Saving for a down payment to purchase a new home is no easy task. The cost of living is constantly going up and not leaving extra savings after payday. Here are some simple ideas to cut back on expenses and save for a new home.
Cancel your cable or satellite subscription. There are other options available that are cheaper. Most television networks in Canada have begun broadcasting full-length episodes of their shows on their websites. These shows can be streamed by anyone with an internet connection on any device that has a web browser.
Eating out all the time is an expense that adds up very quickly. Try eating out less by always having a snack to tide you over until you get home. The next time you make a casserole, make four batches of it and put the other three in the freezer. When you need a quick meal for the family, you can grab a ready-made casserole and heat it up.
Kids extra circular activities can be costly. To keep kids busy on a budget, look into activities or clubs offered by your local library or city/town. A lot of the time they are free or have a small cost. Having your children join school sports also allows more money to stay in your pocket.
Everyone loves to go on vacation to relax and unwind. While trying to save for a new home, holidays may need to be put on hold or downgraded. Try visiting places that you can drive to, such as the mountains. Consider splitting the cost of an Air BNB rental with friends or family. Plan your trip during off-times to cut costs substantially.
It’s not always easy keeping up with new clothing trends on a budget. Check out local Facebook swap pages for new wardrobe pieces. You can also sell the clothes you don’t wear anymore to make some extra cash. Many stores offer discount coupons when you sign up for their online newsletter.
Purchasing household items or items your children may require can add up fast. You can often find the item you want with a bit of clever shopping at used equipment stores, used game stores, consignment shops, Facebook swap pages and garage sales. Just make these shops a part of your normal routine. Check out these places first when looking for potential items and you will save money.
It can be hard adjusting to these money saving tips at first to save for a new home. Stay on track, and you will become a homeowner in no time!