It’s the American dream. Owning your own home is a lifetime goal of many Americans. Afterall, renting a house or apartment is costly. Sure, you pay your monthly rent and the majority of your housing expenses are covered. Maybe even all of your expenses if your utilities, trash collection, et cetera, are covered in your rent. But, at the end of a calendar year, besides having had a roof over your head, what do you have to show for the money you paid out? You may have paid anywhere from $3,600 this year to $12,000 on up for rent! Twelve thousand could have made several mortgage payments instead! And, instead of having twelve rent receipts to show for your money, you could have invested that money into a home of your own.
With that said, being a homeowner in today’s world means you need to economize anywhere you can. When I sat down to analyze my finances, I did my homework and plenty of it! You might be surprised to find out what I discovered: that the “Top Ten Monthly Expenses” for the average American family are – in no particular order:

  1. Mortgage
  2. Credit Cards
  3. Transportation
  4. Utilities
  5. Groceries
  6. Clothing
  7. Health Care
  8. Recreation amp; Entertainment
  9. Child Care
  10. Personal Items

I must make a notation here: The ranking of these expenses depends solely on your family’s particular lifestyle. Even so, you and your family cannot live without the majority of these expenses. So, your only alternative is to find ways to effectively diminish your outlay!

Let’s take a look at the costs of owning your home, and I’ll fill you in on some proven techniques you can use to effectively diminish these expenses, and save yourself tons of money in the process!

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