Ways To Winterize Your Home, Car and Finances

Snowy windshield
Winter is upon us and that means it's time brace ourselves for the coldest time of the year. Here are 3 ways to keep up with the season and make sure your home, car, and financials are ready for the winter months ahead.

1. Winterize your home by checking all your windows and doors.
Avoid a drafty home this winter by making sure all your windows and doors are locked tight. Keeping them locked creates a tighter seal and keeps the warm air in, decreasing energy loss. If you find that your doors are creating a draft, put a door sweep in front of them. This will help prevent any snow or rain from getting in and will save on energy costs. Using window plastic and weatherstripping from your local hardware store are also great ways to avoid leaks in your home and in your wallet.

2. Winterize your car by refilling or replacing all the fluids.
A great way to winterize your car is by checking the fluid levels. It's important to have the correct antifreeze/water mixture to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator. To keep your engine running properly, it is recommended to switch to a thinner oil if you live in a below freezing climate. We also suggest using freeze-resistant wiper fluid to keep your windshield clean and clear.

3. Winterize your finances by thinking about your investments.
This is the time of year that your investments, such as mutual funds, may make year-end distributions. Unfortunately, some of these distributions can have tax consequences, so it's best to find out how much the potential distribution will be, and what the best plan is for you moving forward. This is also a great time of year to check in with your financial advisor to review your current progress and savings goals for the New Year.

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