Country living vs urban living. It’s a choice that many of us find ourselves making (unless of course we opt for suburban living which offers us a little bit of both worlds). Do we want to live in a sprawling cityscape surrounded by the conveniences and luxuries (and over-inflated rental prices) of urban living? Or do we head out to the country to enjoy a gentler way of family life amidst the myriad beauty of the natural world?.
There’s no definitive right answer, of course. It’s all a matter of personal taste and dependant on your personal circumstances. Nonetheless, country living can have some real advantages for those keeping a watchful eye on their budget, as well as the mental health benefits of living close to an area of incredible natural beauty like Wyndham Ridge estate.
Take a look at these reasons why rural dwellers actually save a great deal more than even their thriftiest urban counterparts…
You shop less often and in bulk
When you live in the country, going to the shops can take a great deal longer for you than those in the city and the suburbs. Thus, you’re likely to go shopping less often and when you do, you shop in greater bulk. This gives you an opportunity to take advantage of multi-buy offers while also making you consider more carefully what you buy.
Alternatively, you may want to shop online. This in itself can be more cost effective as you think more carefully about what you buy and you’re less swayed by impulse buying than you would be if you were physically in-store. I know I am guilty of being a massive impulse buyer!.
You’re far less likely to order take out
The urban jungle is awash with culinary temptations. If you live in a city centre apartment you can easily go weeks without cooking and yet never get bored. With facilities like Deliveroo and UberEats, urbanites all over the planet have quick and easy access to restaurant quality foods.
While this can open up grand avenues of culinary adventure, it can really stretch the budget (not to mention the waistline).
Country dwellers, on the other hand, will find it far harder to find a takeaway outlet that will deliver to their more remote location. Thus, they’re far more likely to cook for themselves easing the strain on their budget without missing out on great food.
Childcare costs are lower
Gone are the days where the majority of households have only one working parent. It’s a reality for most families that both parents work, and this in turn makes childcare costs an unavoidable necessity. However, rural areas tend to have more affordable childcare and since providers are smaller with fewer overheads, you’re likely to get a high standard of childcare without being charged when they do not attend. What’s more, you’ll find it’s a lot more affordable to get a babysitter when you live in the country.
You’re far less likely to throw money away on the little things
Finally, it’s almost never the big costs that keep us from meeting our budgetary goals. It’s the little things. The latte we treat ourselves to on the way to work Monday morning. The fast food we get on our lunch break. The sushi we get on the way home. These things are so readily available in the city that it’s really hard to resist temptation.
However, all these little costs every week can add up to a great deal and eat into your budget more than you may think!