Sunday, January 10, 2010

5 Easy Tips You Can Use to Save For a Down Payment on Your Next Home

12:32 PM by nurliana purba · 0 komentar

If you are planning on purchasing a home in the next couple of years, the one thing you may be concerned about is coming up with the down payment on your home. Although the down payment is only a percentage of the cost of the home you buy, it can still cost you thousands of dollars. Wondering where you are going to get that kind of money? Here are some easy ways to save for a down payment so you can finally have the home of your dreams.

Income Tax Refunds

One easy way that you can start saving up for a down payment on your home is to start saving the money from your income tax refunds. Simply fill out the right forms to have more taxes held out of your paycheck each year. You'll never notice that this money is gone. Each year you'll get a bigger tax refund and that money can be saved towards a nice down payment on a home.

Save Your Raise

Did you recently get a raise at work? If not, maybe you should ask for one. If you just had a raise or you are getting a raise, take that extra money and start saving it instead of pocketing it. You won't really notice the difference, since you'll still be living on the same amount you were getting before. If you can't get a raise, try to work some overtime and save the money you make on the overtime hours.

Start Selling Excess Items

More than likely you have quite a few things hanging around that you never use anymore. Maybe that stack of CDs you have boxed up, those boxes of DVDs you never watch, or other items. Consider trying to sell these items for some extra cash. With online auction sites like eBay, that's easier than ever before. If you don't want to use eBay, then try having a yard sale. Save the money you make for your down payment.

Stop Eating Out

Chances are you spend a lot of money eating out each year. If you eat out for lunch ever day, you could be spending $5-10 or even more each day, just on lunch. Start packing a lunch instead. You can save that $5-10 each day, and at the end of the year you'll have between $1825 and $3650 saved, just by avoiding a restaurant at lunch time.

Freelance for Extra Money

Another easy way to save up for a down payment on a home is to freelance for extra money. In your spare time, put the talents you have to work. If you are a good writer, consider finding some part time freelancing work as a writer. Love taking pictures, try out stock photography. If you're a great artist, try selling your artwork for some extra money.

It doesn't have to be that difficult to save up the money you need for a house down payment. With these easy ideas, you can save up thousands of dollars each year, especially if you use all the ideas together. Before you know it you'll have the money you need to purchase your dream home.

By Joel McDonald