It's hard to think of winter when we in the midst of an extreme heat wave right now, but why wait until the last moment to prepare for looks like another expensive winter. I had an idea to get everyone to pitch in any ideas they might have and pass them along. There are the normal ideas about caulking windows and doors etc, but real savy homesteaders know how to get through winter without breaking the bank. I'll start and give this tip. If you have drafty windows but the thought of covering them with plastic and possibly blocking the view doesn't appeal to you, buy clear shower curtains and rings and hang them on the same pole but behind your curtains. The shower curtain will turn your curtains into insulated curtains, keep the drafts out and not block your view. If you buy the heavy shower curtains with the metal gromets you can use them again next year.