We got two new "hot" things recently and I wanted to share.
We got an air popcorn popper. It's not only way cheaper to avoid microwave popcorn, but it's healthier too. This air popper was only $20.
We also got a pellet stove! We only had a heat pump before this, and we were getting slammed with high electric bills. We figured we'd get a pellet stove for the basement and see how it did heating the house. The stove puts off a good bit of heat, so the basement is nice and warm. It's not quite as warm as we'd hoped upstairs, but I think having it is better than not having it!
I really like that it looks like a woodstove and smells like a woodstove. Our first choice was to go with a woodstove, but we couldn't afford to fix our chimney or put in a new one, so we went with the pellet stove.
We're working on getting our basement tidied up so we can use it as an actual living space instead of a catch-all room! I'll post more pictures as we progress.