I finished the Live LAGOM project now and although I’m finished with working with ikea, I will still be adopting the lifestyle. In my last post I talked about what had changed and how it saved my money. For example, I’d snuggle on the sofa and get a hot water bottle then turn on the heating. I’d use my lamps to read before bed then keeping the big light on. These small changes massively affected my bills. My gas bill came down from £34 a month to £20. My electric bill came down from £25 to £19. Over a year that would save me £240 that I otherwise would not of had. It’s such a big difference for little changes. Even though my bills have been reduced I spoke to British Gas and I already pay a lot less but still was due back £70 so I saved a lot more than I thought.
I also wanted to reduce food waste. I used the Live LAGOM way and also had a hand from Jamie Oliver’s Save With Jamie recipe book. I got a blackboard for the kitchen to plan the meals for the week ahead and then I knew exactly what to buy from the shop and not just pick up random things then need to keep nipping out for more items. I have started to freeze more food if I’m not going to use it and if there are left overs, I take them to work the next day for lunch or put them in my ikea freezer bags and keep them handy for when I’m on a late shift. Again, I’ve made small lifestyle changes and these have saved me £60 a month on my shopping. I’m eating healthier and over a year that would save me £720.
So overall it would save me about £1030 over a year. Which just under an average monthly wage. So you could technically save a whole month of money. It’s really easy to adopt the lifestyle and can save you real money and make you live a more sustainable life while not really even trying. A few simple changes.
Do you live a more sustainable life? What do you do? Let me know in the comments below.