Saving Money in Your Seattle Apartment Budget
Posted by admin 07.27.17 7:20 am admin
Virtually anyone can benefit from saving money, and it doesn’t matter if you live in a luxury high rise or a country apartment. Saving money ensures you will have some money available for a “rainy day” and that an emergency won’t blindside you with bills and extra stress.
If you’re an apartment dweller in Seattle, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure you don’t spend too much money each month and that you spend responsibly when you first move into your new home.
Entertain at Home with Friends & Family
The bill that comes to the table after dinner where everyone has enjoyed a few alcoholic drinks and the servings have ranged from appetizers to the main course to dessert can cost many times what it might cost to host your friends at your home. A study reported on by New York Magazine revealed that Americans have started spending more at restaurants than on food prepared at home.
“Over the past year, as Matt Phillips reports on Quartz, Americans are spending more at bars and restaurants ($54.857 billion) than they are on groceries ($52.503 billion). It’s the first time it’s happened in recorded history.”
The increase in spending by the average American at restaurants has been the result of a variety of factors, but preparing food at home has remained a more economical option for most meals. In the absence of a deep discount or coupon, eating at home will likely always cost less than eating out or getting food delivered.
Take Your Time Furnishing Your Seattle Apartment
Moving into a new home is exciting whether it’s a country farmhouse in Oregon or an urban apartment in Seattle. You may want to fill your new home with all its furniture and decor as swiftly as possible, but this strategy can result in quite a few extra dollars spent on your apartment.
If you don’t already have all the furniture you need for your new place, make a list of all the items you need and put the items in order of their priority. You probably don’t need to rush out and buy a bookcase immediately, but you might feel inconvenienced if you don’t have a couch. Try to buy furniture and decor when it’s on sale and during holiday “door buster” events.
Keep a Clean House
A messy apartment may cause you to spend money you don’t need to spend when you can’t find something you need. Perhaps you’re in the kitchen and need a particular utensil. If you still have unpacked boxes of kitchen stuff sitting in the living room, you might be tempted to head out to the store and buy the utensil.
Resist the urge to buy things that you’re “pretty sure” you already own or can’t find. Cleaning your apartment can help you locate items you’ve been looking for and help you avoid buying items twice. If you don’t think you can keep up with the cleaning at your home, you might try to adopt a minimalist lifestyle where you don’t actually have to put things away each day.
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