If you’re in the market for a new home or just quietly considering taking the big leap onto the property ladder, you’re no doubt saving to get your deposit together.
 
Parkside, a stylish new development of three and four bedroom houses situated in Dublin 13, is being launched on Thursday, 24th September, and with prices starting from €299,000 it is just too good of an opportunity to miss out on.
Located in a superbly landscaped setting beside Father Collins Park, just off the Malahide Road, this new development features beautiful A-rated family homes. And with a number of shops and parks within walking distance, you’ll need to be quick to nab one of these gorgeous red brick houses.
 
If you are trying to save for a deposit, the following ten tips will help you put even more money aside.
 
Smart spending
The next time you’re in a dressing room trying to decide whether or not you should buy that top, remember the Rule of Three.
Do you already have at least three items you can wear it with? Will you definitely wear it three times or more within the next three weeks/months? If the answer is yes to those questions, then it won’t be a waste of money. Otherwise just put it back.
 
Online cash injection
Websites like Irish Opinions pay people to fill in surveys relevant to their interests. You might get €1.50 - €3 per survey, but it quickly adds up.
You can withdraw the total amount anytime you wish. It won’t be paid in cash but rather in the form of a voucher for a shop such as Boots.  
 
Freebies
If you are serious about saving, then sites such as jumbletown.ie, freetradeireland.ie and freebiesireland.com are a godsend as you can pick up useful items for free!     
 
Deals
Coupons can save you a lot more than you realise. Ever heard of Jordan Cox? He’s the British teenager who made headlines when he paid just 4p for £600 worth of groceries in Tesco. The coupons he collected covered the rest of the bill!  
 
Depop your wardrobe
Sell off your unwanted clothes on Depop. This is a free-to-join app where you can buy and sell clothes, shoes and accessories.
To improve your chances of making a sale, take bright clear photographs of the items, provide plenty of details and be realistic with your prices.  
 
Make money from your spare room
If you have a decent spare room in your apartment or house, then why not consider renting it out to tourists on Airbnb?
 
Negotiate
Take a look over your bills and see which ones you can renegotiate. Car and home insurance are two areas where you should haggle for the best deal possible.
 
Supermarket own brands
Supermarket own-brands cost a fraction of the price and some of them taste the very same as their famous cousins, if not better.
 
Save the change
Develop a habit of emptying all your loose change into a money jar each evening and let it build up over the course of a year. Throw in a few notes when you can.  
Depending on how well you stick to the routine, you could end up with anything from a few hundred euro to a few thousand. Either way, it’s a nice addition to the deposit fund. 
 
No more needless spending
People are always shocked when they add up how much they spend on things such as magazines and coffee over the course of a year.
If you are really dedicated to saving for a deposit, then forgoing your daily coffee won’t feel so bad.

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