Good morning everyone! Throughout the last months, we have learned a lot about home economics and living sustainably. We hope that you have learned something as well but have decided to no longer maintain this blog. So this will be our last post.

We started out by making a budget, something that has benefitted us immensely since then. We planned our trip with solely financial considerations and later analyzed it from a sustainable perspective. We came to the realization that vacations like ours impact our society and our environment in ways we couldn't imagine and learned how we in the future could avoid the worst negative effects while maximizing the positive ones. Lastly, we bought furniture for the house we inherited in addition to some jeans and could compare their effects on sustainability while doing so.

In the future we are going to keep on saving for our dream house, we are also going to think about our actions more often. And sicne we have an extra income from the apartment we got from Svens grandmother we can eat out more often. Our goal about fulfilling our dreams are going pretty well at the time, and hopefully it will go on the same way.

The skills and knowledge that we have developed, to set up a budget and to consider a purchase from several perspectives, will surely prove helpful for the rest of our lives and we hope it will serve you as well.

We also want to give you some tips you could use next you are going to buy something or make an important decision. First of all we think you could think about how your purchase or decision will affect the enviroment and the society before making it. Second of all it's good if you look after eco certifications when you shop for food because the food we shop are usually not good for us or the enviroment. For example meat, try to consume less meat since it affects the global warming pretty much causing methane emissons. I know that it sometimes may be hard, but all of our choices matter in many ways.

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Long time no see!

After I wrote the last post on the blog, Sven's grandmother became very ill and we decided that moving her to a retirement home would be best for her at the moment. It would be difficult for her to take care of her own apartment at the same time that she's working to recover and since Sven is her only grandchild, she left the apartment for him. Sven and I talked about what we would do and decided to rent out the apartment. In that way, we get extra income that can go directly into savings.

But as Sven's grandmother needed furniture for her new room, she took her couch with her. That left us without a couch and with some other furniture in bad condition. For example the floor lamp and the coffee table. So we had to buy new ones, and since IKEA fits our budget, we decided to take a trip to Helsingborg where the store is.

On the way there, I started to think about our environment and how our purchases actually affect it. So Sven thought that when we arrived we would try to find an eco-friendly alternative and see what difference that would make. To make sure that IKEA had eco-marked furniture in the first place, I looked it up before we arrived and it turns out that IKEA doesn't have an eco collection at all. So I tried to look up other eco furniture online instead, but those I found were manufactured in Sweden which made them way too expensive. We found a modular sofa from IRE which would cost us about 24 000 SEK, but that is not a purchase we can afford to make. Especially not since we are saving for a new house.

Instead, we ended up with a cheap couch from IKEA named Knopparp. Which only cost 599 SEK. It's the grey couch on the picture below.

We finished our shopping round at IKEA pretty quickly, so we thought: Why not go to Väla? Which is exactly what we did. We tried to look for new winter clothing, but they didn't have a lot of nice clothes to choose from. Instead, we ended up with two pairs of jeans. One of them was a blue pair for me and the other one was a black pair for Sven. The kids didn't get anything since they already have a lot of clothes.

At first, we went to Cubus, where we found out that they had some an eco-marked pair of jeans, that only cost 599 SEK. So we bought them right there, on the spot. They were a really good buy as they looked quite nice too. They were marked Svanen, which implies that the whole product is good for the environment.

Unfortunately, Sven's pants weren't eco-marked. They were made of organic cotton and of the H&M line Conscious. A line created by H&M in cooperation with WWF and Lewis with the objective to produce sustainable clothing. This includes organic cotton and acceptable working conditions. This is better than nothing at all but is still far from being fully sustainable. This is a clear example of the limited availability of organic clothes and We hope that it will increase in the future.

This time my post was really long, so I'm not going to take up more of your time than I've done already. I really hope you too have decided to shop more sustainable from now on. Take care and see you next time!



Hi everyone!

We got home from our wonderful trip to Mallorca yesterday. It really relaxed us and cleared our minds. It was quite hot and we felt that we had succeeded in getting a break from Sweden, but we can draw some lessons from it. While walking through the city, we heard some strange noises. It turned out being a big demonstration-against us, tourists! It really felt like we weren't welcomed or like they wanted us out of the island. I got really worried so I checked the newspaper and it really made me realize the reason behind the anger. It turned out that the residents were extremely affected by our and every other tourist's visit. A big part of the jobs at Mallorca has to do with tourism, and there is no "place" for other jobs outside the category tourism.

Another problem is the bad effects on the environment by a simple trip to Mallorca. A lot of people don't think about this, the biggest part of a trip that affects the environment is the flight. Airplanes travel omits a lot of carbon dioxide emissions, which is not good for the earth since carbon dioxide is one of the biggest greenhouse gases that affect the global warming a lot.

The good thing about our trip was that we didn't drive to our destinations, instead, we walked because the hotel was quite close to everything. The reason why it was a positive thing is that the car also omits a lot of carbon dioxide emissions. So if you care about your actions try to walk or use public transportation instead of a car. It's much better and less harmful to mother earth.

All-inclusive wasn't included in the trip, which we thought was something bad because it would mean extra costs, but after our research, we found out that it was actually a good thing. Without all-inclusive, we contributed to the local economy in Mallorca, which resulted that we didn't throw the same amount of food that we maybe would have done if we had all-inclusive. So even if it may sound good to have all-inclusive, don't always pick that. Try to think about the effects of your choices.

We found out much more things, but it's too much for only one post. The important thing is not to hear about our experiences, it's to make your own observations during your trip and how you can make it better the next time. For your own sake, but also for the environment.

See you next time!



Since I've published the latest post, Sven and I booked a trip. We know that it's not the smartest thing to do when we want to save money, but Sven really needed to relax after working so much. We're leaving pretty soon actually, the 3rd November. And the destination is Palma de Mallorca in Spain. We are going to fly from Copenhagen instead of Gothenburg because it's cheaper. And since we don't want extra expenditures like paying for a parking lot at the airport for a week we decided to take a train directly to the airport. We save around 1 000 SEK that way.

To be honest, it wasn't very expensive as it cost only 17 500 SEK for the hotel and the flight. We are going to stay at the Armadams hotel, but breakfast or any other meals aren't included which makes it a lot harder for us since we are going to have two little kids with us. And we don't even have a kitchen so we can cook our food on our own. But the good thing is that we don't have to spend money on transport because local shopping and downtown is pretty close. It's only two kilometers away, so we can basically walk instead.

We have made adjustments to the budget so we can bring enough pocket money, which is 12 477 SEK. And that when we get back we have saved money so we can survive rest of the month. According to our budget calculations, we stand to lose 12 622 SEK during November. However, Sven receives his salary a few of days before our departure and can thus save the money we need for our expenditures for the trip.

So at the moment we still got a control over the situation, even if our choices aren't the best.

According to the weather forecast it's going to rain a lot during the time we are there, which limits our choices of outdoor activities. But the hotel has an indoor pool so we still have something to do even if it's not the same thing as exploring the city. So let's stay positive and try to make our time at Mallorca the best!



Welcome to our blog, the blog of the Broddessons. My name is Lisa, I am 28 years old and I'm currently married to Sven, who's 43 years old. Together we have two beautiful children named Theo 4 years old and Elis 3 years old.

We live in a house in Söndrum, but our ultimate dream is to buy a new house closer to the beach. A boat is also something that we want to buy in the near future. But at the moment we have a credit card debt of 40 000 SEK and a mortgage of 1.9 million SEK. Although Sven earns a high salary of 66000 SEK/month we still need to create a budget to be able to achieve our objectives in just a couple of years. This is why we chose to start a blog. We wanted to get people like you to follow along on our journey and simultaneously provide help for other people in the same situation.