You might remember me saying in the last post about how we had bought plenty of tubs and Tupperware to help keep food fresher for longer. This for me has been one of the best changes we’ve made. We’ve seriously reduced our food waste and it has also made us so much more organised and healthier. These days we always have prepared melon in the fridge which is easier for the boys to snack on rather than unhealthy crisps. Ben has even been preparing his lunch every evening, meaning it’s saved us even more money as he’s not eating and spending at the work.
The food planning has also meant we save money on our weekly food shop. We used to spend £100 a week on food for our family of six and these last couple of months we’ve cut that down to £70. We’ve made this saving by buying in bulk and storing the food for longer.
Another aim we had during this project was to save on energy. We have oil central heating and to help us not go throw so much oil we decided to try make the living room feel more warmer. We bought lamps, throws, and curtains and this definitely helped not only warm the place up, but by making it a nicer room to relax in. It’s even had an affect on our heating bills. The 6 month period before we started our live lagom project we spent £249 on oil, the 6 months during the project we’ve only spent £197, and we still haven’t needed to top up!
We’ve also made an effort to turn lights, tv’s, etc off when they aren’t being used. This has made quite a difference on our electric bill. I wasn’t really expecting it to result in anything but after giving an up to date reading last month, it turns out we were £40 in credit! They’ve updated our bill and now we’re paying £10 less a month!
Another area that we’ve made a big difference with, is our recycled waste. Since buying our recycling bins it has been much easier to get all the kids into putting the right recycling items in the correct bins. Morgan especially has taken it on himself as his chore to take the bins out for the bin men. He makes sure he does an inspection before taking them then ensure everyone has put the items in the right bins. It is lovely to see him taking an interest and has even started to read books on the environment.
Even though the project is coming to the end it’s definitely not the end for us. We plan to continue living this way but hopefully take it another step. I’ve loved reading posts where those taking part have started growing their own fruit and veg. I definitely want to try this. I love the idea of growing our own salad!
I have to say I’m really sad the project is coming to an end. I didn’t think it would make such a difference for us and actually save us so much money! I’ve really enjoyed everything and loved reading how everyone else has been getting along and even learning things from them. There have been some get articles shared in the facebook group and I hope it continues. The best part about the Live Lagom project, is knowing you are making a difference no matter how small, at least it is something! I couldn’t recommend people enough to take part!
One final note, I want to say thank you to Ikea for picking me to take part, I’ve loved it! AND a big thank you to Kerry from the Nottingham store for your help and guidance