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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 2/4/2018

When you buy a home, you suddenly realize that your wallet and bank account become quickly drained with all of the expenses involved. If you want to save money when you own a home, youíll need to find ways to cut down on your spending. This takes some creativity and some budgeting. The good news is that you donít have to sacrifice everything in order to live in the home you want. There are many ways that you can trim your budget and you probably never even thought of them.  


The Grocery Store


We all need to eat, so you definitely canít eliminate food from your budget! You can get your grocery bill down significantly with some careful planning. 


One of the biggest problems that people have, when they head to the grocery store, is that they simply shop without a plan. Make a list of what you need to buy. There are certain things that just about everyone needs every grocery trip like milk, bread, and eggs. If you go into the store with a list, youíll have a plan that you can stick to. Know what youíre going to cook and what everyone will eat throughout the week. If you bring coupons along on a grocery trip, try not to bring anything that you donít have use for. Youíll overspend if you buy just based on coupons. After you start your new system, you can have a clear budget that will become a habit over the course of time.


Donít Pay For What You Donít Use


Are you paying for things like a landline telephone or cable? Do you actually use these services? Cutting the cords can save you a lot of expenses. Also, youíre truly wasting money if youíre paying for something that you donít use. Thereís also some cheaper alternatives available when it comes to these types of services. 


Do More Yourself


While you may have relied on the luxury of a cleaning service or a landscaping service, you can cut these things out of your budget. Itís fairly simple to clean up after yourself, just set some standards with your family in order to keep the house up. As far as landscaping, you can probably do some of the mowing and raking on your own. You can still keep these services, but perhaps you want to save the maid for an every other month deep cleaning of your home. 


Other Places To Cut Expenses


Depending upon your lifestyle and needs, there are probably a few other places that you can save in your budget. These include:


  • Seeing where you can save on insurance policies
  • Finding alternatives for pet care and child care
  • Cutting back on your commuting costs by carpooling or using public transport


When you take a good look at your budget, youíll see that there are plenty of ways that you can start saving, yet still live in the home of your dreams and keep your lifestyle.




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/28/2017

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases that youíll ever make in your lifetime. Youíll spend decades of your life making mortgage payments to pay off your home loan. Buying a home is more than just simply finding a place to live. Itís also a financial decision. Your home helps you to build equity, gives you tax deductions, and helps you to have some security in your financial future. 


One of the biggest questions that youíll have when you buy a home is ďHow much can I spend?Ē To answer this question, youíll need to dig a little deeper. 


Do You Have Money For A Down Payment?


The standard amount of money that youíll need for a down payment is 20 percent of the purchase price of a home. If you donít have the money for a full down payment, youíll need to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). This could add up to be an extra cost of hundreds of dollars per month in additional insurance payments on top of your mortgage and every other kind of expense that goes along with buying a home. Youíll need to take the time to save up for a down payment if youíre a first time homebuyer. If you already own a home, the equity that you have in that home can help you with the down payment.


What Are Your Other Financial Responsibilities?


Thereís more to buying a home than just the monthly mortgage payment. Youíll need to get insurance, pay taxes, and have some money set aside for repair and decorating costs. Youíll need to look at your monthly income to find out just how much you can afford on a home. You should take an honest look at your lifestyle and existing expenses in order to determine a comfortable monthly mortgage payment for you.    


Know Your Credit Score


Your credit score will be a major factor in how much house youíll be able to afford. Your lender will use your credit score and credit history to help determine what type of interest rate youíll get and how much theyíre willing to lend you in order to buy a home.


Understanding what you can afford for a home purchase is crucial before you even start shopping. Itís a good idea to meet with a lender to get pre-qualified. This is different than getting pre-approved. Your lender will give you a general idea of how much you can spend on a home without digging too deep into your finances. Getting pre-qualified is a great place to start when youíre looking at the numbers of being a homeowner.




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