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Baby, it's cold outside!

January 6th, 2014 at 09:16 pm

I live in Central Illinois. We had a snowstorm yesterday and like much of the country, we have extremely cold temperatures. Wind chills are in double digit negative numbers. Brrrr!

Friday night and Saturday were interesting in our city; people posted photos of the run at grocery stores. I guess many of them ran out of things on the shelves.

Yesterday was my birthday and we originally had planned on going out for pizza with some friends. We changed our plans with the blowing snow, cold temps, and terrible conditions. Since I had anticipated going out, I didn't purchase buns at Aldi for our normal Sunday night sloppy chicks. We had them, but I had no buns, so I baked bread yesterday. I baked small round loaves that after cooling, we sliced for buns. Not too bad and certainly pretty reasonable money wise. I did not plan on hitting the stores Friday night or Saturday just for a package of buns! We had been watching the weather and did our grocery shopping Thursday since I'm off from school.

I imagine most of you have stuff in reserve in your pantry and freezer. I know we do. We eventually would need to replenish some things, but DH was talking last night about how we didn't have to brave the craziness at the grocery stores. I like to find things on sale and stock up.

We are going to pay someone to plow out our driveway. I'm sorry, with over 8 inches of snow received, and then drifting, I am not going to shovel in weather with wind chills of -35. The hospital bill will be more than what we pay the guy to plow our driveway. Maybe that's a weird way of looking at it, but I know it will make me sick if I get out there with my asthma. DH has a little heart condition that we don't want to make worse so I don't want him out in it either plus he froze his lungs a couple of years ago and can't handle extreme cold like he used to.

Hope everyone is warm and safe.

9 Responses to “Baby, it's cold outside!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Very wise to pay for shoveling. Sometimes it really is worth the money and you are helping someone make an income (I have relatives who plow snow). I went shopping early Saturday for the whole week. It wasn't crowded at that time, but we are all set so we can stay in our toasty warm home.

  2. Carol Says:

    Don't apologize for hiring the snow plowing; you are using good judgement. That is the right thing to do!

  3. Carol Says:

    Whoops, forgot to say "Happy Birthday!"

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    My child likes to earn money shoveling snow. Sadly, he lives in the continental sliver west of the Cascades where snow lasts for six hours on average.

    I feel for the people of the Frozen States who have animals that must be walked daily, and for the people who cannot attain normal warm temperatures without a giant spike on their fixed incomes.

    Happy Birthday!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Happy Birthday!

  6. snafu Says:

    Happy Birthday, wishing Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year. Smart to hire out snow clearing as that is a serious task and certainly not a frivolous expense.

  7. marvholly Says:

    I'm in metro Chicago so even colder than you. I was last out on 1/4 and have NO plans to go out again befoe the end of the week.

    I am beginning to get cabin fever with all this snow & cold.

    Happy bday.

  8. PNW Mom Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Stay warm!

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes!

    The guy did come and plow our driveway, shovel our front walk, and even shoveled around to the side door of the garage. Thank you for the validation of this expense. We went out for a bit today and it is above zero temperature wise and I was so cold after that...can't imagine trying to shovel yesterday. Hope everyone else is safe and warm!

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