I asked readers on my blog to share their favorite tips for protecting their home and car in the winter. It’s amazing how many of you live in the ice and cold! I can honestly say I would never have thought to try Ranch Mommy’s genius tip.

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SHEETS ON THE WINDSHIELD. To make snow and ice removal easy, spread an old towel or sheet across your windshield and secure it in the car doors. In Wyoming, if something isn’t anchored down, the wind will take it away. Ranch Mommy, Wyoming

PASS DOWN FAMILY HISTORY. My children thought I was nuts when I kept so many of my parents’ things when they passed. But now, every Christmas they get a treasured item with a little note telling about its history and about that person’s life or childhood. June, EC Blog

AUTO PAY UNTIL DEBT-FREE. I’ve scheduled my credit card payments on auto pay for every Monday until June of this year. That’s how long it will take me to be debt-free. Doing this was so simple and I’ve already forgotten about it. Louise, EC Blog

UTILIZE THE FRIDGE WALLS. Do you know that the inside ceiling and walls of your refrigerator are magnetic? When I discovered this, I decided to use the walls to hang leftovers. I take a magnet from the front of my fridge and use it to secure a zip-type bag of leftovers on the inside wall of the fridge. I don’t forget the bag is there because it’s hanging right there when I open the door. Melanie, email

LUNCHTIME STOCKPILE. I pack lunches every morning for three teenagers and my husband. More often then not, I would get started and discover that the chips and snacks intended for lunches had already been eaten. So, I started packing “starter” lunch bags.

On my grocery shopping day I purchase enough chips, drink boxes and snacks for two weeks worth of lunches. I line all my brown paper bags up on the counter and drop a drink box, chip bag and snack into each bag. I put one week of lunch bags in a box in my pantry and the second week’s bags in an extra closet. To pack a lunch, I pull out the number of bags I need and add fruit and a sandwich to each. This has saved me a lot of time, money and frustration. My costs go down because the food is actually eaten for lunches as it was intended, and I am saved the frustration of madly looking in the fridge for lunch ingredients or the expense of giving everyone money to buy lunch. Evelyn, Colorado

LESS PUMP, MORE SOAP. Save on liquid pump soap by wrapping a rubber band repeatedly around the pump part and push it down. If you push all the way down, it will only pump about one drop of soap at a time, but that’s really all you need. It gives plenty of suds for washing and you just saved a lot of soap! NormaJean, EC Blog

Question: Do you have a favorite wintertime tip? Share it here.

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