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Winter Fun

Shel Horowitz's Monthly Frugal Fun Tip -- Vol. 5, #8 (December, 2001)

This month's tip is about simple, free outdoor fun for winter--but before we get there, I'm gong to give you the New at Frugal Fun section--because there's a lot of extraordinary new content I really want to highlight. And, since I often get questions about it, I've added a line explaining our ad policy in the "About This Tipsheet" section. And a special bonus: How to opt out of ad tracking cookies! Also, as an experiment, I'm shifting publication from the first of the month to the 4th or 5th--so as not to compete with the gazillion others published on the first. Feedback is welcome.



We're now over 500 articles on the website! Including, incidentally, most of the original 40 pages that I first put up in 1996.

Down to Business The new sustainability section is up, with a few very important articles. Even if you never read about business, I suggest you read the article about Amory Lovins. Anyone who is concerned at all about the environment and use of resources, or frugality, or how to lower the cost of doing business, should read it. Also in that section: a companion piece about John Todd, looking at similar issues from an agricultural and water pollution control perspective. And there's an article by actor and conservationist Robert Redford. Expect this section to grow rapidly. I am convinced that spreading this message is part of why I am on this Earth.



Bundle up properly and spend some time outdoors almost every day. The human body needs sunlight, and by getting out, you're a lot less likely to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. You'll want to keep your outside trips short and manageable so you don't get chilled--but you DO want to be out.

* Keep hiking! The woods in the winter have a strange, ethereal beauty. The songbirds and many of the other animals are gone, so it really is quiet--and that makes you really appreciate the flash of color as a bluejay zips by. The light on a sunny day has a richness, especially as it interplays with a stand of white birch; with no leaves on most of the trees, the light can penetrate much deeper.

* Once there's a snow cover, you're never too old to go sledding. Plastic sleds are very cheap, and if you're too frugal for that, find a nice, sturdy trash can lid.

* Window shop in town--and reward yourself afterward with a hot drink at you favorite cafe.

* Go caroling with a group of friends. It doesn't have to be Christmas songs, either. Go house to house singing folk or pop or country songs

* On a clear night, find a dark place and spend a few minutes star- watching

* Here's one of our holiday traditions. With four of us, we light four different Chanukah menorahs and put them in different windows. then we climb into our coats and circle around the house singing Chanukah songs



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