7 hot tips to prepare your family for the cold winter

December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

As the weather turns frosty and the snow begins to fly, you may have the urge to hibernate. There is no question that the Canadian winter can be long, so my best advice is to bundle up and enjoy! But the high cost of outfitting the entire gang and preparing for this snowy season can really leave you out in the cold. With these tips you can get your family ready for winter, keep everyone warm and healthy…and your savings will snowball!

  • Bundle up and save. Have each child try on their winter coats, boots and other cold weather clothing to find out which items fit, can be handed down, or will be donated to charity. Make a list of the clothing you need, then go online to Flyerland.ca and shop the sales at stores like Sears, SportChek, Old Navy and Zellers.
  • Save on sports equipment. Preparing kids for winter sports like hockey, figure skating, skiing and snowboarding can be a slippery slope to overspending. Kids outgrow their equipment quickly, so try a trade-in program at a store like Play it Again Sports. The kids can have fun all winter long and you can save money.
  • Host a winter gear swap. If you have friends with children of different ages, organize a swap for winter clothing and other gear. Invite everyone over for an afternoon, and trade your gently used winter attire and sports items.
  • Wrap your family in warm comfort. Before the mercury dips take an inventory of your winter linens—from duvets and comforters to sheets and blankets. Donate old items to charity and check the Wal-Mart flyer on Flyerland.ca for deals on winter bedding to keep your family warm and cozy. 
  • Clear out the medicine cabinet. Check the expiry dates on all of last year’s cold and flu remedies in your medicine cabinet, and throw away any out of date items. If you can’t find the expiry date, remember that when in doubt, throw it out! Make a list of the medicines you need to replace.
  • Stock up on cold remedies. When your kids get sick in the middle of the night, you want to have all the cold and flu medicine you need on hand to help them feel better fast. Visit Flyerland.ca and check out the Rexall Pharma Plus flyer for their regular Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) sales so you can stock up when the items you know you’ll need.
  • Seek Advice.  For everything from cold remedies, chicken soup recipes and questions you should ask your orthodontist, Canadian magazines like Today’s Parent on Flyerland.ca have you covered. Getting to know the inside tips and tricks and ensure that you and your family stay healthy over the cold winter months.
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