The cold has hit hard this week and the expectation of record cold in various regions of the country contributes to increasing appetite and, consequently, also rising monthly expenses with food and even with the electricity bill, which is already sky high.
Specialists consulted by Dinheiro give tips so that you have a balanced diet, hydrated skin and how to make the winter not weigh so much on your pocket.
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1) In winter we feel hungrier
According to Weight Watchers, as temperatures drop, the body needs more energy to generate heat and maintain proper body temperature. As our energy comes from what we eat, the body sends out signals to increase hunger.
Tip: research and invest in soups
The first tip is to empty cupboards and refrigerators, vegetables and vegetables can make a nice soup, while grains such as beans and chickpeas can be used for broths, as the cook Ana Portela teaches. In addition, you can make porridges and creams to enjoy the coldest days.
But if you have to go to the supermarket to restock the pantry, the tip is to research. With this cold, going after the best price may not be the best alternative. So, search online and go straight to the address that has the best values. It’s also important to make a shopping list and avoid going to the supermarket hungry – we usually buy what we don’t need when we’re hungry.
2) Food prices go up
In winter, food prices tend to rise, as the crop is hampered by low temperatures. Vegetables, vegetables and legumes tend to have the greatest impact.
Tip: Replace the more expensive options
At the grocery store, the tip is to try to get seasonal foods, which are always cheaper. During this period, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, yams, cassava and corn, for example, are good options.
3) You will consume more electricity
With increasing cold, people seek to be more protected. As a result, the consumption of home appliances to keep warm is greater. “The dark, cloudy weather makes the consumer use the lights on more, increasing even more the energy bill, which has been suffering readjustments on top of readjustments”, says the financial consultant Enzo Ribeiro.
Tip: Knowing how to use is knowing how to save
A determining factor for the increase in energy is also related to the fact that consumers use older appliances, which consume more energy. “The ideal is to replace these appliances, as well as change the light bulbs to LED, take advantage of natural light, presence sensors, schedule ironing once a week.”
The iron and the washing machine use a lot of energy, accumulating clothes you save, as you will use the appliances only once, “Turn off electronic devices instead of leaving them on stand by, the savings reach up to 12% on the bill of light. These are some strategies, which will consequently provide greater savings for the consumer”, advises the consultant.
4) You will have more expenses with pharmacies and perfumes
In winter it is common to increase the use of remedies for runny nose, colds and other diseases typical of the season. Dermatologist Alice Jaruche highlights that it is also important to pay attention to skin hydration. With winter, especially in the pandemic with people more at home, there was an increase in the consumption of skin and hair care products, but the priority in winter has to be skin hydration.
Tip: prevention is better than cure
The first step is not to degrease the skin, taking a cold to a warm bath and not to overdo it in a very hot bath. Do not use excess soap and much less sponges. Invest in bath oil to moisturize your skin. Right after the bath, hydration can be done with moisturizing creams or specific oils. It is also important to pay attention to the hydration of the hands that have been suffering from alcohol use and hand hygiene.
“At this time it is common for dry skin to cause itchiness and irritability, and the person believes they have an allergy, but simple measures such as hydration and colder baths can reduce this feeling. If there is an allergy to clothes, which have been sitting in the closet for a long time, doctors can guide some kind of remedy”, says the dermatologist.
5) Drinks most consumed at this time are more expensive
If your intention is to accompany meals with typical winter drinks – such as red wines, or appetizers, such as Bourbons, cognacs, among others – it is good to prepare your pocket. In addition to being more expensive than a refreshing beer, these drinks prices tend to increase at this time.
Tip: promotions are opportunities
To try to escape the rise in prices, the expert tip is to keep an eye on promotions, supermarkets, wineries and even importers usually have good labels on sale.
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