When I was married (traded the hubby for 3 horses), we owner financed a farm from a family friend. When we got separated, I couldn't afford it on my own so I gave it back. Now I'm saving money. Have a Labrador Retriever kennel, and while I'm not a backyard breeder, I show and do hunt trials with my dogs, so when I do breed the dogs, rather than spending the money from selling the puppies, it goes into savings and I don't touch it. With 4 female dogs, I breed each one once a year if she clears her vet checks and does well showing that year, and usually make between $5000-$10,000 per litter... I could buy a place right now and just be done with it, but I want to buy the land and build from the ground up, so, I'm waiting.
That being said, not everyone can have a kennel, I'm grateful that my grandparents put up with all my dogs!
Just save money whenever and wherever you can, and don't touch it until you are about to buy your place... Everynight, put your spare change from the day into a jar, when the jar is full, deposit it in with your savings account... It's amazing how fast spare change adds up!