When you take out a mortgage on your new home as a first time homebuyer, the more you can pay as a down payment the better. The down payment on a mortgage reduces the principle of the loan and means that you will be paying tens of thousands less in interest payments over the life of the loan.
Most financial experts recommend that you should save up at least 20% of the value of the home as a down payment. Depending on the value of the home that you want to buy, this can be a serious chunk of money. You will need some strategies for saving big. Here are some tips to help you get closer to that down payment:
Make A Separate Savings Account
No matter how much you have already saved for your down payment, create a new savings account to put the money in. When the money is in your personal account it is so much more tempting to spend it on day to day expenses. Also, a savings account will give you a better rate of interest so that you can help you money grow.
Pay Off Your Credit Cards First
If you have credit card debt, you will be paying interest charges to the credit card company every month. These charges can really add up, especially if you are only paying the minimum on your loans. If you can pay down this debt you will have extra money every month to put into your savings instead.
Get A Part Time Job
Consider taking on a part time job in addition to your full time job on a few evenings and weekends for extra cash. It doesn’t have to be something that you do forever, but even sticking with it for six months to a year will give you thousands in extra income that you can put straight towards your down payment.
Make A Backwards Budget
Rather than calculating all of the money that you use on your monthly expenses and then saving whatever is left afterwards, why not make your budget the other way around? Start off with how much you want to be able to save per month then subtract that amount from your net income. The number you have left is what you have to live off. You will find that you naturally change your habits to make this amount of money work for you and if it if not enough you can increase your income by getting a side gig.
These are just a few ways that you can save up for a down payment on your first home in order to save money over the years on your mortgage.