We all love having guests to stay. It’s satisfying to open your home to the people that mean the most. It’s a sure way to strengthen already strong bonds and share the life you have. And, when you’re trying to operate long-distance friendships, it’s the best way to spend a decent amount of time together. In short; it’s a wonderful experience all around.
That said, there is one downfall. Whether guests stay for one night or a week, it can be an expensive pursuit. You need to stock the fridge, as well as providing entertainment and lodging. Hotels charge hundreds for the same service! Of course, no one’s suggesting that you should charge your friends for the privilege of staying. That would undo all the above benefits. But, it is worth thinking about ways to host for cheap. Otherwise, the joy of hosting could turn into an expenditure nightmare.
The good news is, there are many ways to save. And, the first step is to admit just how much you spend on an average guest weekend. The chances are that the amount will surprise you. Consider meals out, the food you bought, and activities you paid for. If the amount is painful, these pointers will save the same happening again next time.
Forget the guest room
Before guests even arrive, the majority of us spend ludicrous amounts on spare beds which rarely get used, and wardrobes which stand empty. If you haven’t yet stocked your spare room, don’t do it. If you have, consider selling the furniture to see some return on your money. In truth, there’s no need to spend vast amounts in a spare room. The space will get used so rarely that you could just invest in a cheap daybed, or make your own. The chances are your guests would even be happy with an air mattress on the floor. Or, you could invest in a cheap corner sofa bed like the ones found at PoL Furniture. That way, you can put the purchase to practical use between guests. It may seem strange not offering top quality accommodation, but your guests aren’t visiting because of the luxury you provide. They’re coming to see you, and they get to do that no matter what they’re sleeping on. The chances are that your guests won’t even blink an eye at the change in quality.
Put a cap on the food you buy
Obviously, feeding a few extra mouths is going to cost you a little bit more than you’re used to. But, there’s no need for that amount to be extortionate. The majority of us provide a hotel standard food selection, on top of the luxury accommodation. So, it’s no wonder that our food bills skyrocket when we have guests to stay. Instead of stocking up on a selection of snacks and goodies, just buy what you need for meals. If you can’t do without snacks altogether, buy a few packs of cheap crisps. The chances are that they won’t even get eaten. If you’re cooking meals, there’s little chance your guests will have time to snack. To keep things under control, put a limit on how much you’ll spend on food for the weekend and stick to it. It’s the best way to make you think twice before adding that unnecessary expense.