10 Steps for Frugal Apartment Living

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by on April 24, 2013

Frugal Apartment Living10 Steps for Frugal Apartment Living

For those of you in apartments, I think you’ll enjoy this guest post on frugal apartment living.

In this slow, sluggish economy, pretty much everyone is looking for ways to downsize, cut back, and save money. Whether it’s trading in the luxury gas guzzling sports utility vehicle (aka “SUV”) for a less expensive, less ostentatious hybrid, or choosing to cook more instead of eating out, everyone is doing what they can to spend less of their hard earned dollars. However, that is not to say that cutting back and spending less is an easy thing to do. In fact, for many people, it is just the opposite. Some people simply don’t know where to start. If you live in an apartment, then you might not realize that there a number of things you can do to cut your living costs. Below are ten steps for frugal apartment living.

10 Steps for Frugal Apartment Living

STEP #1: Ask your neighbors if they want to share Internet. Did you ever notice how there are a dozen or more wireless networks in your building and think about how silly it is that everyone is paying their own bills? If you are friends with your neighbors – or even if you are not – then ask if they would like to share an Internet network with you.

STEP #2: Buy some wall shelves. Installing wall shelves will give you new space for storage, which is something that everyone living in a small apartment can use. Extra storage comes in handy in a lot of ways – for example, it lets you buy in bulk and save money.

STEP #3: Sell what you don’t need. Need a little extra cash? Sell some of the clunky furniture taking up valuable space in your apartment and use the extra money to buy those shelves!

STEP #4: Make your kitchen usable. A lot of people avoid their small kitchens and instead spend a lot of money ordering takeout. This is a huge waste of money! Start cooking more and you will save money and get healthy! Cooking means you know exactly what is going into your food, something you can only know when you prepare your meals yourself.

STEP #5: Stay away from furniture and home décor stores. If you live in a small space, the last thing you need is unnecessary furniture and décor taking up room. So stay away from the shops selling these things – it can be surprisingly easy to accidentally buy a new picture or side table!

STEP #6: Install a magnetic tool strip for your knives. Instead of storing your knives in a drawer, which you probably don’t have too many of, or on the counter, where you likely have very little extra space, use a magnetic tool strip. The space saver also makes it easier to find the knife you need because you can actually see them all at once!

STEP #7: Get outside more! If you live in an apartment, you probably don’t have a yard. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be spending time outside. Going to the park is free, so is going for a walk around the block. Grab the dog, or the kids, or your headphones, and go explore the local area – who knows what local gems you will find!

STEP #8: Do your own cleaning. If you live in an apartment, no matter how messy it is, there is no reason for you to be paying someone to do your cleaning. Save money and do it yourself. It will take some time, sure, but probably less than you think. Make sure you use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, though. If you live in a small space, the chemicals in your cleaners are more densely in the room.

STEP #9: Do your own laundry. Few apartments come equipped with washing and drying machines in them, so many apartment dwellers find themselves dropping their laundry off at the Laundromat for someone else to do. But this is another waste of money. Spend the time at the Laundromat and do the wash yourself. Bring a book – it’s not so bad!

STEP #10: Invite friends over before you go out. Even if your apartment is small, you can still host a couple of friends over for a drink or snack before you go out to the bar or restaurant. This way you will spend less money once you are out, and you will get some quality time with your friends. They will enjoy seeing your spruced up apartment and you will enjoy showing them how nice it is.

Guest Post Bio: Mark Russell writers about frugal apartment living and frugal ways to save money on common household items. Mark is a writer for the Apartment Guys’ website. Image courtesy of thephotoholic/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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