For the last few years you can say as a family we’ve lived quite frivolously. We’ve not had to count our pennies, we’ve taken days out when we wanted and the children have been lucky to have plenty of toys and clothes spilling out of their rooms. However whilst we are still very fortunate,we have realised how much money we have been wasting and have decided to take stock and try and reign some of it in.
This has started by balancing the books, so to speak, setting ourselves a budget and sticking to it. Every week I go through our online bank statements and add them into a spreadsheet which forecasts our money for the next year, should we stick to our spendings. It is really satisfying to check in each week and see how well we are doing, it makes all the scrimping worth it.
I thought I would share some tips I have found useful for not only your bank balance, but also some eco-friendly tips for your home that will make a difference at the same time.
In The Garden
One thing I’ve been considering for me time is whether or not to have a comport heap. We don’t have a huge garden so there isn’t a ton of room, but I’ve been looking into compost bins, and it is something I really want to put into practice in the next couple of years. We throw away so much food waste that could be reused. This post has some great tips for beginners to the composting world.
Go LED. Whilst it can be an expensive outlay initially, you and the earth will save in the long run. After some research I found that you can save up to £240 a year using LED bulbs which definitely makes a difference to me.
Into The Living Room
Over the years I have done lots of upcycling in our homes – from a large unit to old fruit crates, I love bringing old furniture to life. This is also a great idea to restore your old pieces without going out and splurging on new ones, plus think of the . Here is a great post on how to distress old furniture using vinegar – easy and cheap!
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