From cooking and cleaning to shopping and planning, Christmas can be a busy holiday. This year, save yourself time and money with these easy Christmas hacks from Gossett Kia.
Reuse what you already have
Don’t run out to the store just yet: you probably have plenty of items around the house already that make perfect Christmas decorations. For instance, your leftover Halloween pumpkins make great snowmen with a bit of paint, and your Christmas tree clippings are perfect for festive centerpieces at the table.
Egg carton ornament storage
As Christmas approaches this year, consider hanging on to your egg cartons to make stowing your fragile Christmas ornaments easier than ever before. Wrapping ornaments in paper is a chore and doesn’t offer that much protection anyway, so use this hack and never break an ornament again.
Fill out Christmas tree with leftover tinsel
If your Christmas tree looks a little sad and skinny all set up in the living room, don’t fret! If you have some basic green tinsel, you can quickly fill in the gaps for a healthier-looking tree. Try it out: we bet no one will be able to tell once the lights and ornaments are up!
If Christmas morning is quickly approaching and you’re still not quite done with holiday preparations, use these awesome Christmas hacks and take a shortcut to the best Christmas ever!
Tire rotation is one of those things that are easy to do at home if you have the right tools—in this case, a jack and a socket wrench. Plus, it makes your tires last a lot longer. You could take your car to a mechanic to do it, but why drop the cash if you don’t have to? Follow these tips on how to rotate tires and you’ll have the task done in no time.
When you rotate your tires, you first have to determine whether you have directional or non-directional tires. Directional tires have a tread pattern that has to go a certain direction, while non-directional tires can go either way. If the tires are directional, they’ll be marked with an arrow on the sidewall.
If you have directional tires, just switch them front to back; front right switches with back right, while front left switches with back left. With non-directional, you can cross them over—put the front left on the back right and the front right on the back left (and vice versa).
From here, you just need to know how to change a tire, and make sure you keep careful track of which tire is which!
Looking to save energy this season? As the temperatures drop, it’s more tempting than ever to bring up the heat – but that will have serious implications when you get your first energy bill!
Check out these winter money saving tips to monitor your spending this season:
- Turn your thermostat down to somewhere around 68 degrees.
- Reduce the length of those extra hot showers, and/or lower your shower temperature.
- Make sure there are no leaks in your home, likely around doors and windows, letting our precious warm air.
- Turn down your maximum water heat, so that your dishwasher won’t sneakily eat up your energy bill.
- And whenever you go on long weekends–or if there are times during the day when you know that no one will be home–turn the thermostat down even further!
For more winter tips, or to explore our wide variety of vehicles fully-equipped for winter roads, visit us at Gossett Kia.