Living more sustainably means needing less stuff, and it also means letting go of stuff you aren´t using, so I put an electric fire, a hair dryer and a straightener up on adverts and reclaimed €150 of their value. So there is the money back I get as a saving as well as the savings from not buying things as flippantly any more!
I never considered make-up a huge expense...because I never bought a lot of it(that is my full collection shown). But I was considering getting a new foundation as the one I have is almost empty (the first of my pre 2016 supply to run out) and have decided against it...and to wean myself off makeup instead...I am not sure how this will work interms of using up what I have got as foundation is a pretty basic component...but I will see how I get on!
I haven't been wearing much makeup since I stopped wearing it to work in 2014, which explains the delay in it running out and also means I won't miss it too much!
I am a bit nervous though...especially about mascara!
I haven´t been blogging too much lately because I am not really aware of the little things that I am doing to be more environmentally friendly that also end up saving me money. But someone was talking about cleaning products on Facebook today and it made me think. Apparently the average person spends €300 a year on cleaning products. I spend a lot less. Some of it is savings from buying in bulk. 10kg or dishwasher powder or laundry detergent while it is a big outlay in one go saves you in the long run. But most of the savings are because I am not buying lots of different products and instead using a few more versatile ones. Mainly vinegar (A 5l container that I have been sharing with my parents and is still lasting ages), baking soda, Dr Bronners soap (I think I am still only on my 3rd bar after over a year) and the recent addition of citric acid (a jam jar full of which I picked up for €1.
In the kitchen I use baking soda to clean the oven and anything that gets burnt onto the hob. I wipe down surfaces just with a damp cloth and I use the bar soap for dish washing (or powder if I am using the dishwasher) and washing the floor.
In the bathroom I use apple scrap vinegar for cleaning the shower glass and mirror and alternate baking soda and vinegar for everything else, occasionally using bar soap. I got the citric acid to try and shift an unsightly limescale stain that is hard to reach.
For the rest of the house it is mainly hoovering and dusting and no extra bottles of chemicals are needed.
Laundry as mentioned above is done with bulk powder, but in this case I think the eco brand works out more expensive...I am happy enough to let it balance out because all in all it is working out much cheaper for me overall.
When I started this blog I was on quite a tight budget, I was on carers allowance and C was looking for work. Our monthly budget was €750 a month after rent.