Category: saving


Experience Of My First Day Without A Car.

So, as mentioned in multiple posts in the past, we were contemplating getting rid of one of our cars because I work from home and barely ever need a car to get around. Well, today is Day #1 of me not having a car at all, and so far so good. (Yea, I know, it’s only one day.) My wife is driving the Mini to work and school and I hoofed it today to the post office, the bank, the library and the grocery store. All in all, it took only about 1.5 hours to do all this and it was nice to get outside and walk around.


Carnival Of Personal Finance #92 Comes Cruising Along.


This morning, Lazy Man and Money has put together the 92nd Carnival of Personal Finance, and it looks to be a doozy.  Part one of my series about buying a new car was included and there were a ton of other interesting reads. A few particularly I enjoyed:

Consumerism Commentary wants you to know the real cost of owning a home.  Be sure to read this if you think it is only the mortgage you have to worry about.


Thinking Of Going Hybrid? Now Might Be The Time.

If you have been contemplating purchasing a hybrid car, now might be the time, at least according to  While we are in the process of getting rid of one car altogether, with gas prices going up and tax incentives going down, if we were buying a car, we would definitely go hybrid.  But for now, my hybrid will be my feet or my bike.  From CNNMoney:

Once a given manufacturer sells more than 60,000 credit-eligible
vehicles, tax credits for that company’s vehicles start being reduced
and ultimately eliminated….For example, because Toyota is past the sales limit, the tax credit
for purchasing a Prius has dropped to $1,575, from $3,150 in September
2006. Next month, it will be halved again, to $787.50.


Selling One Car This Weekend, Keeping The Mini.

So we have made a decision. In reference to previous posts about getting rid of one of our cars, we have decided to sell my wife’s car and keep my Mini that I rarely drive anyway. She has taken the Mini to work this morning, and I will be taking her car over to the detailer to have it cleaned up. Lucky for us, we already sold it to a friend of ours, so that part of the headache is over. We decided to keep the newer car even if it costs us more per month as A. we like it more than her car, B. it is still fully covered under warranty, and C. well, it is a Mini. Most fun car I have ever owned, even better than my 2 Audi’s I had back in the day and my GTI.


Thursday Morning Money – No Sleep Edition

Turns out I did quite a lot of snoring last night; enough, in fact, that my wife went and slept on the couch for 3 hours in the middle of it. Strange, as I don’t really snore (according to her)…but I feel very tired today. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing, just felt like sharing. Here are some of my favorite posts from the last couple of days:

I Will Teach You To Be Rich has a message for marketers with useless messages.

Blueprint For Financial Responsibility has an interesting post about furniture quality and the “three tiers”. Check out the comments as well.

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