My FH and I have been living with his family for the last two and a half years. There are five of us living in his parents' mobile home. Us, his parents, and his younger sister who is in college. We recently got engaged, after spending the last two years penny pinching to pay off his (completely ridiculous) purchase of a brand new, $20,000 car. Last month we FINALLY managed to drain our entire savings and pay it off. (It's nice being rid of a $400/month car payment when you only make about $10/hour).
Now, we're back to scrimping and saving to try to come up with a down payment for a home (renting in our area is almost prohibitive, since, we can get a one bedroom apartment here for the price of a mortgage on a 4-bedroom house - with nothing included.)
I have a dead-end retail job that I loathe, but job security there, in that I've been there for three years and have been a reliable employee. I don't plan on being there forever, but I plan on finding something else before I leave.
Between the stress of my terrible job, the unbearable excitement of being nearly free, and the claustrophobia of living with five other people (especially when our bedroom - the only source of privacy - is like, 6X10. No exaggeration.), I'm beginning to wonder if we should just move now and rent. (Though, it would be sooooo hard to save up. In the last month, we've already managed to get $7k saved up.) Or should I suck it up and enjoy the savings of living with the inlaws when we're nearly half-way to down-payment-land.