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Thankful for good friends and looking forward to another car

September 22nd, 2011 at 08:18 am

DH is a member of our religion's fraternal organization. He's been involved for about two years and has met some wonderful like-minded men of all ages. One of them happens to have a vehicle that will be unused until the end of December and has offered it to him. It will cost us $55 a month to cover the insurance on the car and then we'll give a gift card to the young couple once they return to the country as a token of our appreciation for their generosity.

It has been a one-car existence since the end of April. All in all, it hasn't been too difficult with DH taking the train and his company's shuttle. We've had to call on my parents to help occasionally with transportation issues/schedule conflicts. We've also had to carpool at times, and adhere to a strict time-line on Tuesdays and Thursdays driving cross town back and forth for soccer/dance/Cub Scouts/volleyball practice. We pick the car up on Monday and I look forward to being able to divide and conquer, rather than continue on this pace.

Between our goals to pay off debt and meet some other goals, I figure that I can reasonably save another $1,500 toward the next car purchase. We're presently have $18,000 cash saved for the car, though that decision would change should unemployment befall us.

And thanks to you for putting up with my brief pity party yesterday. I have to laugh at my pathetic whining - I was sleep deprived and ear-ache suffering - not that is a valid excuse for such childishness. Anyhow, back on the road to maturity.

Our frugal finds of yesterday:

(1) At an upscale dept. store, we found two nice birthday gifts for the girls' friend whose having a party on Friday. $31 for a Juicy Coutere necklace ($17 down from $68) and a Guess wallet ($48 down to $10). Within my budget. Smile

(2) The trumpet rent-to-own option was $22 for the first three months, not $22 for the first three. I only paid $22 + $20 deposit. First payment is due 12/21. I have a bit of money to carry forward toward that. If I purchase the trumpet there is a 25% discount. We'll see if son likes it and continues.

(3) Mailed off $3 rebate - given to me by parents who don't want to deal with rebates.

2 Responses to “Thankful for good friends and looking forward to another car”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    We ended up buying DD a trumpet from a temporary co-worker of mine for $120. Renting for us was going to be $30/month. So far she is really liking it. Smile

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It's good to have friends like that. Smile

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