+1. The two biggest things you can do to reduce your training time and save money in getting your PPL or SP: 1) Fly frequently--I'd recommend 3 times per week. People who need to spread things out (because of their work schedule or finances) usually wind up spending many more hours and a lot more money to finish--if they finish at all. 2) Prepare in detail for each flight. You should have done your reading of the syllabus (or notes on what your instructor told you when you finished the last lesson) and be able to tell the instructor what you'll be doing in the air. Do the reading, and do "chair flying" of your pattern procedures, flight maneuvers, etc. Be prepared to ask questions of your instructor about what you read. You'll probably be tired after your flight time, but don't leave the briefing table without a firm understanding of what you need to do to prepare for your next lesson. An instructor that sees a motivated student will be motivated himself to get the most of each minute. If he sees a student who comes ill-prepared, he'll figure maybe money and efficiency isn't very important to you and behave accordingly. You don't know where this might lead, so I'd try to get instruction that will count toward a PPC in case you eventually decide you want to go that route. It can be hard to find LSA rental aircraft in some locations, and they are often more expensive than a trusty old Cessna 152. Good luck as you move ahead!