile and wood-wrapped gas fireplace and TV alcove anchor the space, and laid-back evenings spent with the company of loved ones and catching up on your favorite TV shows are made all the more lovely here!
The main level features a versatile bedroom/den, and head upstairs to find even more flexible space. A large loft area at the top of the stairs could easily be transformed into an entertainment center, play area, office space, or fitness center, and you’ll find the same fabulous potential in the rest of the bedrooms. The master bedroom is especially worth highlighting—this indulgent retreat offers luxury at your fingertips! Stunning recessed lighting details line the ceiling for a captivating, glowing ambiance, and the huge walk-in closet and ensuite bath are just the cherry on top of this dynamic space. The 5-piece ensuite bath boasts standout features like a dual shower and soaking tub, making wellness routines all the more refreshing!
When the weather warms up, this property’s fully fenced, storybook backyard is ready to offer vacation-like weekends without ever having to leave the comfort of home. The patio is absolutely perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining, and vibrant flower baskets and a strand of firefly lights would give this space an instant refresh! Take in the view of the lush garden, a definite treat for garden enthusiasts who love spending sunny afternoons out in the tranquility of nature.
Living in Puyallup
At 16310 E 88th Ave Puyallup, WA 98375, you’re tucked away in a cul-de-sac and merely minutes to shopping, dining, schools, services, and more in the South Hill area of Puyallup. Schools are just a couple minutes from home, as are popular spots like WinCo Foods, Fred Meyer, Walmart Supercenter, and a long list of other conveniences. The Sunrise Village shopping center is right there as well, and here you’ll find Target, LA Fitness, PetSmart, and several eateries, services, and other shops!
Bright & Modern 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath Home w/Additional Living Space & Gorgeous Yard on Crescent Lake in Gig Harbor
Vacation-worthy living awaits with this 1,488-square-foot home nestled right along Crescent Lake! Enjoy having the main house with one bedroom and one bath, along with the additional living space that offers privacy and flexibility. Lovingly maintained, this home was completely renovated right down to the studs in 2011, and new owners are sure to love the rich hardwoods, quartz counters, recessed lighting, and fine finishes! All of this is yours, plus a gorgeous fully fenced, professionally landscaped yard on scenic Crescent Lake. Located at 2302 NW State Game Rd NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332, this one-of-a-kind residence is listed for $455,000.
Boasting a fresh and cheerful atmosphere to call home, this haven delights the second you step inside. Not only did this home undergo a thorough renovation in recent years, but features like surround sound with in-ceiling recessed speakers ensure this gem is ready for the future! Snuggle up in the main living area alongside the cozy fire and enjoy visiting with loved ones or relaxing for a movie night.
The open-concept layout flows right into the sunny dining area, and here you can take in views of shimmering Crescent Lake as you sip your morning coffee. The open kitchen makes it easy to serve up meals, whether you’re basking in the natural light in the dining nook or enjoying an al fresco meal out on the deck. The well-appointed kitchen offers a stylish, contemporary design, and dark cabinetry showcases an eye-catching contrast with sleek appliances, quartz counters, and an exquisite backsplash design.
In this home’s bedroom and bath, you’ll find a tranquil, comfortable atmosphere to rejuvenate in. If you need more room to spread out in, there’s even an additional living space that’s separate from the main house! This sweet retreat has everything you could need or want, from a kitchenette to dreamy views of Crescent Lake.
When winter melts away and springtime arrives, this property’s fabulous amenities begin to shine even more. Take in the fresh air from the large covered deck, and find a hot tub on the slate patio. Imagine winding down after a day of fun on the lake with a luxurious soak in the hot tub! Crescent Lake is conveniently motorized, meaning you can zip around the lake in style. And when you’re on land, take advantage of your fully fenced, professionally landscaped yard that offers plenty of room for cultivating the garden of your dreams!
Living in Gig Harbor’s Crescent Lake Area
At 2302 NW State Game Rd NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332, you’re surrounded by nature while still being just minutes from city conveniences. Connect to Highway 16 in just 8-10 minutes, and all of the shops, restaurants, and services along Borgen Boulevard are just a 8-minute drive from home. Here you’ll find places like Costco, Target, YMCA, Albertsons, The Home Depot, and much more. You’re also only an 8-minute drive to Downtown Gig Harbor, making it easy to enjoy the iconic waterfront!
Saving for Your Vacation
Every year there are friends and family who really want to take a vacation, but they do not have the funds, or they would like to make it debt free. Here are some helpful ways to save for that much needed vacation.
Set up a Dedicated Savings Account
This is a good sign to show that you are serious, and it will ensure that you have the funds when you are ready to book airfare, hotel, car (if needed), and have spending money on your trip. This separate account information should be shared with all who are going on the trip (even kids who get an allowance, so they can contribute to the fund). It is important to do some research on where you would like to go; once the venue is confirmed you can gather information on the costs of the hotel or resort, airfare, etc. If you are traveling internationally, you need to budget the cost of passports for everyone. You also may opt to wait until your trip is close to pick up a debit card from your bank. This will keep you from being tempted to spend from your vacation account.
Set Up Automatic Transfers
Automating your savings is a great way to get to your goal. If you plan to save weekly, here is what the math looks like: $20 per week adds up to $1,040 over the course of a year, and if more than one person is saving the same or close to the same amount it can add up to a wonderful vacation budget. Automate it and forget until you need it.
People from the Caribbean have a system called “partner” or “susou” where a group of friends or family commit to paying a certain amount into an account paid to someone called the “banker”. Each person is committed to sending the same amount on a previously agreed date every month. This is known as “throwing a hand”. This money can add up really fast, and by the end of the year (or whenever your vacation timeline is) you will have enough. This has become much easier with apps like Zelle, Venmo, and Cash App where monies can be transferred to another account in a matter of minutes. Pooling funds allows you to afford nicer vacation destinations, rent transportation together, share the cost of food (if you are not going to an all-inclusive resort), as well as tips and other miscellaneous spending like mementos.
Get Everyone Involved
If you have kids, include them in the planning and let them have a stake in their own vacation. If they get an allowance have them set aside 30% towards vacation. It could also be fun to have everyone save loose change in a jar, count how much there is each week, and go together to the bank at the end of each month to deposit into your vacation fund account. This gets everyone excited and motivated as they see the money grow.
Factor in the Essentials
Traveling abroad? Everyone needs a passport. Factor that cost in. Need new tropical attire? Factor that cost in – swimwear is a vacation essential. Checking luggage? Factor that cost in. Write down everything you can think of that you will spend on and work them into the budget so you are not blindsided by any major expense. Pull out your old suitcases and see if they can take another trip or if you will need new ones. Check to see if anyone has outgrown walking/hiking or water shoes. Budget for travel insurance, especially for international travel.
There are many online stores where you can sell almost anything from home. Look around for sell-able items that you have – special event dresses like those worn to a wedding, prom, or gala, shoes you have only worn once to a special event, clothing in good condition that you no longer wear, furniture, and novelty items. Every bit adds up and that helps to grow your fund. Get kids involved and organize a yard sale in the spring. Donate anything that does not sell to a charitable community organization (possible tax deduction!).
Where to go
There are many options for where you can go on vacation. You may have friends who own a timeshare and you can accompany them by invitation or rent the accommodations from them. With most timeshares you will need to provide your own food so pooling resources definitely will go a long way. Another option is staying at a hotel where there are many restaurants close by to get daily meals. That is where those savings will come in handy because food costs will be a major expense. Another option is to stay at an all-inclusive resort where once you pay the upfront costs, you don’t need to spend anything out of pocket for food, drinks, and some amenities like their spa. There may also be some activities that you will have to pay for such as going scuba diving, parasailing, or horseback riding in the ocean. Saving for an all-inclusive resort may take a while longer because they tend to be pricey; however, if you pay for accommodations and food beforehand, the other expenses are airfare, if you are flying, or a car and gas if you are driving to your destination.
In 10 months you can be enjoying that much needed vacation with family and friends and making new and long-lasting memories!
Lovingly maintained and brimming with top-notch amenities, this 3,152-square-foot residence offers easy living in University Place! This spacious home includes 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, stylish living spaces, and even a huge 1,000-square-foot daylight lower level that comes with its own fully equipped kitchen. You’ll also discover a gorgeous park-like setting in the backyard, complete with a large deck, a patio, and plenty of space for play! Located at 5711 48th St W University Place WA 98467 and wonderfully close to schools, parks, shopping, restaurants, highways and more, this dynamic residence is listed for the recently reduced price of $510,000.
Featuring an attractive, timeless exterior, this picturesque home is a delight to arrive home to! New garage doors and gutters are conveniently in the mix, and a welcoming front porch with stately columns and double doors provide an excellent first impression. Immediately to the left, the formal living room invites you in, and natural light cascades in through large windows, shining the spotlight on rich hardwood floors and a fresh color palette. The layout flows right into the formal dining room, ensuring this haven is ideal for entertaining guests!
Just around the corner, the stunning kitchen provides a haven of elegant style and efficient design. Brazilian cherry cabinets promise ample storage for kitchen essentials, while shimmering granite counters add a splash of sophistication to the magazine-worthy scene! Bar-style seating and a sunny dining nook offer lots space for entertaining, and the layout opens up into the living room.
This home’s generous 4 bedrooms includes the luxurious master suite, an exquisite oasis with an ensuite bath. Spa-inspired finishes elevate the soaking tub and extra-large shower, offering a sumptuous experience all in the comfort of your own home!
Even more dynamic space awaits in this home’s daylight lower level, and here, over 1,000-square-feet of living can be taken advantage of. In addition to versatile living space, there’s also a fully equipped kitchen, new appliances, and a washer and dryer hookup. Enjoy having the flexibility of being able to offer visitors their own private space!
When the sun comes out and the weather warms up, this home is ready to help you soak up every minute of it! The lush lawn offers ample space for tossing around a football, or playing lawn games at your next barbecue. The patio and huge deck also promise weekends filled with outdoor entertaining, and all you need is some comfy outdoor furniture and a barbecue to get the party started!
Living in University Place
At 5711 48th St W University Place WA 98467, you’re wonderfully surrounded by city conveniences and access to the outdoors. Chambers Bay and Cirque Bridgeport Park are just a few minutes from home, providing hours and hours of opportunity for outdoor adventuring. When it’s time to run errands, Fred Meyer is a short 6-minute drive away, while several amenities (including Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and much more) along Bridgeport Way are only a 5-minute drive from home. You’re also only a 12-minute drive from Interstate-5 and the Tacoma Mall!
Boasting a delightful blend of historic charm and modern upgrades, this 1921-built Craftsman beauty offers easy living and city conveniences at your fingertips! Nestled in the highly desirable Proctor District in Tacoma’s North End, this move-in ready residence is close to restaurants, the library, shops, schools, grocery stores, and other top-notch city conveniences. With an expansive 3,508-square-foot layout, this home’s dynamic offerings include 3 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, gorgeous living and entertaining spaces, a den with a wet bar, an office, extensive storage, and so much more. The house also has new interior paint and new carpet. Located at 2715 N Union Ave Tacoma WA 98407 on a corner lot with a partial view of the Puget Sound, this timeless treasure is listed for $620,000.
Brimming with highly desired 1921-built charm while still showing off updates that modern homebuyers are sure to love, this home’s vintage character and contemporary amenities ensure this home is a joy to spend time in. Picturesque curb appeal welcomes you home, and a vibrant front door makes a memorable first impression! Just inside, this home’s living room invites you in to rest, relax, and entertain. Hardwood floors, crisp white trim, and a classic fireplace nestled in between exquisite built-ins set the warm scene, promising cozy evenings spent among loved ones. An adjacent office offers a light-filled setting to work in, and huge windows show off big views!
Journey toward the back of the home, and the formal dining room and kitchen await. The dining room offers ample space for a full-sized dining table, and eye-catching built-ins show off the ideal spot for storing and displaying favorite dishware. Whether you’re enjoying a laid-back weeknight meal or hosting a crowd for a holiday get-together, the dining room is truly an entertainer’s dream!
The large kitchen features pristine white cabinetry and appliances alongside cheerful yellow walls. Ample storage awaits, and there’s even enough space to add in a center island if you’d like some more counter space for meal prep. A dining nook shows off another dining option, with sunny views into the backyard.
Brimming with versatility, this home’s palatial layout offers a wealth of potential. 3 bedrooms offer privacy for loved ones, and the master bedroom suite is especially noteworthy. This sprawling sanctuary shows off plush carpets, vaulted ceilings, lots of natural light, and even partial views of the Puget Sound. Additionally, this home’s cabin-inspired basement features a den with a wet bar and fireplace, offering the ideal hangout and getaway to retreat to!
In the backyard, discover a patio (perfect for a set of outdoor furniture and a barbecue!), a lush carpet of green grass, and lots of opportunity for gardening. Beautifully maintained landscaping awaits, and whether you want to keep things simple or transform the yard into your own garden paradise, this secluded oasis awaits your magic touch. Plus, a coveted 2-car attached garages provide even more storage.
Living in Tacoma’s North End
At 2715 N Union Ave Tacoma WA 98407, you’re just a couple blocks away from North Proctor Street, a hub of action and entertainment in the Proctor District, a destination neighborhood for locals and out-of-towners alike. Here, enjoy convenient grocery shopping at Safeway, Metropolitan Market, and the farmers market on weekends. Popular restaurants like Europa Bistro, La Fondita, Pomodoro, Viva Tacoma, and more await, while iconic places like The Blue Mouse Theatre and Chalet Bowl are also in the mix. Schools, services, shops, parks, and more are also at your fingertips!
Charm, comfort, relaxation, easy living – you’ll find them all in this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in North Tacoma’s breathtaking Point Defiance area. A fresh exterior paint job brings life and unmistakable curb appeal to this comfortable home, and an outdoor hot tub paired with ample deck space mean you’ll enjoy the beautiful surroundings all year long. Inside, you’ll fall in love with beautiful hardwood floors and comfortable amenities for entertaining or relaxing after a long day. Located at 6205 N 39th St, Tacoma 98407, this 1,344-sq.-ft. charmer is listed at $320,000!
A classically designed, covered front porch warmly welcomes visitors into the delightful, split-level main floor. The home’s comfortable living space features high vaulted ceilings and large windows for visual appeal, and connects seamlessly to the kitchen and adjacent dining area. Enjoy a laid-back morning with a cup of coffee in hand, or sip a glass of wine with a friend – this cozy scene is the ideal setting.
A few steps beyond, light streams in through French doors, which reveal beautiful views of the attached deck and lush backyard. Whether you’re grilling up steaks outside or sitting down to a big meal in the dining area, you’ll find plenty of space to get comfortable in this timeless entertaining space. Step down into the lower living space and you’ll find an entertainment-system-ready room, complete with a stunning brick fireplace.
In the upstairs master bedroom, a second pair of French doors open upon the upstairs deck, an ideal spot for reading the morning paper or a yoga session under the clouds. A built-in ceiling fan ensures added comfort throughout the summer months, and a large walk-in closet leaves plenty of space for even the largest wardrobes. Versatile finishes ensure you’ll be able to personalize the space to create your own home-sweet-home.
While the indoors offer comfort, the outdoors are where the excitement lies. This lush yard is fully fenced – the perfect roaming space for your furry friends. Two attached backyard decks create the ideal setting for lazy Sunday breakfasts or lively evening dinner parties. Transform them with some comfy outdoor furniture, a few flower baskets and a barbecue, and you’ll be ready to host weekend get-togethers all summer long. Just beneath the upstairs deck, you’ll find an outdoor hot tub, just waiting to warm you up and ease your tension away after a long day. Best of all, you can sleep well at night knowing you and your loved ones are protected by a built-in security system.
Living in Tacoma
At 6205 N 39th St, Tacoma 98407, you’ll come for the green space and stay for the city conveniences! Vassault Park and Truman Middle School are just blocks away, and only a few minutes in the car brings you to Point Defiance Park with it’s unparalleled views and charming zoo and aquarium. Hop onto Pearl St. (just blocks from the front door) and you can easily zip down to Safeway or to Highway 16, which connects you to Central and South Tacoma’s long list of shops, restaurants, and services. Either way, this location gives you easy access to wonderful places and spaces to enjoy year-round.
Comfort and convenience await in this wheelchair accessible rambler! Featuring a 1,449-square-foot layout that includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and inviting, open-concept living and entertaining spaces, this home is ready for you to move right on in. Timeless design makes it easy to transform each room with your own unique style, and features like hardwood floors and large windows just contribute to the welcoming atmosphere. Located at 2523 S Martin Luther King Jr. Way Tacoma, WA 98405 and wonderfully close to schools, commuting options, shops, restaurants, parks, hospitals and more, this Tacoma treasure is listed for $265,000.
Nestled in a residential area on a sidewalk-lined street, this rambler offers the opportunity to enjoy having your own property all while being just minutes from some of Tacoma’s best city conveniences. When you arrive home, a dedicated parking space in front waits for you, while a wheelchair accessible home design makes it as easy as possible to get around.
A bright and spacious open-concept living area welcomes you inside, offering the ideal setting for quiet relaxation or entertaining a crowd! Vaulted ceilings add to the open feel of it all, and a neutral, simple color palette offers versatility when it comes to decorating. The layout flows right into the large kitchen, a thoughtfully designed space that features ample cabinetry and counterspace, all with a view outside! Just around the corner, discover the formal dining room, an entertainer’s delight. Whether you’re hosting special occasions or holiday get-togethers, this haven is ready for gathering around delicious food with loved ones.
This residence’s layout includes 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, each offering privacy and versatility. A true master suite provides a sanctuary to retreat to, and a walk-in closet and full bath with a soaking tub are all in the mix. Have an extra bedroom? You might consider using it as an office, hobby room, or fitness center. With a truly dynamic layout, this turnkey residence offers the opportunity to cultivate your very own unique vision of home!
Even more versatile space awaits in this home’s huge backyard. Featuring a large deck that’s perfect for enjoying summertime barbecues on, this home’s outdoor setting is absolutely brimming with opportunity. A sprawling carpet of green grass has plenty of room for a play toy, raised garden beds, a patio, and anything else your heart desires!
Living in Tacoma
At 2523 S Martin Luther King Jr. Way Tacoma, WA 98405, you’re in the heart of Tacoma! For those who commute, Interstate-5 is just a 5-minute drive away, while the train station is just 6 minutes from home. Hop on the Sounder Train to commute to Seattle! Schools, hospitals, parks, shopping, restaurants, services, and more are all at your fingertips. Want to head to Downtown Tacoma? Pacific Avenue and all of its museums, boutiques, restaurants, and bars are less than a mile from home. Plus, you’re also close to bus lines, making it easier to navigate the city without a car.
Featuring gorgeous, stylishly updated spaces to enjoy both inside and out, this 3-bedroom, 0.75-bath rambler is ready for you to move right in and make it your own! A new roof, new siding, a sprinkler system and an oversized attached garage are just a few of this residence’s stand-out features. Thoughtfully upgraded with contemporary finishes and timeless details straight from the pages of a home design magazine, this 1,130-square-foot beauty is especially ready for entertaining. Located at 6212 N 49th St Tacoma WA 98407 and wonderfully close to the incredible Point Defiance Park and Point Ruston, this Tacoma treasure is listed for $325,000.
Nestled along a sidewalk-lined street and featuring neat landscaping, this haven is a joy to arrive home to. A beautiful walkway leads to the welcoming front porch, and once you step inside, this home does not disappoint! The light-filled formal living room shows off crisp wainscoting, and a stately fireplace only further elevates this sophisticated space. The open layout effortlessly flows into the dining room, an inviting scene perfect for enjoying meals among loved ones at.
A doorway framed in the same crisp white trim found throughout this home leads right into the kitchen, a masterpiece of elegance and efficiency. Shimmering granite countertops rest alongside new stainless steel appliances, and an intricate backsplash adds an element of modern flair.
This home’s bathroom features a matching backsplash, and pristine finishes add to the spa-inspired feel. Plus, radiant heated floors just add to the luxurious scene. Additionally, the 3 bedrooms ensure that loved ones each have their own private space to retreat to at the end of each day.
Similar to the pristine, stunning spaces inside, this home’s outdoor atmosphere offers a picturesque setting. The fully fenced yard includes a huge deck, and the lush lawn features a storybook water feature and a stone-accented fire pit. Imagine cooking up hot dogs for dinner over the fire, and then roasting marshmallows when the sun goes down! There’s also plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining on the huge, partially covered deck. In the covered area, a ceiling fan offers a breeze on extra-hot days. There’s ample space for a barbecue, a stylish set of patio furniture, and a couple of lounge chairs, ensuring that when the weather warms up, you have vacation-inspired amenities to enjoy right from the comfort of home sweet home!
Living in North Tacoma
At 6212 N 49th St Tacoma WA 98407, you’re located in an ideal North Tacoma location that’s close to parks, schools, restaurants, shopping, and so much more. Point Ruston is just 1 mile from home, making it easy to catch a movie at Cinemark Cinema Theaters, enjoy dinner out at WildFin, Farrelli’s Pizza, Mio Sushi, or one of several other restaurant options, go shopping, or hang out at the playground and spray park!
For even more adventure, head to Point Defiance Park, which is a short 2-minute drive from home. Here you can enjoy a long list of activities, including the Five Mile Drive, walking and biking trails, Owen Beach, and more. Of course, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a highlight, while other attractions like Fort Nisqually, the Rose Garden, and the ferry to Vashon are all in the mix as well.
Be Prepared – Tips to stay safe this winter
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Take These Steps to Prepare Your Home
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
- Winterize your home.
- Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
- Check your heating systems.
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Install smoke detectors. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
- Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
- Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
- Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms leave your home immediately.
Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
Work slowly when doing outside chores.
When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
Be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold and wet weather hazards.
Don’t Forget to Prepare Your Car
Get your car ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.
- Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
- Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
- cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries;
- food and water;
- booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
- compass and maps;
- flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
- first-aid kit; and
- plastic bags (for sanitation).
Prepare in Advance for Emergencies
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.
- Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
- Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
- When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
- Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
- Battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps;
- extra batteries;
- first-aid kit and extra medicine;
- baby items; and
- cat litter or sand for icy walkways.
- Protect your family from carbon monoxide.
- Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage.
- Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
- Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds, and call 911.
Take These Precautions Outdoors
Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:
- Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
- Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
- Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
- Work slowly when doing outside chores.
- Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
- Carry a cell phone.
Do This When You Plan to Travel
When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
- Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.
- If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival.
- Follow these safety rules if you become stranded in your car.
- Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, but continue to move arms and legs.
- Stay visible by putting bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running), and raising the hood when snow stops falling.
- Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour.
- Keep a downwind window open.
- Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked – this is VERY important!
Above all, be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.
No one can stop the onset of winter. However, if you follow these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it comes!
Happy holidays to you and your family!
Adapted from the CDC emergency page.
I am sharing Financial expert Ruth Hayden’s tips for staying on budget and how to have a happy and successful holiday season that won’t drain your bank accounts.
Control your spending, control your stress
When you feel you have control in an area of your life, your stress goes down and you can think clearly again, said Hayden.
When you control your spending, and don’t go overboard on gifts you can avoid that stress of impeding debt and bills.
That’s why it’s crucial to make a spending plan.
The dreaded budget, or spending plan
As un-jolly as it sounds, you need a spending plan to make it through the holidays and experience the new year without empty pockets.
You have to make a spending plan a positive experience.
“If it’s all about feeling deprived, feeling like you can’t show love, you won’t do it,” said Hayden.
If you set a limit for spending on the holidays, stay within that limit and get creative on other ways to show love you’ll have a more positive experience.
“(You) can go into January free, and clear and have a wonderful holiday.”
Ways to stick to that plan include setting aside money throughout the year and using that as your budget for presents, buying presents after Christmas for the following year and reminding yourself that the holidays aren’t just about presents.
Remember, it’s about the experience, not the gifts
Your niece probably won’t remember what you get her this year, but she will remember baking cookies with you, said Hayden.
Make sure that, instead of worrying about spending money you spend time with your loved ones.
“You start with the meaning, what do we want this season to be like,” said Hayden.
Practice, and you can have a successful budget all year
Use the holiday season as a practice budget.
Set up a spending plan to stick to this holiday season. If it’s successful, apply it to all aspects of your financial life.
“If you can do it with this holiday, honest to goodness, you can do it with anything,” said Hayden.