You may remember that in times of random, uh, randomness, I tend to sell things. Like, oh, say, my house.
Well. Has anyone seen gas prices lately? Yes? Right.
GOODBYE SUV loveliness. Hello practicality.
But I’ve skipped ahead.
A week ago I did the math on what I was spending for my car. This totally included the car payment and the gas each month. The total was over $1000.
And then my head exploded.
I had a lovely car. Really. Very cool. Very now. Totally tricked out. It was a nice car. A nice car that cost way too much and thanks to the lovely taxes levied upon the oil & gas companies (*cough* RED STATE *cough*) it was time to make a tough decision. It was time to sell.
Hmmm… sell a huge SUV with moderate gas mileage in the middle of rising gas prices? An interesting challenge. But, it was worth a shot, right? What’s the worst that could happen? “NO”? Whatever.
So, I listed it. For what I owed (no sense getting greedy). I got two phone calls within a week. And I was amazed. One family was truly interested and we negotiated for a day or so and, well, it sold. She paid a little more than she wanted to and I lost a little bit, but in the end? Wow. I sold it. Husband thinks I should write a book. He also worries I might sell other things out from under him and regularly checks his ass now.
And today I did something I’ve never done before. I bought a car on the internet sight unseen. (Okay, I had test driven a similar car earlier, but didn’t lay hands or eyes on this particular one.) And you know what? I’m thrilled.
I cut my payment to shreds. The car gets great gas mileage without succumbing to the tree-hugging (and expensive!) hybrids – and it’s fast and fun. Fifty gazillion other people own this car so I am squarely in ho hum America by owning this, but man, it sure feels good to get the budget back on track again.
There is one small problem, though. Benjamin has gotten used to the fact that a DVD player was part of his daily commute. This is no longer the case. The whining has reached Olympic skill levels.
Perhaps with the money I’m saving I can buy some more wine for the whine.