Well, we did it. Dave said to sell our car and be payment free, and we did it. We’ve been looking at selling since October when we first started Financial Peace University. We haven’t been awesome about following the program, but come January we decided to hit the budget with a renewed sense of vigor. So we started looking for potential cars. If you missed it, we even debated mini vans. Give me a minute……
Anywho, we’ve been looking and I even drove some vehicles to see what we really wanted and would still meet our needs. So Saturday I was stalking Craigslist and the dealer sites, as per usual, and found what we’ve been looking for. An older foreign car (they run forever) with three rows. So we went and drove it, and it drove perfect. Then we had to make the choice.
Were we really going to dip into our savings to buy a car and trade in our perfectly functional current one? Well, in the end the answer was yes. It felt weird downgrading. It’s definitely not part of our American culture, where we are so tied up in what we drive and wear and where we live. And believe me, I’ve felt the push back. Trading in the new car for one that is old seems bass-ackwards. But I can tell you this-signing that last piece of paperwork and knowing that I was not tied down to another bank-that feeling was priceless. I’m holding on to that feeling when what I really want to do is go buy dessert. But neither my belly or my bank account need it.
We’ve always been fairly good with our money. Not perfect by any means, but decent. It’s an adjustment though, living by Dave’s tagline of “Live like no one else so that you can live and give like no one else”. It’s definitely not what we’ve been indoctrinated to see as the usual. Not in my generation anyway. I feel it every time I walk to the parking lot with my students, who all drive newer cars than mine. And it makes me nervous. Car buying is always a crapshoot. You just never really know what is lurking under that hood. But I’m trying not to stress. Worry does nothing but give you wrinkles, right?
So we’re changing. It’s pulling and stretching, but I have faith we can do it. Want to join us on this journey? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to make your budget and other financial goals!