In life, there’s always a lot of different things that cost. Not only do we have to put our money into surviving, we do it to make life feel that little more comfortable too. And that we never seem to mind. When you work hard for your money, you feel good spending it on whatever you feel like. But sometimes, those costs continue to creep up and you no longer feel happy about the things that you’re money is going on. One of the biggest expenses we can ever have in life is often our home. And although you’re happy to pay to have a home that you love, you can sometimes feel like it drains every last cent that you have.
But does that always have to be the case? No, definitely not. If you feel like all of your hard earned money is being sucked into your home, and you’re not entirely sure why, it’s time to break it all down, find out what’s costing you the most and see if you can start to reduce the costs. Covering the five main areas of your home, let’s see if we can bring down costs in each area to save you a nice chunk of money overall.
Buying Or Renting
Sometimes, the biggest cost that your home comes with is the initial outlay. Whether you’ve bought a home or you’re renting, you’re always going to have big upfront costs and then a monthly fee to pay. But, what can you do to try and make that as affordable as possible?
When you’re buying a house, it’s highly likely that you’re going to get a mortgage. But, mortgage options can often be intimidating. If you’re not sure what kind of mortgage will be best for your budget and lifestyle, make sure you do some research. Not only do you want to compare the options you have, but you’re also going to want to look at the most cost effective rates and down payment options to make sure your mortgage payments are as low as you want them to be.
If you’re renting, then you may feel as if you have to deal with the rental costs that your landlord has set. But that isn’t always the case. You’ve always got the option to negotiate your rent. If you feel like you’re paying far too much, and your landlord won’t reduce the price, you might want to consider other rental options to keep the cost down.
Then there’s always the upfront costs that come with buying or renting a new home. Although you can’t always avoid them, you might want to think of ways to reduce them. When you’re looking at getting a survey, make sure to shop around for the price. Or if you have to pay a security deposit, why not look into ways that you can make a better deal on the price, such as fixing up the place a little for a reduced deposit.
Then there’s also the home improvements that go along with being a homeowner. They can often take up a lot of your money, especially if you bought a fixer-upper or if you have an old house that needs a lot of work.
Do It In Stages
One of the worst ways that the cost of home improvement can creep up is by doing it all at once. When you have construction work going on in one room, decorating in another, and plans somewhere else, all of the costs can be hard to keep track of. But, when you work on one room at a time, you’re able to track what you spend better to keep the costs low.
Sometimes, it’s the cost of new items or fittings and fixtures that can really drain your budget. So, if you’re renovating your house but you want to do it at minimal cost, think about heading to discount stores for things like kitchen counters, or even to flea markets or head to eBay for furniture and decorative items to save money.
And if you really want to save a lot of money, why not do the majority of the work yourself? The cost of professional labor can often be a whole lot more than the materials. So, if you practice your DIY and watch a few YouTube videos and take a crack at it yourself, you could save yourself thousands.
Technically, food and drink are all a part of living, rather than your home. But, because you do buy groceries and foot the bill for entertaining costs out of your home budget, it still counts. And, it’s always good when you can lower your bills on food and drink!
You can find it hard to reduce the amount you spend on groceries. Whether you like to mix your meals up, never know what you’re going to fancy so buy your groceries daily, or always go to different stores, you may find that the cost is high. But there are tons of different ways that you can lower your grocery bill, like using coupons or buying in bulk. So you’re sure to find an option that works with your lifestyle.
When you like to eat out on a regular basis, you can often add hundreds of dollars to your food bill each month. But you don’t have to cut back if you enjoy it – instead, just choose smart restaurants. Take coupons or opt for special deals if you really want to save, but still enjoy an evening out.
Entertaining is another cost that can keep your food and drink bill high. But there are ways that you can entertain on a budget. By buying items in bulk, making a lot of the items yourself, and even asking guests to bring dessert, you can find that the cost of entertaining reduces significantly. You can often get great deals on wine and beers that mean you save over buying by the bottle.
Household bills can often make you feel like you’re spending a lot of money on nothing. But, they’re something that we all need to pay. So, you’re going to want to look at your home expenses and see if you can cut them down for good.
Your utility bills can often be a huge cost. But, they’re also one of the easiest costs to bring down. It does mean that you need to do some research, but the savings are always worth it. Your home energy costs can always be compared, and you’re likely to find that you can get a great deal by switching whenever your special deal contract comes to a close, making your gas and electric cheaper year on year.
If you’re a part of a homeowners association, you may have yearly fees to pay as a part of where you live. These can be hard to cut, but it’s not impossible. There are ways you can work to reduce them, such as becoming responsible for finding the quotes for maintenance work, as well as volunteer and see if you can get a fee reducing for being more involved.
When it comes to cleaning your home, you can often discover that you’re spending a lot of money, even when you don’t mean to. But just because you want to keep your home safe, secure and healthy, does it mean that it should cost you the earth?
Cleaning products can definitely be expensive. Especially when you need specific things for each room, as well as things like a vacuum and washer dryer. But, you can cut back by trying to used unbranded items or even homemade solutions that are just as effective.
Sometimes, you can’t help having to use different home cleaning services. Whether you keep allergens at bay with professional carpet cleaning or need a window cleaning service to tackle your windows, they often cost you struggle to cut. But, it might pay off for you to invest in your own carpet cleaning machine, or window cleaning tools – allowing you to save money over time.
And finally, there’s also your garden work to think about. If you have a lot of outside space, it’s likely that you have a gardener or landscaper that tends to your yard on a regular basis. But, do you really need to have that expense? You may find that dividing up the jobs between yourself and your husband, or even your children, could save you a lot of money each month and even give you something relaxing to do on the weekends.