Our income is good, but we don’t spend money like water

I’m very careful, cook at home, don’t take vacations, shop sales, etc. Believe me, our income situation would look a lot different if our rent wasn’t almost $3,000! We have to make more money just to look even on all the other categories. Also our health care costs are high almost $1,000 a month.
My utilities, car payment, car ins, gas, and food costs are about the same as others, but my rent is the kicker. Another reason why owning my own house looks so good. At least if I owned a house, I’d be reducing a debt rather than just spinning my wheels.
I am thankful, though that we have a roof over our heads. It’s a nice 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath house, but in So CA certainly not as nice as that rent amount would get you in a different part of the country.