You finally did it! You struggled and saved and bought your own home. No matter what happens, you now have a place to lay your head at night and forget the cares of the world for a few hours. Your children are secure in your ability to provide and you are swimming in feelings of accomplishment.
Unfortunately, you can’t stay comfortable for long. The bills still have to get paid, the kids still have needs, your vehicle still requires gas to run, and you gotta eat sometime. Even after the triumph of purchasing your own home, you will still need money to survive on. Below are a few things you can do in your new home that will help you hold on to some of that hard earned cash.
Go Old Fashioned
If you spend any time whatsoever listening to your elder peers, you know that technology has not always afforded people the luxuries is does now. Now no one is saying anything bad about technology.
It is extremely helpful more often than not, but the one thing it can’t seem to help us do is to save money. In order to do this, we might need to ditch the tech for a while. Try hanging your clothes out to dry on an outside line or hand washing your dishes.
Using a dryer or a dishwasher can be a large drag on your electric bill. Along with money saved, you might find yourself a little more appreciative of the effort your elders out in to take care of you.
Keep Up the Maintenance
So, you have your own home now. You can no longer call the maintenance man to come and fix leaky pipes or unclog the toilet. This is your responsibility now and that’s a good thing. Instead of paying out the nose for plumbers, contractors, and carpenters, you have the privilege of learning how to maintain your own home.
There are several things to get you started that can help with the money issue. Want to keep from having to make costly repairs on those pipes while also saving money on your water bill? Check to make sure there are no leaks from time to time. Making yearly pest checks can help you save on pest control.
If you make sure to clean on a weekly basis, you’ll keep down the instances of mold in your house, which will again save you money on repairs.
There are a few things that you will notice on a daily basis in your new home. The temperature, the quality of the air, and the amount of light you have in your house are a few. In order to save a few more dollars, consider keeping your thermostat at around 72 in the winter and 68 in the summer.
When we constantly adjust the thermostat in our home, it causes the system to work harder to keep up with the shifts. This costs money. Another way you can help your piggy bank is to change your air filter on a monthly basis. This not only helps your air unit work more efficiently, it will keep the pollutants in your house to a minimum.
This is helpful to members of your family that might deal with allergies to mold, dust, or pet dander. Finally, invest in energy saving light bulbs. Less wattage means less money used to light it.
Having a new home doesn’t have to mean having less money to go around. Use these money saving tips to help you enjoy your new found accomplishment while easily providing for the other needs in yours and your family’s life.