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8 simple tricks to curb your spending
So how can you manage financially to rent the home you want, while avoiding becoming too cost-burdened?
8 practical cost-cutting measures
Leave the car at home
Australia’s weather is delightful for most of the year. Use this opportunity to dust off your bike and hit the road, or walk instead of taking the car on your next short trip. This comes packed with benefits – exercise, namely – but you will also save on petrol, and avoid extra wear and tear on your car. If taking the car is a necessary evil, think about completing a list of errands instead of a single job.
Re-evaluate your rental
Is your rental property exactly what you need? It’s common to go into a property and end up filling empty space with extra goodies. Even if you can afford a larger place, don’t sign the lease on one just because you don’t have enough space. Have a keen eye for clutter build-up. You’ll find that smaller space living can be cosy and very comfortable, plus you’ll be saving on your weekly rent payments.
Eat out less
As most people would be able to attest, food costs add up pretty fast when you eat out a few times every week. An easy way to save money and eat healthy is by prepping your meals at home. Renting a property with a well-equipped kitchen will lure you into spending more time at home and cooking. Drinking your favourite beverages at home (i.e. coffee and alcohol) will also ease the burden on your budget. Think about doing up a menu for each week, buy only what you need and incorporate leftovers into your next days’ meal.
Stop impulse buying
So you’ve hit the shop and spotted a to-die-for dress or an impulsive drone, depending on your taste. But if it’s not a necessity, put it on a list with the date you saw it. The key here is not to buy this item until seven days have passed. It’ll surprise you how often something you ‘absolutely needed’ on first inspection becomes an ‘actually, I don’t need this anymore.’ If shopping is a big part of your life, give yourself a splurge budget. You are much less likely to make impulse purchases if you allow yourself some smaller, discretionary spending.
Look for freebies
As often as possible, keep an eye out for free events in your local area. A lot of websites offer the ability to filter upcoming events to ‘free,’ which should help you with your planning. Go on a hike, to a museum or a zoo or have a sunset picnic at the park or on the beach. Before you head out on an outing or day trip, search the web for discount vouchers or offers. Groupon and other similar sites offer meals, experiences and tourist attractions with big discounts attached.
Buy second hand
It’s pretty clear that setting up your new rental is a costly exercise. To save money on furniture, search online, thrift shops, garage sales and through local newspaper ads for great deals. Don’t write off items in disrepair, either. If a piece you love could use a little updating, put in some muscle power and you’ll make a huge difference to your pocketbook. If you truly need something, why not see if someone has one they no longer use?
DIY your decor
One of the big upsides of buying used goods is a sense of craftiness that will soon follow. DIY decorating and refurbishing is all the rage (you only need to spend 10 minutes on Pinterest to realise this). You can find a large number of resources online for decorating and updating your rental on the cheap.
Get a roomie
Living and rental costs can be high. So why not consider sharing your space with a roommate, rather than living alone? Before you move in with someone, be sure to check out a few tips that should guide you to a happy co-existence.
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The information contained in this article is based on the authors opinion only and is of a general nature which is not indicative of future results or events and does not consider your personal situation or particular needs. Professional advice should always be sought relevant to your circumstances.
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