As we prepare to become a one income family, we’re looking at ways we can save ourselves more money. We’re already pretty frugal, but I’m convinced there are more things we could be doing. One of my recent ideas: becoming a one car family.
I know there are plenty of people who get by on one car, or no cars. But I’ve had my own car since I turned 16. (My first car was only a year newer than me, I bought it from my brother, and it quickly needed lots of repairs. I thought it would be a good idea to let my friends write all over the vinyl interior with sharpies. But, regardless, it was mine to drive when and where I wanted to.) So occasionally, the thought of going down to just one car and losing some of the convenience and control gives me slight heart palpitations.
To try to get some more information and calm my palpitations, I did what any normal person would and Googled “one car families.” I found some first-hand accounts of people who say it works. I think I’ll have to spend a little more time exploring this blog, as there’s a whole series on living as a one income family. And although we have been looking at an upgraded set-up for biking as a family, I don’t think we’ll be getting one of these any time soon.
You can ask my husband, I come up with some crazy ideas. Sometimes I talk myself out of them. Sometimes he talks me out of them. And sometimes we jump in and go for it. But after mulling it over for a few days, and doing my intense internet research, I feel like this doesn’t fall into the “crazy idea” category.
It will be a change. There will be an adjustment period. There might be days we question why we sold a perfectly good car. But in the end, I think it will be a positive change. We can use the money from selling a car to pay off our remaining debt. Our monthly expenses should be less without gas, maintenance costs and insurance for a second car. We will be forced to work exercise into our daily lives more – Aaron biking to work, walking C to school next year or hoofing it to a nearby park.
What do you think? Do you have experience being a one car family?