My husband and I have been very frugal the last five years. We wanted to get out of debt, and we also wanted to save for a down payment on a house. It took three years to get out of debt living this way, and another two years for our down payment. We found the most charming house the first day we started looking for our forever home, and the closing went fast. The nice thing about this house is that the only thing we needed to do before moving in was to hire the cheapest locksmith in Brisbane.
Living so frugally for most of our married lives is what made this the rule rather than the exception. We knew that there would be a wide range of prices amongst the local locksmiths for doing the same work. No matter who we hired, that locksmith was going to put new locks on our front door, our back door, and the gate. (more…)