Do you dream of living on your own? No one to share the TV remote with. You can eat what you want or do the dishes anytime you want. Of course, with all that freedom, there is the responsibility of paying all the bills on your own. Don’t let that stop you, here are some suggestions that will help you save money.
Start with the Basics
For starters, just buy what you need like a bed, lounge, food and basic kitchen stuff. To save money, ask family or friends if they have spare furniture, electrical goods or appliances.
Plan and Cook your Meals
Cook your meals at home as much as possible and save money on takeout. Meal prep is a great way to plan your meals in advance.
Do Your Own Laundry
Do your own laundry rather than taking your clothes to the dry cleaners or laundromat. Yes, buying a washing machine can be an expensive outlay but it will save you money in the long run. Having a clothes dryer is convenient but just use a clothes rack.
Create A Budget
Set up a monthly or weekly budget and make sure to stick to it. A budget will always hold you accountable to how much you can spend.
Go Second Hand
Buying second hand items will save you a lot of money. Go online and search on social media. A lot of people would happily get rid of their items for a good price. There are also tons of great stuff you can find in second hand stores or flea markets.
Live Within your Means
A wise man would always spend less than he earns. If you want to save money when living alone, then don’t spend on things that you cannot afford. Yes, it is easy to swipe your credit card, but it will also easily lead you down a terrible path of debt. You don’t need several credit cards. Just one credit card for emergencies will do. If you use it, make sure to pay the balance before the interest is due.