Saturday, October 15

5 Things I've Learnt Living Alone


I bloomin' love living on my own. It's honestly the best thing that has happened to me this year. However, I have learnt some real home truths about what it actually means to be by myself. So, here goes!

1) Fearing the post.
When I lived at home, I had this weird excited buzz whenever I had post or letters addressed to me. It was always likely to be a nice card of some description, a PR gift/package or some coupons for shops (my favourite, no shame). Now, it's bills, reminders for upcoming bills, credit card statements and well, more bills. NO. I almost fear opening the door when I get home. If there is post, I scan the outside as quickly as possible to pre-empt which company or what type of letter it might be. Ah, adult life. Please someone tell me I'm not alone here.

2) Who needs heating?
Although I think I'm fairly good with my finances, I'm the first to admit that my priorities aren't straight when it comes to WHERE I'm investing my dollar. I'm happy to spend £20 on Disney Christmas Baubles for my Christmas tree (EEEKKKKK!!) but £20 on heating? Nahh mate. I want to keep those bills LOW. I just can't justify heating when I can wrap up in a onesie and blankets. Since living alone, I've discovered a few tricks of the trade. I cook dinner, and then I LEAVE THE OVEN OPEN. Win. Or, I blast my hairdryer down my hoodie. Once again, please say I'm not alone here!

3) Two words: messy slob.
I'm sure not everyone becomes a messy slob when they live on their own however, I'm guilty of being a bit lazy now no one is nagging me. I'm a pretty clean person generally; I like having things in order, and I like living in a tidy environment however, life gets in the way sometimes and well...NOPE, no excuse, I just leave my clothes on the floor sometimes and let the dishes and washing pile up. Because I can. And no one is moaning at me to do it anymore. So I am taking full advantage of doing what I want, when I want. Which also means deciding when I clean. (Probably should be better)

4) Waitrose = no way.
I try and keep my spending and bills low where I can (says the girl who is planning a drunken night out in London next weekend...once again, priorities), but one thing I really dislike spending my money on, is food...unless I'm going out for a meal or ordering Deliveroo. Obviously I can't avoid buying food, so my go-to supermarket is now Lidl or Aldi. I am honestly still so surprised how much cheaper I can eat for, in comparison to somewhere like Waitrose. My family might still shop there but gone are the days my dinner is M&S finest. Na ah.

5) Neighbours are...nice?
I had this really odd perception that my neighbours would be a nightmare. I was expecting to hear voices, music and banging of beds against the wall (eurgh), but I got really lucky and I haven't had any of that. I can't hear anyone. Ever. I have neighbours next to both sides of me, above and below, yet I am probably the noisiest with vlogging and blasting Beyoncé at 7am. One even bought me a bottle of wine when I moved in, and another gifted a punnet of fresh strawberries in the summer. Super welcoming, and makes me feel a bit safer.

Let me know if any of these sound like you too!


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  1. See, I have to disagree with Waitrose. I find it by far the cheapest place to shop reguarly - as long as I stock up with rice/pasta/beans then Waitrose is definitely cheaper for fresh stuff!

    Your tip about leaving the oven door open is genius, definitely going to use that one! x

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    1. Do you reckon!? I think my problem is I do my whole shop in one place and I end up spending a fortune in there :(

      Let me know how it goes, haha! xx

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    2. Don't worry about Living on your own - I've been doing it for about 15 - 20 odd years now, to answer your 5 home truths...
      1. Fearing the post.
      Don't fear about opening your door to letter on your door mat when you get home, if you have a full time job then do as I do, put your bill on Direct Debit on your bank account, so that they come & go & you don't have to worry about then b/c you know that they have already been pay by D. D. from your bank account & no your not alone there, b/c you can usually tell who the letter is from by either company name or address on the outside of the envelope!!!
      2.Who needs heating?
      You do, that's who - That's not good - leaving your oven door open - your food WILL take longer to cook there by wasting energy/money, your oven is for cooking food with not heating your room!!! Nor do I think blasting your hair dryer down your hoodie is a good idea b/c you could end up burning yourself & you don't want that!!! Yes you are alone on that but don't do that as I said why
      3.Two words: messy slob.
      I'm not a messy slob - I'm with you there - I can do what I want - when I want - how I want!!! Get yourself a big basket to put your dirty cloths into so they don't end up all over the floor but instead in the basket - make it easier to carry it all to the washing machine instead of picking it up off the floor!!!
      4) Waitrose = no way.
      well I shop @ Sainsburys & remember you have got to eat, so you have to buy food if you like it or not!!! Make sure you eat healthy as well like buying fruit, veg & salads (ok so I am a Veggie) also I am a big fan of CHOCOLATE - Yum Yum, so every time I go to S'burys I have to buy at least 2 or 3 things which contain Chocolate!!! But I do a lot of bike riding so I do burn off then Calories!!! (Oh b.t.w I used to live in Hemel Hempstead & I used to spend £30 a week in S'burys - now about 7 yrs ago I moved to Derbyshire (to be close to family) & now I found myself spending between £40 & £80 @ Sainsburys!!! & I don't know what on - may be the prices have gone up perhaps???)
      5) Neighbours are...nice?
      Well I have the best Neighbours ever on both sides - why b/c both Neighbours use there house next to me as their 2nd home which mean that they are hardly never there, so I can be noisy most of the time knowing that there is no 1 next door to complain!!!

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    3. Hi James, don't worry, this post is just a light hearted take on thoughts I've had. I obviously do put my heating on, I'm only being saracastic and I only leave the oven door open AFTER I've cooked, it works a treat actually!! Xx

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  2. You can get some many delicious staples from Aldi and Lidl. I won't like I do like to indulge a little bit on a few brand things but the bulk of 'everyday' essentials, you really cannot go wrong.

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    1. Yes couldn't agree more! I need proper coco pops and PG tips still definitely. x

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  3. hahah loved this, so true about fearing the post, it takes me a few days to open mine now just in case I'm in trouble hehe! xx

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  4. I've just moved back in with my parents after uni and I have to say I miss so much of this! You're so right about the slob thing omg, but who can blame you? You're lucky you have nice neighbours too!

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    1. Aww, are you planning on your own place again? Exactly! It's always tidy by the end of the week again, ahah. I am indeed! x

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  5. Haha, I do the oven door trick. Make sure you keep all doors closed too - with all electrical items in one room it soon adds a bit of warmth! The hairdryer made me chuckle! x

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  6. Big fan of the oven door trick. Lighting a few tea lights in one room can make it surprisingly warmer too x

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    1. Oooh good shout, I will start lighting my 40000 candles I have! xx

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  7. Absolutly an aldi shopper since moving out. If I can get my food shop at £25 a week I damn well will.
    Although I like being cosy so afraid the heating is on. But love your idea about the oven x

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    1. I'm with you Claire! I've caved and have a timer on...for now. Might invest in a heated blanket though! xx

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  8. I agree Lidls for the win. I shop there every month...so much cheaper then other supermarkets! I would normally agree with you about the heating...but I've just had a baby so the main priority is keeping her warm! :) xxx

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  9. Hahaha number one and two is defo for me! I hate when I see post when I get home I know it's going to be a bill, a reminder etc! And who needs heating...! Lolz great post!

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  10. I know that feeling, I'm back at the mother's between leaving one job and moving away for another so I'm loving that the bills that come through the door aren't addressed to me anymore and my post is fun again for a while! I got obsessed with candles, my onesie and hot water bottles over winter last year, definitely kept me toasty warm even when it snowed.

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  11. I'm hoping to move to my own flat in the new year and there's an Aldi nearby so I might take a leaf out of my sister's book (she lived with some friends round the back of an Aldi store) and consider shopping there more often. As for Waitrose and M&S they have cheaper yet good quality ranges caled Waitrose Essentials and Simply M&S respectively. Even if I do move I will try to keep my flat tidy, especially if it will be in a block with on-site support staff and I will be letting them in my flat every so often. As for bills they should be included in my rent that I will get housing benefit for.

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  12. I'm exactly the same when it comes to heating - I'll happily pay £30 for a meal out but not to keep myself warm! It's fair to say in the winter months I wash my hair loads so I can warm myself up with the hairdryer, haha.


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