Financial benefits for our cohousing community.
We spend less as a community because we gather together to maintain our property rather than paying outside contractors. Working together builds relationships and skills and leaves us with money to buy things that benefit the whole community. The choices we’ve made to reduce our energy usage also reduce utility bills for our common property.
Financial benefits for me.
I spend less living in cohousing because I need less. When I need a thing for just a few uses, I borrow it instead of buying. I don’t drive as much because so many things that I care about are already here. With my need for socialization and connection fulfilled, I’m not as tempted by internet shopping or impulsive purchases. I also save money from our efforts to reduce our use of energy and water. The house itself may cost about the same as other homes, but living in it sure doesn’t.