as I contemplate buying a place, my parents have also offered to help…. the only reason I have enough savings right now is because they bought me a car, which was totalled, and which I was reimbursed for from my insurance… and I have not yet bought a new car. So, they will probably loan me money to put a sizeable dent in the house or car fund. I am a frugal person AND moving to a low CoL area with a raise. That helps too.