The price to live can drastically change depending on where you’re located. Cities tend to have a higher cost of living due to the high demand for space. If you want to live downtown, close to work, the gym, and every other thing you can think of, you’re going to have to be willing to pay the price.
For people living in New York City, the price is high and the space is very limited. That’s just the way that it is. For those living in the suburbs, they might have more space, but they’re still paying for that space as well as the car and the gas money to get into the city to work. One has to evaluate their life and decide what circumstance works better for them.
In the end, it’s all about money and the ability to save. It’s nice to have a safety net to fall back on, and it’s nice to not have to pinch pennies and deny yourself that cup of coffee you so desperately need to get through the workweek grind. If you’re in a place where you need to save money in regards to home life, here are some practical ways you can do that:
Get Rid of Your Stuff
The minimalist lifestyle is really the way you’re going to have to go to save money. Evaluate what you really need in life. If you’re limited on space and you have an entire dining room set, you’re going to have to decide whether you’re going to sell that set to give yourself room, whether you’re going to buy a bigger place to fit all of your stuff, or whether you’re going to stick it in a unit for a while.
When you have less stuff to haul around, you don’t tie yourself down. You’re not required to buy a flat that can fit your two sofas, your king size bed, and your armoire. In the way of furniture, you can always buy new. The cost of a bed is severely less than the cost of a bigger flat every month that is only serving to house all your stuff.
Live on Layers and Blankets
You might live in a place that gets really cold in the winter. If you do, consider only turning on the heat when it’s absolutely necessary. Keep the heat on when you’re home during the day and turn it off when you’re underneath all the covers of your blanket at night. On really really frigid days, keep the heat on, but don’t crank it. Just layer up.
As tempting as it is to crank the furnace and take hot showers, consider other means. Have a hot cup of tea. Put a warm water bottle at the foot of your bed. Wear a heating pad around your neck. Get fuzzy socks and thermal underwear. All these expenses are less than a heat bill in the coldest of winters.