Resourcefulness

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Get used to being resourceful. In fact, work your tiny little butt off at being resourceful all the way through your entire rental future.

This can range from budget shopping, to actually looking around for a better deal instead of taking the first item you see, to haggling when you actually are purchasing something.

Below are a few tips for the utterly resourceful:

  • Budget shop. Check out the Aldi link on the home page, you can find some amazingly cheap items at Aldi that will switch your weekly shopping allocation from 160 dollars down to 90. They’re opening more and more branches in Australia every week. For clothes shopping try DFO (Direct Factory Outlet). You can find some amazingly cheap bargains at these stores.
  • Bulk buy. Try Costco. You pay low, low prices because everything is bought in bulk. Everything. If you have the storage space and/or a large freezer as well as a large initial capital behind you in moving out, head to Costco first.
  • Search around. You think you’ve found an amazing deal at Dick Smith when you find a Dell laptop for 700 dollars, not realising that the computer store around the corner has the same laptop for 550. You don’t help yourself by not calling around searching for the best deal.
  • Wait for EYFS (End year financial sale) This comes around June/July every year with a lot of stores. Be on the look out for any stores.
  • Shop at your local market. We live closest to the Preston and the Camberwell markets and there are some amazing deals on everything from fruits to suits. Don’t be afraid to step out of your shopping comfort zone, often you’ll find a much better deal.
  • Haggle. Haggle like hell. Don’t walk in and pay the price on the sign. Ask how much you can get off, and when you’ve done that, ask for a further 50. Every dollar you save goes back in your pocket.
  • Keep your warranties. There’s nothing worse than taking something home, realising it doesn’t work, trying to take it back and failing because you didn’t keep the warranty.
  • Swap meets. These guys cover anything from computers to lingerie. Normally not in the same market for obvious reasons. You can find some great deals at Swap meets, just remember to take your own things too.
  • Trading Post. It’s online but I rarely see it in shops anymore. Just be aware that unlike a shop, you won’t get a warranty on the item unless it’s explicitly stated.

These are just a few of many. Get used to trying to find the cheapest thing you can. Don’t rely on the “honesty” of shop keepers to get you a good deal. You have to look for it yourself.

Good luck!

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The simple bare necessities-Kitchen

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Glory box, Treasure chest, Out of Home Kit, Starter Pack.

Call it what you will but before you move out of home you should always have some bare minimum, essential things. Not the big fridge, couch or table items. But the day-to-day items that make your life exponentially easier and simplify your time out of home.

Do NOT leave home without the below (unless of course you’re a minimalist- then you can leave home with a shirt, a pair of pants, one fork, and a swiss army knife!):

  • Cutlery, preferably a four pack
  • At least two plates, cups, bowls and saucers
  • A set of chux (dish cloths)
  • Scourer
  • Two tea towels
  • Can opener
  • One or two wooden spoons
  • A chef set (Spatula, slotted turner, salad turner, etc.)
  • One chef knife
  • Two chopping boards
  • Pan set (small, medium large at a minimum)
  • A baking tray
  • A baking dish
  • Glad wrap (No brand is fine)
  • Glad bake (No brand is fine)
  • Cooking spray
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • Corn Flour
  • 4 cup a soups
  • 8 cans of baked beans

The above items are what I consider to be the bare minimum of kitchen essentials. You can even get by on just a little less if you plan ahead (one large pan instead of small, medium and large for example).

I think a lot of young people have lost the art of the Glory Box (sounds dirty- it isn’t). It’s a simple way of ensuring your first week at your new place isn’t spent hungry because you can’t cook any of the food you’ve bought.

My first week out of home I shifted into a place that had all the above, but I kept the Glory Box. When my first move went badly (lasted a month), I came home, moved out again and took the Glory Box. I’d of struggled in my first week if it wasn’t for that little treasure trove of kitchen goodies.

Start early, get it together, when you move out you won’t regret having these things “back up ready”.

Humble Beginnings

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Start small. Start cheap.

Don’t expect to head off from home and enter into a decadent place with lavish furniture and beautiful decor. It’s just not going to happen. Well… unless you’re a lucky Trust Fund Baby.

In the first stages of your renting history you should search for a place that you can afford and then some. If you have a weekly income of approximately five to six hundred dollars then don’t head out and grab yourself a four hundred dollar a week place (unless you’re sharing the cost). My general rule is approximately 25-35% of my weekly income should be allocated to rent.

If you are ever spending more than 50% of your weekly income on rent, you’re doing something terribly wrong.

Also, stick with the basics. When you move out initially you need the essentials not gorgeous designer furniture. The major basics include:

  • Fridge
  • Bed
  • Washing Machine (Unless there’s laundry facilities-but this can get expensive quickly)
  • Clothes Horse (Clothes Hanger) if you have a yard with a washing line then this is obsolete
  • One couch
  • A table (four seater minimum) with at least two chairs
  • A cupboard or tall boy for your clothes
  • TV/Computer with TV connectivity

This isn’t including your small necessities but you should have at least the above before you move out, even then you can knock items from the list. If you can’t afford a table, eat on your couch (just be careful), if you can’t afford a washing machine, use a laundromat etc. The items are listed according to importance. At a bare minimum you need a fridge, a bed, and a place to sit. You can accumulate the rest later.

If Minimalists can live with the bare minimum, you can too!