Saving money while sick is never a priority, but a little prep early in the season can help get you back on the road to wellness with ease. Let’s face it, we all crave the same things when we come down with a cold: tissues, cough medicine, and homemade chicken noodle soup. Why not get a head start on the game by assembling your arsenal of supplies early? Think of it as taking care of yourself and don’t forget to thank yourself later!
Step One: Skip the paper tissues
No matter how many lotions or elixirs soften and moisten tissues, they will never be as gentle as cloth. Make a few hankies now out of flannel or cotton and your nose will be grateful. Simply cut tissue sized squares with pinking shears for a finished edge and keep a handy basket to discard them. Laundering in hot water with a gentle soap is easier and cheaper than shopping for tissues every week!
Step Two: Buy Meds Early
If you know you’ll want medicine to get through the dark days, pick up a bottle the next time it’s on sale. Grab your Vitamin C, Sprite, and Vapo-Rub while you’re at it. Who wants to run to the store with a cold anyway?
Step 3: Hydrate
Water is nature’s best remedy for everything. If you’re not already drinking 8 glasses a day, start with 5 and add a glass each week. Instant savings from swapping from a pricier drink to water is a bonus.
Step 4: Thoroughly Wash Hands
Those foamy soap bottles work great for getting more bang for your buck if you reuse them. Simply refill with 1 part soap to 5 parts water and they will last forever!
The most important thing is to stay home as much as possible. Not only does your body need rest, but there’s no need to infect others. I’m wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, Holiday season!