We Are Paying Off $200K of Safety and Saving to Get a House


Notice the way the few in Minnesota earning roughly $100K/year is managing a recent fall in earnings since they set their sights on purchasing their own property.

Welcome to YNAB Money Snapshots–in which you find a real image of somebody else’s budget and financing. They are all anonymous, since sharing cash remains a squirrelly issue for quite a few, but we believe airing them out at the open makes you better with your money narrative. 

As you browse those budgets, remember that a number of people today earn a great deal of cash and a few people today earn just a bit of money, but we know that it’s exactly what you perform with this money and the way you sense about that cash means more than any annual salary. 


  • Names: Reggie & Lisa
  • Ages: 26 & 27
  • Location: Minnesota
  • Jobs: IT Product Owner | Epidemiology Consulting
  • Living scenario: We are DINKs (Dual-Income, No Kids). We moved in with my wife’s parents in November 2019 to pay debt off faster and save for a home. They’re nice enough not to charge us for lease, utilities, or even most food.

Revenue: $95,600

Our earnings was 165,600/year pre-pandemic, but fell by $70,000 as my wife was recently laid off because of the pandemic.

Savings: $88,800

  • Retirement balances (401K & IRAs): $74,000
  • HSA: $6 ),400
  • Cash on hand: $8 ),400

Funding: $50,000

June Inflows: $9,838

  • Payroll: $3,729
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): $6,108
  • SoFi: $1. 36 (yearly interest paid outside )

June Budget

Our Month

Coronavirus has made the past couple of months quite different for all of us. But especially the past month, my wife lost her job, so all her”income” is from unemployment benefits. My firm has a one-day-a-week furlough for all workers, which reduces my cover by 20percent –but my firm qualifies for a Chat Work schedule that supplements a part of my lost salary with unemployment benefits. 

My car also determined it would be a fantastic month to perish, but thankfully I am working from home so that I will not require a brand new car for awhile.

” Our Story

I graduated college in 2015 using a bachelor’s level and $80,000 in student loan debt. My wife graduated school in 2017 using a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and $100,000 in student loan debt. From now we got married in late 2017, I had a $13,000 auto loan, plus we funded different wedding costs for $1,000.

So with $200K at total debt, we determined early on that we wanted to become debt-free and take significant actions to arrive. We’re blessed to have great income, so we began pouring cash into our loans employing the debt snowball procedure. 

We did not reside on a bare-bones lifestyle of rice and beans, but we didn’t spend money on lots of these”extras” We mostly used Mint to funding and keep track of financing, but finally realized the advantages of YNAB and changed over. 

Using YNAB was tremendously useful and assisted us funding better than we did with Mint. From the conclusion of 2019, we paid off half of our debt and had roughly $100K abandoned. We also decided in late 2019 to proceed with my spouse’s very-kind parents that aren’t charging us anything to live within their residence.

The time of going into my in-law’s home could not have been more ideal. My wife lost her job as a result of coronavirus pandemic and my cover was cut 20%. However, the combination of decreased spending because of the pandemic, residing together with my in-laws, getting unemployment benefits, and all of the loans being set in forbearance has enabled us to reduce our debt to about $50K.

We have continued to invest in our loans while they’re in forbearance, but we decided to begin saving for a home earlier than expected. My first aim was to reside together with my in-laws for one more season to finish paying off the remaining $50K and begin saving for a home, but we really made a decision to change gears. Our objective is to discover a home within 4-6 weeks!

On Living With My In-Laws

There was a random afternoon when we were performing our funding and realized just how much faster we can repay our debt by not paying 1500/month in rent and utilities. We have been focused on paying off debt because we got married, but for some reason that this dialog got us quite inspired.

My in-laws just dwelt 15 minutes away from us so that we spoke about it:

  • Can we cope with them?
  • Can they’re open to it?

We sat down together and asked what they believed. To our surprise, they fairly quickly said . They have been quite generous, so although we offered to cover themthey stated they did not need anything for lease, utilities, or even food.

Since we live here at no cost, we help a lot around the home to make sure we show our admiration and do not make it a load for us to be here. We built the Whole basement until we moved into it, we helped construct a huge retaining wall and patio in the tub, I cook for your family at least a Couple of Days Each Week, I have helped replace the water heater, also we do overall cleaning, dishes, and etc.

In case you are Considering moving in with your parents, here is my advice that I learned along the way:

1) Do not go home indefinitely. Establish a time frame. It enables you to accomplish your targets and your parents will love that you are not likely to live together forever (our deadline was two years).

2) Have the dialogue concerning bounds before you proceed in. We differ considerably in my in-laws in several facets in life, but since we now have our own different space in the home and talked about respecting each others’ area, we have managed to remain sane and be on quite good terms together. And do not forget to discuss societal boundaries also –simply as you stay at home does not mean that you always need to consume and hangout together.

3) If it is possible to provide physical labour or chores to get a discount on food, rent, and utilities, then it is well worthwhile. It saves you a whole lot of money and helps reveal that you are not merely a burden.

4) Strategy to be frugal. You do not need to live like a poor college student, but in addition it does not help you to move home if you are not likely to place most or all your savings toward your objective. Plan a night or little holiday every once in a while, but keep your end goal in your mind and also make it a priority when it comes to budgeting.

Our Financial Goals

  • Pay off the residual $50,000 of student loan debt
  • Purchase a brand new car (mine expired last month)
  • Save cash for a home and continue over the next 4-6 weeks

My car gave out in May, however my firm said we’re operating from home via the close of the calendar year, thus we decided to stick with sharing a single car for today and put off getting a different car before early 2021. 

The supreme purpose is to be debt-free therefore we place the majority of our additional cash toward that. We only paid off $25,000 private loan, therefore we’ve just under $50K at complete debt left!

To get a home, I guess we will need roughly $15-$20K and we are saving this at a sinking fund for your down payment and closing prices. We are searching for something closer to my own job using a two-car garage and possible for a DIY job. We are pretty easy, so we’re totally fine redoing a kitchen, bath, cellar, etc.. The home does not need to look pretty, simply have possible! 

I’d rate my present financial predicament: 4/5

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