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  • Cost-cutting measure to save for a home: Part 2

    When you decide to start saving for a home, you need to make a firm commitment to the cause. This includes exploring any and all options to cut down your monthly expenses.

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    While ditching a $3 cup of coffee every morning might not sound like much, it definitely saves up. Consider this: If you stop buying that morning coffee, you will save $21 every week. Over the course of the year, you will have saved a total of $1,092. This total will fluctuate depending on the final price of your coffee, but the fact you can accrue more than $1,000 by not buying coffee is a cost-saving measure you need to consider if you're looking to buy a home.

    But there are other ways to save up for a future payment.

    Work in the gig economy
    The gig economy can be a viable option for you to earn money on the side. According to The Wall Street Journal, the percentage of adults finding find work through gigs has steadily been increasing since October 2012 [1].

    The gig economy is defined as finding work through mobile applications and startups, and one popular ride-hailing service has come to define it. Consider driving at night or the weekends for a few hours to pick up extra cash that can be set aside in your savings fund for a future home.

    But you don't have to limit yourself to driving. Try selling some crafts you've made or freelancing. The opportunities are plentiful.

    Limit your expenses
    The best way to save for a home is to simply limit your current spending levels. Don't eat out as often and instead, rely on cooking your own meals and taking a lunch to work everyday.

    Other areas to consider trimming include the cable subscription, cellphone bill, gym membership and lifestyle choices. Look at your usage and decide if you really need hundreds of channels, or unlimited data, U.S. News & World Report recommended [2]. Those two bills alone can equal more than $100 in savings if you scale back your usage and rely on wireless Internet a majority of the time.

    When it comes to your lifestyle, limit the number of days you go out, or consider planning outings that are cheap - or even better, free. Depending on your current age, you may even find the idea of going out every weekend to be a little too much anyway.

    Saving for a home requires patience and dedication. Sacrifices are necessary, but you'll be thankful for cutting cable when you're able to truly call a home your own.

    [1]. The Entire Online Gig Economy Might Be Mostly Uber

    [2]. 5 Easy Ways to Kill Your Cable Bill



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