Alternative Living Arrangements To Save Money on Rent

February 25, 2021

It is now cheaper to buy an island in the Caribbean and a private jet to take you there, than it is to buy a three bedroom house in London and the rest of the UK is not too much better to be fair. So if you want to work in London and you’re not likely to get a six figure raise any time soon, you’re going to have to get creative!

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Become a part-time lodger

With the rise of the commuter, the market has grown up around them and it is now possible to find partial digs even in the city centre! 

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Simply put, folks are happier to accommodate part time lodgers during the week and still have their homes to themselves at the weekend. Mid-week room lets are obviously cheaper and although you can’t really call them home, it means you can save a fortune from proper commuting and allow yourself the luxury of living somewhere on the weekend that’s bigger than a sardines tin can.

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House boats

Fortunately for the money conscious, London lies on a river, and not only that—it has a series of Victorian canals making it possible to find a canal boat or a Dutch barge. Boats have always been a workaround for those in the know and while there are plenty of stupid big silly money Chelsea liners moored on the Thames, there are also a whole raft of little narrow boats and cabin cruisers moored from little Venice to Camden Lock and in Richmond. They’re not as cheap as they were a decade ago, but you won’t have to pay council tax and you can still find a bargain if you know where to look; and thankfully thanks to uncle Google that’s no longer a well kept secret.

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Commit to commute

As London gets bigger and more expensive so does its satellite towns. However if you know where to look you can still find good value accommodation for much cheaper. Maidstone is about an hour away from the big smoke and roughly a third of the price of the city centre. And yes, the downside is that you will have to live in Maidstone, but at least it has an amusement park again.

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Camper (wo)man

One way to get off the housing ladder and still keep a roof over your head is to go Aussie style. Campervans range in size and style pretty much as much as it’s possible to range in style when you’re talking about putting a roof on a van.  The huge Winnebagoes won’t come much cheaper than a one bed flat in Hastings, but then they’re probably about as big. You can of course find a teeny wee one for a fraction of the price and if all you need is somewhere to sleep then home is where the hard shoulder is. Once again you won’t need to worry about Council tax, but you will have to think about MOT, tax and of course parking.


Joint ownership

So it’s better to buy? Well according to the UK market it is. The rest of Europe seems fine with renting, but if we stick to the rules then owning even a portion of your home is the English dream. There are a good number of joint and part ownership schemes that attempt to make living in London affordable. Of course this begs the question what happens when the inevitable happens and folks just can’t actually afford to live in the city, but if you’re still intent on owning bricks and mortar then have a look out for these schemes.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and let us know if you can think of any other alternative living arrangements to save money. We do recommend to our readers interested in home ownership to read our more serious blog post on myths about buying your first home.

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The sunny skies and warm temperatures of summer are on the horizon, drawing us all out of the house! It’s the perfect time of year to stake your claim on a nice patio chair and make the most of the next few months. But before you do, you’ll want to make sure your patio is ready.

No matter whether it’s large or small, a space just for you or one you share, it’s important that your patio is a space that is comfortable and relaxing. But after being put away all winter, your patio will need a bit of a refresh. That could be as simple as washing off the dirt and grime of last season or maybe you’d like a bigger, better transformation! This calls for some garden patio ideas to help you repurpose your space into something you look forward to using.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best ways to turn your garden patio into the perfect place to spend your time. Don’t have a patio just yet? Take note of what great garden patio ideas inspire you and use this to plan out a brand new patio! When you’re out there relaxing with your sunglasses on and a drink in hand, you’ll be glad you did.

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Take the Indoors Outdoors

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1. Take the Indoors Outdoors

Your garden patio can be a valuable space, extending your living area outside of the constraints of your home. Why not supply an outdoor patio with all the comforts of indoor living? You can sit back and relax with the right furnishings

Start with a good, weatherproof couch and chairs for seating. Add in side tables of metal or ceramic and make it warm and inviting with lighting and cushions. You can even add outdoor plants in pots for a spot of life!

Even a radio or television can be hung up for a true living room – as long as it’s set into a weatherproof solution! Otherwise, you’ll be dragging it in each time there is a hint of unpleasant weather instead of enjoying yourself.

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2. A Place to Read

Sometimes the best way to relax is to curl up with a good book. In the summer, you can take your reading material outside, whether it’s a newspaper, book, or e-book! Your garden patio will allow you to take in the warm temperatures along with some entertainment or education. A reading nook is easy to create. All you will need is a comfortable chair and good lighting.

Then, why not add some beautiful flowers in colourful pots to brighten up your space or use some simple greenery to make you feel like your book is transporting you somewhere tropical.

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3. Make It Bright and Colourful

When you’re searching for top garden patio ideas keep in mind that your garden patio should be anything but boring. Colour is an easy way to spice it up and make it a more inviting space. Give your existing patio furniture a fresh new look with paint. Try bold colours like blue, red, or yellow for a summery feel or, if you need new furniture, find products that are in the palette you want.

Aim for a monochrome scheme for a tied together look or, stick with a neutral like white, black, or brown with one or two colours as your accents. If you want to be truly bold, go for a full rainbow to create a unique and bright outdoor space.

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4. Sunbathers Paradise

If you love the sun, you’ll want a garden patio that helps you get a tan this summer! Choose an area that receives the most light in your yard to claim for your space. Select plants for your patio to fill in some of the gaps and feel like you’re on a private island. Cactuses or succulents love the sun and don’t require too much water for upkeep.

Set up a chaise or outdoor lounger that makes it easy to lie out and catch some rays. Just make sure that your chaise doesn’t get too hot in the sun or it could turn into a painful experience. You can also add an umbrella for the days when the sun is just too much. This also adds a pop of colour and height to your garden patio! more
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