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.


What’s the average rent in major cities?

In recent years, the urban housing crisis has made living in cities less affordable for more people. Here’s how you can save on rent.

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How to live on your own: A complete guide

Living on your own for the first time can be both exciting and scary. Keep reading for our guide on how to live alone.


How Much of Your Monthly Income Should Go to Rent?

The main question on everybody’s mind is how much they can afford to pay on rent. Here’s how to calculate it for yourself.


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.


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.


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.