The Conscious Shopper dreams of two cars...
"See you later," my husband says, leaning through the car window to kiss me goodbye.
"What time do I need to be back?" I ask.
I nod. "Okay, see you then."
My husband and I own one car between the two of us. We gave up our second car when we moved to the DC suburbs several years ago and got by easily on the metro system. Two years ago, we moved to Raleigh, NC where public transit consists of a very meager bus system and a whole lot of arguing between government officials about whether or not they should put in a commuter train. We chose a house near my husband's office and kids' school and stuck to one car, but some days I wish we'd decided to get that second vehicle.
Most days, my husband is able to walk to and from work, but for the past few weeks, he's been spending a lot of time at his company's data center, which means he has to drive. Or I should say - which means I have to drive him. And then I have to pick him up at the end of the day. So because we only have one car, we end up travelling twice as many miles on days like that.
Financially, being a one car family is definitely best. We only have one car payment, fewer car repairs, less to pay in insurance. In theory, we've saved the resources it would require to manufacture us a second car. Unless we're running down our car twice as fast...We still end up putting fewer miles on our one car than the average family puts on their two, but not half as much like I would have expected.
I still think sticking to one car was the right choice for us for now, but I'm also starting to admit to myself that becoming a two car family is our inevitable future. Or maybe one car and a motor scooter.
Any one car readers - what has been your experience?
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