Purchasing a house is one of the most significant expenses anyone is likely to have throughout life. Even if you have prior experience with it, it is still stressful. Doubly so when one of the only ways to afford it is to take out a mortgage or a loan. If you want to avoid this, your only choice becomes relying on your savings. The question, then, becomes: How to start saving for a house? Read on and find out!
Decide what your budget will be
When it comes to saving for a house, you need to have clear goals in mind. After all, even if you are planning for something as simple as deducting business moving expenses, you need to know the minimum amount of money you need. The same logic applies when looking to buy a home. What is the price range of the homes you might be interested in? What are the down payment amounts? Other expenses you can expect during the process of buying a home and moving? Until you can settle on a somewhat definitive amount, you will feel discouraged. It’s more difficult to continue putting aside money for some unknown, potentially colossal sum. A clear goal both motivates you and offers you something to strive toward. Similarly, remember to figure out how much money you could put aside monthly.
Caption: Setting a budget can be difficult, but once you do, the rest is a breeze!
Settle any debts you may have
The moving experts from Simple Moving warn that the expenses of a move can be unexpectedly large. And, in such a situation, you might be forced to take out a loan to cover the cost of everything, even if you had thought you’d saved up enough money. And what would prevent you from taking out a loan in such a scenario are standing debts or unpaid loans, including former mortgages, which you might have to your name. This is why it is always best to first save up money to pay off such prior commitments. Only then can you really focus on saving for a house without additional worries looming over you?
Cook your own food
Cooking your own food is an excellent way to start saving for a house. Ingredients are often much more inexpensive when compared to buying the final product, especially if you have a habit of eating out in restaurants. It might take some time to get used to, and you should likely look into clever ways to reduce energy expenses if you are running an electric stove. But it will, in the long term, be much more beneficial for your finances to transition to home cooking. It would also offer you a chance to eat healthier meals!
Caption: You can turn cooking into a fun family activity!
Cut down on luxuries
If you are dedicated to saving for a house, then giving up on unnecessary luxuries should be acceptable to you. This includes looking into avoiding unwanted moving expenses so you can dodge extra expenses following your home purchase. For example, would you really need to pay for packing services? Sure, it would be helpful and spare you some inconvenience. But it would also stretch your budget much thinner. Follow this logic in every area of your life. Professional cleaners? You should start cleaning yourself for a while. Expensive clothing and food brands? There might be quality yet cheaper alternatives. It will be a path of denying yourself creature comforts, but the final result will be well worth it.
Organize fun, inexpensive activities
You do not necessarily need to go to expensive locations or buy things to have fun. Instead of a trip to the cinema or a restaurant, go on a picnic or a walk. Or organize a game night with your friends. When was the last time you got together, played a board game, and had a chat? Similarly, encourage your kids to pursue such activities as well. They can be surprisingly fun and are an excellent bonding chance for the whole family.
Caption: Board games can get very fun and competitive!
Refrain from going on vacations
As a natural extension of our previous point, you should also consider suspending vacations and family trips while saving for a house. While they are fun, wholesome activities that provide some family bonding, they are still expensive. Quality vacations have always been, and will always be, a severe drain to one’s budget. As such, while it will likely sadden you somewhat, suspending them for a bit is only logical. Besides, once you have your new home, you’ll be free to once again plan all the trips you like! And you could even extend your savings and afford yourself a truly spectacular vacation.
Cut out bad habits
Do you smoke? Or like to indulge in alcohol? While the latter is fine in moderation, it is still a mild addiction and a significant expense when saving for a house. And, if you go through the effort of denying yourself expensive dates or looking for clever ways to save money when you run a home-based business, then you should go all the way and kick your bad habits as well! This would allow you to save a surprising amount of money and provide you a chance to kick the addiction and lead a healthier life.
Now that you know how to start saving for a house, you are ready to begin! Just remember that, while it is good to save, you should not overdo it. There are some expenses you cannot do without. Events you should cherish despite everything. You wouldn’t want to ruin your kids’ Christmas just to save a bit more, right? Remember - everything should be done in moderation!