Trying to stretch your cash? We can help. This page features our best real-deal budgeting advice, with tips, tricks, and life hacks to help you live large on a small budget.

Here at Common, we’re no stranger to savvy budgeting. With our beautiful coliving homes, you get an affordable private room in the most vibrant, fast-growing neighborhoods across the country (think New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle). In other words, we’re already make city living more cost-effective for thousands of Common members - these budgeting tips are just icing on the cake. Check back often to see our latest stories on smart money management, and browse the Common blog for must-reads on all things city living.

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10 things housemates should always buy in bulk to save money

Living with roommates doesn’t only save you money by splitting rent. Many household necessities can be bought cheaper in bulk. Here are 10 to consider splitting on your next shopping trip.


How to live like an A-lister in Hollywood on an assistant’s budget

Living in the Home of the Stars doesn’t mean you have to drain your savings account. Keep reading to see how you can live like a celebrity in Hollywood on a budget!


The Unexpected (and Surprisingly High) Costs of Living Alone

Living alone is incredibly expensive — exponentially more expensive than sharing a home with others. Here are the reasons why.


Budget swaps that will make your life in the city more enjoyable

Saving money and getting into the habit of smart spending doesn’t have to be hard. Keep reading to learn about some day-to-day budget swaps you can make.


Affordable housing 101

The housing current crisis can be confusing! Here is a guide on all things affordable housing in cities and what “affordability” truly means.