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5 ways you can save money by house sitting

House sitters enjoy many benefits even if they do not own a house. With house sitting they can save money from renting, buying food and travel expenses.



There are many benefits to house sitting, whether you’re taking care of a friend’s house across town while they’re on holiday for the weekend or house sitting at a stranger’s house in another country. Either way, the biggest advantage to house sitting is saving money, and we’re going to go through just some ways that you can do that.

Here are five ways you can save money by house sitting:

1. Rent

This is the most obvious way you can save money by house sitting, especially if this is something you do long-term. In fact, there are some people that are full-time house sitters and don’t even have their own flat, which means they’re able to save thousands of dollars every year by living in other people’s homes.

One of the biggest advantages to saving on rent is that many times, you get to live in a home or flat that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford even if you wanted to live there. This gives you the opportunity to live in a luxurious home that might cost you tens of thousands of dollars every year that you get to stay in rent-free!

2. Holidays

House sitting is a common way that people save money while on holiday by staying in someone’s home instead of paying for a hotel or a room somewhere else. If you’re looking for a way to save money while on holiday, there’s no better way than house sitting. It will also help you more quickly immerse yourself in local culture and can help you save money in other ways as well.

3. Food

There are actually a couple of ways that you can save money on food while house sitting. First of all, if it’s a short stay, then most people will leave their food behind and encourage you to help yourself, so it doesn’t go bad while they’re away. This lets you save money by avoiding buying food. In fact, sometimes, you can completely avoid buying any food while house sitting if their fridge and pantry are well-stocked.

Aside from rent, you can also save money from food while house sitting. (Source)

Aside from rent, you can also save money from food while house sitting. (Source)

The other way you can save money on food while house sitting is if you are doing so on holiday. Eating out can get expensive fast, and cooking isn’t usually an option while staying at a hotel. However, when you’ve got full access to a kitchen, you can pop into any local grocery store or the market to pick up anything you need, and then cook at home, and avoid paying to eat out for every meal.

4. Travel

Although not always true, many homeowners will allow a house sitter to have access to their vehicle while they’re gone. This is great news for someone that normally relies on public transportation as they will then have an easy way to get around town without having to pay for cabs, trains or buses. Since gas is the only expense you’ll have with a borrowed car, you can travel freely while saving money.

If you’re house sitting as a way to travel for holidays, then having access to a car is a great way to be able to freely explore the area you’re staying in and can get you off the beaten path to find hidden gems that only locals typically know about. When driving yourself in an unfamiliar area, make sure you have a GPS or another way to find your way around without getting too lost.

5. Household goods

Those who are full-time house sitters will be able to save money on household goods because they don’t have to buy their own. This could include everything from plates and spoons to paper towels. They also can get access to a number of expensive appliances that they might not be able to afford on their own, which allows them to enjoy things they don’t have to pay for.

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Brittnay was an HR professional in London before making the move to Dublin. Now she is a consultant who spends her time exploring the beautiful canals, food and beaches of Dublin. She loves to capture her love of food on The Nut Butter Hub & her adventures of house sitting on The Travelling House Sitters.