I was so happy when my roommate and I went shopping and saw our favorite home goods store had finally restocked for fall. It’s been getting really chilly in the air, and she and I are trying our best not to touch that thermostat. The two of us just had our oil tank filled for the long winter ahead, and we’re determined not to turn on the heat for anything less than below freezing temperatures, or a blizzard. However, the cold rainy weather has made it feel positively raw. We’ve tried taking hot baths, but even those we need to do in moderation. Our oil boiler heats both the house we rent and the hot water we use. If she and I want to get through the worst of the winter before filling the tanks for the oil heater once again, we need to be cautious with the hot water too. Fortunately, she and I found a great budget-friendly way of doing so–heated blankets! Since neither of us have the money for a space heater at the moment (though we put specific models on Christmas lists to our parents) a heated blanket is a great way to keep warm without turning on the oil heater. I remember my mom used to warn my heated blankets were dangerous, but they’ve actually gotten a lot safer over the years. The one we bought even has a timer. So, if one of us falls asleep on the couch, the heated blanket will shut itself off. I’m hopeful the heated blanket will keep us nice and toasty, and save us money on the oil heater in the long run. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Santa will bring one of us a space heater this year too.