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Saving for a Down Payment When You Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck   Saving for a Down Payment When You Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Saving for a Down Payment When You Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Written By: Ashley Sutphin
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A down payment is an important component of taking a step toward homeownership. Saving for a down payment is also the biggest obstacle that you probably face when you want to buy a home.

A down payment is the cash you pay upfront when youre going to make a large purchase. If you were going to buy a 350,000 home with a 10 down payment, youd need to have 35,000 in cash.

Then, your mortgage lender provides the rest of the money to buy the home, and you pay your lender back over time. There are a few exceptions to lenders requiring a down payment, such as VA loans, but generally, it is required.

Its recommended that you put at least 20 down if youre going to buy a house, but that can be a lot of money.

How do you save if youre living paycheck-to-paycheck? It is possible, but you also might have to make some changes.

Take the First Step

Even though you might feel overwhelmed about the prospect of saving money when youre ba>

One good first step is to open a savings account where youll deposit money thats specifically meant to go toward your down payment.

You might want a savings account that pays a bit of interest as well.

Create a Budget

You may be in a cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck that you dont necessarily have to be in.

If you can drill down into whats going out versus whats coming in, you might find that there are some ways you can save money even on your current income.

Really taking an honest look at your income versus your spending can be challenging and overwhelming because you may not realize how much youre spending on things that you dont need to be. Doing it is rewarding and valuable, though.

When you create a budget, include in it money that youre going to set aside every week or month that will go toward your down payment.

Even small contributions do add up over time if youre consistent and patient.

If youre not sure where to start with your budget, a lot of financial professionals recommend following whats called the 50/30/20 rule. This means that 50 of your income goes toward your essentials, such as your rent. Thirty percent goes toward life>

Cut Out Subscriptions

One of the best things you can do for your finances is to regularly evaluate what subscription fees youre paying and cut them out. It sounds simple, but the reality is if youre like the average American, you might be spending 237 a month on subscriptions. Thats a lot of money that could go elsewhere.

Go Over Every Bill Carefully

When youre working with a >

There are a few reasons for this.

First, you want to make sure there arent mistakes youre paying for. You might also find ways to pay less. For example, you could ask for a lower rate on your credit cards if you have a history of on-time payments, or you might be able to talk to your car insurance company about good driver discounts.

There are a lot of opportunities to save money on your bills, if you know where to look at youre willing to ask.

Add Income

Finally, once your budget is in order, its a good idea to add extra income to your life. There are so many ways to do this. When youre not working your full-time job, maybe you deliver groceries or work for a rideshare service.

It doesnt matter what it is, but when you add another stream of income, it puts you that much closer to your down payment.

Everything you earn from your secondary income source should go directly into your down payment savings account, so you arent tempted to use it on anything else.

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