Here's my list:
- Have furnaces checked and change the filter.
- Clean out coat closets. Check sizes, wear and so on, to see what needs to be replaced before cold weather.
- Have the car tuned up and ready for cold weather driving. Make sure the tires are ok for ice and/or snow.
- Tend the harvest. Can, dehydrate and freeze produce that is cheap (or free, from the garden) right now for frugal winter eating.
- Take a look at window casings and doors and make any repairs that are needed. Replace caulking, tighten hinges, install weather stripping.
- Take advantage of sales on garden tools, paper, pens, pencils and fresh root vegetables.
- Look to nature to provide decorations and inspiration for the house. Everything from river rock to dramatic "weeds" can be, and has been, used creatively.
There's a lot more than can be added to that, but that covers the basics for me and I'm tired just looking at it!
Every season has its changes and challenges and we do well to meet them ahead of time to avoid last minute purchases and actions that may or may not be frugal. This year seems to be even more intense in its "get ready!" feeling. It may just be me... but it may not be. Don't let the winter catch you unprepared.