Sustainable living

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So we are coming to the end of the LiveLagom project and it is just the beginning of a new way of living for me and the kids.

My focus has been to live a healthier life cutting down on my food waste and cutting down on my expenses and have I achieved it I have achieved it and a lot more.

As a busy single mother food needs to be healthy but also fast and I don’t want to waste any food as money is tight now. So what have I done to achieve this well I make bigger portions then freeZe half for another night, and leftovers goes into a lunchbox for my lunch the next day or for the kids. Any fruit of veg going off I blitz to make a juice or freeze for another time, I always scoop up all the reduced items in the supermarket, trying to eat less meat and bulk meals up with grains, pulses and lots of green veg.

The next stage for me is to become more self sufficient and grow my own so I am going to invest in hydroponics to grow my own lettuce, a greenhouse to grow tomatoes, peppers and strawberries and a veg patch to grow carrots, parsnips, peas and potatoes this will cut costs, packaging and provide fresh long lasting veg.

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My waste has reduced with my grey bin being collected after 5 weeks mainly nappies if you want to cut this down an option is the #nappylibrary who use plastic pants with an inner towel that can be washed I’m at the stage of potty training so my rubbish bin will probably be needing collected every couple of months how amazing if everyone could achieve this.

My bills have all pretty much halved my electricity a year ago was £120 a month now under £50 that’s a yearly saving of £840 a year I still have more savings to be made when I change all light bulbs to LED light bulbs and change supplier, my heating I would have filled up 3 times a year at about £500 total £1500 now it has halved to £750 for a year although the drop in oil prices will have helped but also because I have turned thermostats down, turned radiators off in rooms I don’t use and had boiler serviced. My groceries I used to spend an everage of £100-£120 a week now I have it down to £50-£65 a week so yearly saving of £2400.

So total saving of £3990 enough for some furniture, car, holiday or to clear some debts. I also spend more time outside with kids at parks, forest parks and beach and take picnics cutting down on cost of days out and also benefitting from a healthier body and mind and appreciating nature.

This is a journey I have begun and intend to continue until I become as sustainable as I possibly can and taking my kinds along with me in the hope they will follow the same lifestyle, there are many more things to doscover and money to be saved and I will continue to do so through my blog thanks to IKEA for letting me be a part of this project, supplying me with the tools and inspiration I needed to start this journey.

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