Here's what they did.
1. Stopped smoking
2. No more Happy Hours with friends after work
3. Started cooking for friends rather than eating out. Entertaining at home saved a fortune.
4. Stopped buying new clothes
5. Saved tax refund checks
6. One spouse took a bank job and they banked that salary and lived on the income from the free-lance web design income.
7. Halted buying new gadgets and other stuff for the house.
Whenever they wanted to buy drinks, gadgets or cookware, they asked each other: “Do I want an iPod or a house? Do I want a latte or a house?”
--New York Times
Without parental assistance, the couple saved about almost $100,000 from 2002 through 2006.
Here's are the numbers: "In 2002, they saved their $3,000 tax return and another $5,000 between them."
Over the next two years, they each saved $15,000.By 2005, they thought about using their accumulated $38,000 in savings for a down payment. When they realized that they couldn’t afford anything, Mr. Agüero got a job at a bank and saved his entire annual take-home income of about $40,000. They lived off Ms. Lee’s salary. That drove their savings up to $78,000. By 2006, they had saved another $20,000, which pushed their savings up to $98,000.
The New York Times article also included other stories about the home-savings plan used by other people, including a single woman. Very helpful reading.
The Frugal Duchess Booktique
The Frugal Duchess of Beauty Store
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The Poetry & Drama Queen
Frugal Jazz & Blues
Frugal Comic Book Connection