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A young couple managed to save $65,000 in just over a year to buy their dream home - as they reveal their top tips on how to squirrel cash away.
Natasha Osborne, 23, and her partner Dylon Memen, 27, are adding the finishing touches to their home in Salisbury North, north of Adelaide, that they recently snapped up for $400,000.
The pair put down a 5 per cent deposit on the three-bedroom house and are replacing the floorboards and slapping on some new paint before they move in.
The couple, who both work as pick packers, preparing orders for shipments, spent the past 14 months writing every single expenditure down in a diary, even when they spent just 50c.
'We sacrificed a lot, we never went out, we'd go to friends' houses, or we'd stay in and play board games or video games,' Ms Osborne told Daily Mail Australia.
The pair have been dating for under two years but always knew they wanted to get into the housing market as quickly as possible.
Natasha Osborne, 23, and her partner Dylon Memen, 27, are adding the finishing touches to their home in Salisbury North, north of Adelaide, that they recently snapped up for $400,000
They were able to move back home with Ms Osborne's parents, but still contributed about $200 weekly for rent, bought groceries, and paid for bills.
- Staying home, avoiding nights out and playing board games instead
- Bulk buy groceries and purchase meat only when it's on clearance
- Choose which supermarkets are cheaper
- Keep a diary of every expenditure no matter how small
- Eat meals at home, meal prep
- Fill up extra cans of fuel to save on prices
- Buy non-branded items at supermarkets
- Purchase clothes from op-shops
'Every week, I'd go to the markets and get all my fruit and vegetables and do a big meal prep,' the 23-year-old said.
'I'd cook everything and freeze it. With all the rising prices for food it saved us quite a bit.'
The pair also tried to buy non-branded products and would only ever buy meat