Saving to buy a new home is hard.
At the moment my family lives in an okay house in an okay street and we’re fine. We’re lucky to have a roof over our heads in a suburb close to the kids’ school.
And yet we can’t help but dream of a better home, one that is big enough for each of our three children to have their own bedroom.
It’s hard going though. The first time we saved for a home we were in our early twenties and were happy to stay home every night eating noodles. With children in tow, you can’t do that.
But there are lots of ways we save money without ruining our lives and lifestyles.
1. Eat at home, but make it an event.
We eat out once a month and stick to affordable family restaurants that have brilliant deals on Monday and Tuesday nights. We have one takeaway night per week and it’s usually a three for two pizza deal. The rest of the time we eat at home, but not begrudgingly. We have so much fun.
Every Saturday night is barbecue night, even in winter. It’s way more fun than the nights we eat out, and much cheaper.