It’s an undeniable fact that life is expensive. When you’re young and underneath the umbrella of your parents housing and insurance, it’s easy to look around and think that you can make it in the world all by yourself pretty easily. The reality of the opposite of that matter being true hits you the hardest when you decide to move out.
The reality hits you even more when you decide to move out and relocate to a large city where cost of living is not only high, it’s rated amongst the most expensive places to live in the entire nation. As long as you steer clear of San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, and Washington D.C. while you’re young and making little money, you should have an easier time getting by.
However, these are not the only cities that are extremely expensive to live in. In fact, most of the largest cities in the world are where the cost of living is the highest. To reign things in a bit, let’s focus on the state of Texas. If you’re needing to save money while living in Texas, here are the best ways to do so:
Avoid Housing in the Heart of the City
As tempting as it is to want to live downtown so you can be close to work, the bars, and everything else you could ever think you desire to be close to, you need to seriously consider what this will cost you. Sure, you might save money on transportation, seeing as you’ll be able to walk to many places, but the sheer cost of rent and other necessities like utilities, food, and clothing will be ridiculously more expensive in the heart of the city.
If you want to save money living in Texas, avoid living in the big cities like Houston and Dallas. Why do you need to, anyway? It might take you all of 20 minutes to drive to where you need to be from a suburb area. Not only is housing less expensive in a short distance away from the city, the services you receive and the houses in which you will get to live will often be much nicer and roomier at a significantly reduced cost.
Mooch Off Of Commercial Air Conditioning
It’s known to get very hot in Texas and it stays that way through most of the year. This contributes to the need for airconditioning to be on and blasting at all hours of the day. The amount of money spent on energy for air conditioning can be crippling to a budget. To save yourself this money, limit your time spent at home. Why do you need to be home anyway?
If you spend most of your day at work, you’re already mooching off of their air conditioning. Once you get off work, spend the rest of your day in other commercial areas that offer cool air at no cost to you. This could be a coffee shop, a mall, a library, or any place that you enjoy being. When you’re not home, there’s no reason to cool your house, so you’re cutting your energy bill significantly just by using the resources available around you at no cost.
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