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Thriving on a Tight Budget: A Guide to Healthy Living in Temporary Shared Accommodation

Thriving on a Tight Budget: A Guide to Healthy Living in Temporary Shared Accommodation

Living in temporary shared accommodation can present unique challenges, but with the right approach, it's possible to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, even on a limited income. In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips and budget-friendly strategies to help individuals in the UK, particularly those in receipt of Universal Credit, live well while residing at New Ethos Nottingham Housing or similar supported accommodations. Whether it's staying hydrated during the summer or making the most of surplus food donations, we've got you covered.

Section 1: Staying Active on a Budget

1. Embracing Free and Low-Cost Activities:
- Utilize local parks, green spaces, and walking trails for outdoor exercise.
- Join community groups or clubs that offer affordable or free fitness classes.
- Take advantage of YouTube workout videos and online resources that require no equipment.

2. Maximizing Public Transport and Walking:
- Plan your outings efficiently to reduce transportation costs.
- Whenever feasible, opt for walking or cycling to nearby destinations instead of relying on public transport or taxis.

Section 2: Nourishing Yourself on a Limited Income
1. Budget Meal Planning:
- Make a weekly meal plan based on affordable ingredients and seasonal produce.
- Utilize surplus food donations available at New Ethos Nottingham or local food banks.
- Batch cook and freeze meals to save time and money.

2. Smart Grocery Shopping:
- Opt for generic brands or store discounts to save on essentials.
- Shop in bulk for non-perishable items.
- Compare prices, use coupons, and take advantage of supermarket loyalty programs.

Section 3: Staying Hydrated and Beating the Summer Heat
1. Drinking Enough Water:
- Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you at all times.
- Refill your bottle at water fountains or use tap water where safe and accessible.
- Flavor water with lemon or cucumber to add a refreshing twist.

2. Cooling Strategies:
- Use fans or open windows during cooler hours to improve ventilation.
- Make DIY cold packs by freezing damp towels or socks.
- Take advantage of community centers or public places with air conditioning during heat waves.

Section 4: Budgeting Tips for Universal Credit Recipients
1. Tracking Expenses:
- Keep a record of your income and expenses to gain better financial awareness.
- Use mobile apps or budgeting tools to help monitor your spending habits.

2. Seeking Financial Support:
- Stay informed about available benefits and grants beyond Universal Credit.
- Contact local support agencies, charities, or government programs for additional assistance.

Living in temporary shared accommodation on a limited income can be challenging, but with careful planning and resourcefulness, it's possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By staying active, making nutritious choices, and staying hydrated, individuals residing at New Ethos Nottingham and similar accommodations can thrive. We invite probation officers, support workers, and key workers to share this blog with their colleagues and refer service users to us. Please visit our website at APPLICATION FORM to refer individuals to New Ethos Nottingham Housing. Together, we can support individuals on their journey toward a fulfilling life.

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