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Tips for Living Affordably in a Micro-Apartment or Tiny Home

Tiny houses and micro-apartments have been growing in popularity over the last several years, but saw a surge in trendiness during the pandemic. A recent survey by IPX1031, a Fidelity National Financial company, found that 56% of respondents would consider living in a tiny home. Among the primary appeals of occupying one of these itsy bitsy domiciles is the affordability. According to Rocket Homes, a tiny home costs an average of between $30,000 and $60,000 — much less than a traditional starter home that can go for a couple hundred thousand bucks more.

A smaller space also can lead to lower lifestyle and monthly costs.

“Tiny living usually helps us save on the major expenses like housing costs and utilities when compared to living in a typical home,” said Bri Bell of Frugal Minimalist Kitchen, who lives in a tiny home. “It also helps us curb impulse spending on unnecessary things for the simple reason that there just isn’t room to put more things.”

Lack of Storage Could Lead To Spending More on Food and Handiwork

But big savings and tiny living don’t automatically go hand in hand. For instance, you might notice yourself spending more on food.

“If your kitchen is extra small or not particularly functional, you might end up eating out more because cooking meals at home is really difficult due to the space constraints,” Bell said. “If you have control over the design of your space, try to take that into consideration.”

You may also not have the space to store food in bulk. To tackle this problem, Melanie Hartmann, co-founder of Dreams Built In, recommends upping your coupon game and taking advantage of supermarket sales.

Additionally, Hartmann said the number of tools and supplies you are able to store in a small living space can be quite limited.

“You may find yourself spending more money renting tools or hiring professionals to complete household repairs than you might if you had space to store these tools yourself,” Hartmann said. “To cut down on these costs, you could borrow a neighbor’s tools and do the work yourself or offer your time to mow a neighbor’s lawn or babysit their kids in exchange for them doing some handyman work on your house.”

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