Can ditching avocados and Netflix really help you buy a home?

Property Reporter
21st February 2022
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Tax rises, inflation, and avocados. All barriers to homeownership, apparently. While eye-watering rises in the cost of living and tax hikes can understandably stop a first-time buyer in their tracks, could the same really be said for takeaway coffee and streaming services?

New research from GoCompare Home Insurance reveals whether cutting out these small costs could help you buy a home.

By cancelling their Netflix subscription, it would take a first-time buyer in Britain over 156 years to save up a 5% house deposit. Amounting to a small saving of just £72 per year, potential buyers would need to find an additional £10,540 if they were to amass the total cost in 10 years.

Further research from the insurance comparison site found that 29% of the lowest savers (putting away no more than £100 a month) never drank takeaway coffee. Meanwhile, only 16% of the highest savers (setting aside £400 or more a month) said they abstained from this expenditure.

Similarly, almost 30% of the lowest savers said they did not drink alcohol, compared to just 15% of the highest savers. Likewise, 28% of the lowest savers almost always cooked. This amount fell to 17% among the highest savers, showing that those who can save more, often also spend more.

Matt Sanders, mortgages expert at GoCompare, says: “In the current economic climate, the goalposts for young people trying to afford a house are moving further out of reach, with first-time buyers needing to save for an average of 10 years for a deposit.

“Our findings clearly disprove the idea that first-time buyers are unable to save due to reckless spending habits. Going forward, we must focus on providing realistic advice to empower young people with their finances, helping them to achieve financial independence and security.

“The first step is to have a goal in mind - through using tools such as GoCompare’s mortgage deposit calculator you can work out how much you’ll need to save. Then consider any government schemes that may benefit you. Being strict with your disposable income will go some ways to help you save up, but there is no need to sacrifice all of life's small pleasures.”

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