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3 Awesome Ways to Save Money for a House Deposit

The following is a guest post.

You’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase the largest investment of your life – your first home. You may have even started looking at a few homes and reviewed the financing options to determine how much money you will need to put down as a deposit. That’s typically when the brakes are put on first-time homebuyers’ efforts to buy a home. Most people simply do not realize how much money is required as a deposit on a home purchase and most also do not have that kind of money saved up. At your current rate of saving, you may have calculated that it would take you years or even decades to save up the kind of money you need. However, with the right strategy and a bit of effort, you may be able to save money for a house deposit more quickly than you might think.

Live Below Your Means
If you are like many young adults, you are spending almost as much as you earn each month. By scaling back, you can start saving money. By scaling back a lot, you can save even more money. Take a close look at your budget, and cut out everything but the basics. You may keep a few extras so that life won’t be miserable while you save up. However, the more substantial the cuts you make, the faster you will be able to save up money for your deposit. This may mean carpooling to work or using public transportation, cutting back on your cable TV and cell phone plan, eating at home and skipping restaurants and more. Money that you don’t spend can be saved, and you will be surprised how quickly your bank account balance will increase when you stop spending all of your money!

Make Adjustments to Your Housing Situation
Sometimes you have to take a step back in life before you can move forward, and this may be true when it comes to buying a house. For most people, housing payments are the largest expense in their budget. If you want to see the biggest results when trying to save money, you need to make changes to your housing situation. If you live in a flat or house with an extra room, consider leasing that room out for rent. If your current home is barely large enough for your own needs, you can consider a more drastic option. If you can handle moving back in with your parents for a few months, you can save a considerable amount of money. By living with your parents, you can eliminate rent, utilities and other typical living expenses. You may sacrifice privacy, but it may be more comfortable than moving into an even smaller home than you live in now.

Get A Second Job
Okay so this one is less than awesome, but so many adults partake in activities that revolve around spending money in their free time. After work, you may head down to a local pub with friends, go shopping, go out to eat and more. Rather than spend money after work, why not take on a second job and spend those hours making money? You will save money by not wasting it needlessly on frivolous items, and you will also be earning even more money from your second job.

By using just one of these ideas, you can save money for a house deposit at a considerably faster rate than you currently can. However, when you combine two or even three of these ideas together, your savings rate will escalate. If you’ve an existing loan on your own home, remember to shop around for the best deals and new rates. Australian readers should have a look at UBank, as their uhomloan is very competitive. Keep in mind saving is not the most difficult thing in the world. Do your best and your efforts will be well-rewarded when you finally move into your first home!

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. I agree whole heartedly with most of this, but why should moving in with your parents allow you to "eliminate rent, utilities and other typical living expenses…" and only give up "privacy?" When my kids are grown, they will be paying rent, a share of utilities, and food expenses. They will also not get their clothes washed and they will need to help with the clean-up if they want to have their meals cooked. Finally, they will not be having anyone over in their rooms, even if they are 35.

    I don't do this because I don't love them. I do this because I do and unless they are encouraged to become adults, they will remain tennagers in adult bodies.

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