How to Save Money on Your Own House
Among many ways to save money, people generally do not know how to save on their house. How is this even possible at the first place? But when you think about the costs that a house require; furniture, electricity, water, appliances, then it will make more sense to you. Some people who realize this are already taking the steps to reduce all of these “unnecessary” costs. A great example of this is living in a RV (recreational vehicle).
If you rent a house, share it with someone
it is a great idea to invite others to rent the house with you. It just does not make sense if you rent the whole house for yourself. A $500 monthly rental can be slashed into half, $250 by just finding another housemate. But of course, a housemate or roommate must be somebody you can live with. Just be selective when it comes to finding the extra tenant.
Opt out of the expensive rental
If your landlord charges you excessively and you think he is taking advantage of you (after analyzing market price), then move out to somewhere cheaper. Even if it is a low-cost flat, does it matter that much? The benefit of saving due to a lower rental outweighs the luxury of staying in a bigger house. Besides, when you are able to save more, this simply means you can have faster financial freedom. You would want to start saving for a house in future. You would not want to rent a house for the rest of your life, would you?
Bargain with your landlord
Study the market price for house rentals. Determine whether the cost of living suits the quality of environment being provided. If you found out your landlord is overcharging you, bring it up immediately. There is no need for fear of confrontation here. It is your finance and only you alone care about it, not others.
If your landlord is smart, and you have been a good tenant (paying rentals on time every month), he or she will listen and consider your plead for a lower rental. That is because a house without a tenant to pay rent is worse, for a landlord. Showing all you can and proving that you are “poor” enough will help. If all else fails, then ask for an upgrade in the house.
Aim to buy your own house
In the long run, it is more beneficial to you. If you do the math, owning a house is much cheaper than to rent and makes much more sense. This is especially true when prices of houses fall during certain periods, coupled with low interest rates that bank provide.