Okay, I will go into the long answer too.
Two years ago we had two cars. This was not working for us. The sailors car mostly just sat parked in front of our house waiting to be
Our van on the other hand was a very useful part of our family and visited half of the United States and a whole other country. The van was our first new car together. It was dependable, and brought home our son safely from the hospital and continued to keep us safe for over seven years. It was also paid off.
Then we decided to do something about our situation. Why were we paying for this car that we never used? And the van in all of its value was not capable in our new "getin' old fast" snowy conditions. (Can you tell I am sick of winter?) We needed a four wheel drive automobile, so we traded in both of our vehicles for one. We also got a car payment. We do have less expenses obviously, like registration, insurance, maintenance and gas.
Even with it making sense to only have one car, it was a hard decision to make. That programing of you must have two cars was in our heads. It is a good time to mention I am glad I have woken up from my brainwashing. Things seem to make more sense now, than before my awakening from a debt coma. (unless I am just assimilated the other way now) In the end sanity won (I think) and we made the decision and haven't looked back.
This situation works for us now, but it isn't always going to be convenient to only have one car. Until then we will enjoy the savings having only one car provides and prepare for buying another car, which will not be a brand new one. (Is that the brainwashing talking?)
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