There’s a saying that it’s the little things that make the difference, and I completely agree.
Recently when my preferred milk (unsweetened almond) was in shorter supply, I decided to make what we had go further by making my morning porridge with one part water, three parts almond milk, instead of all milk.
The difference in taste was negligible for the first couple of days, then after I’d got used to it became the new normal, just what porridge is supposed to taste like.
Saving 50ml of milk a day doesn’t seem much, but over one year it’s 18 litres, and a saving of about £34.
Similarly, with the frozen berries I have with my porridge, I cut down to 160g instead of 180g, just to make them last longer.
Again the perceived difference was all but unnoticeable (about four or five berries!) but this adds up to 7.3kg saved in a year, and over £25.
Add these two minuscule changes together and you’ve saved £60 in a year.
This could get you a year’s Personal plan for a WordPress blog or a Flickr Pro subscription, a new (old) digital camera to enjoy, a roll of film every month, or 12 months of Disney+ or Netflix, depending on your preference.
That £60 could even stretch to funding five years of photography.
Any of these options (and of course you can add your own) can provide hours of enjoyment, for a small sacrifice, that’s entirely forgotten after day two.
For me, a bowl of porridge with slightly less milk and five fewer berries.
Much of the time we tend to just drift along doing the same things we did yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.
But when something outside of our control forces us to re-evaluate, we can take steps to change for the better.
Especially when it’s very small changes individually that accumulate to far more significant changes over a longer period of time.
What small changes have you made recently that will add up to something far more beneficial and significant over time? What other small changes could you make?
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