Top tips to save for your first property
In the current economy, buying your first home can seem almost impossible. When the Christmas period rolls around it becomes increasingly difficult to save money, with so many presents to buy and parties to attend. At easyProperty, we’ve got you covered – here are 10 easy steps to save money for your first home.
1. Get crafty for Christmas
The holiday season can be expensive. From buying presents and Christmas cards to decorating your home, a little DIY can save those extra pennies, plus it adds a sentimental touch that your friends and family will appreciate.
2. Bring a packed lunch to work
Buying a coffee or a sandwich every day can seem like a small expense but making your own can be so much cheaper. If you don’t have time, you can always prepare your meals on a Sunday and keep them in the fridge, so you’re set for the week ahead.
3. Cycle to work
Cycling or walking as an alternative to public transport is not only cheaper, it’s better for the environment and great exercise. You will be saving cash and getting fit in the process!
4. Host a dinner party
Christmas time is the most sociable time of the year, with parties and New Year’s Eve to plan. Why not invite your friends over for a dinner party instead? You can catch up with them from the comfort of your home, and it won’t break the bank.
5. Ditch the gym membership and exercise outdoors
There are lots of benefits for exercising outdoors – it is proven to lower blood sugar, heart rate, reduce stress, improve insomnia and of course, it’s free of charge. Training outdoors is also a great excuse to invite your friends along, or even meet new people.
6. Arts & Entertainment
If you like to indulge in a bit of culture at the weekend or after work, swap the West End for your local community theatre – it’s more affordable and your experience will feel much more intimate. Alternatively, you may be surprised at how many free exhibitions you could hit up. Every city or town has so much to offer at an affordable price, you just need to know where to find it.
7. Shop smart
As you’re doing your weekly food shop, remember to compare prices. Usually, own-brand products are just as tasty as those popular brands, with a significantly lower price. Check out the reduced section while you’re there as you might find some last-minute bargains. And remember, don’t shop for food when you’re hungry – you’ll thank us later!
8. Capsule winter wardrobe
It is natural to want to update your wardrobe as the weather and trends change. Capsule wardrobes are hugely on-trend now and are a great way to avoid splurging for Christmas. A capsule wardrobe consists of essential items of clothing that won’t go out of style that you can recycle each year. You can then add a few seasonal pieces to spruce up your looks, but keeping it limited is key.
9. Make your own beauty products
Home-made beauty products are an age-old tradition that tends to be underrated. From face masks to body scrubs, the list of recipes can be endless. A lot of recipes include ingredients you may already own such as sugar, salt, oils or citrus fruits. Most beauty products contain dozens of chemicals and are tested on animals, so finding natural substitutes is always a great, affordable alternative. Why not include your friends and invite them over for treatments? Look online at beauty blogs for fun, creative ideas.
10. Creative date ideas
You don’t need to limit yourself to ‘Netflix and chill’, visit your local Christmas markets, take a walk in the park or by the beach, and hit up those free exhibitions. You’ll still have a great time, without worrying about checking your bank account the next day.
Are you thinking of moving house in the New Year? Contact easyProperty today to find out how we can sell your home.