November is done and we lived half of it car-free. Verdict: so far, so easy.
We had one two-hour rental with ZipCar ($21.84) and one full day rental from Budget ($44.58 including a $10 fee to drive into Washington state). ZipCar was for a bunch of errands I saved up that ended up taking about 90 minutes. It was so EASY to pick up the car and actually faster than going down to our third level parking spot and getting out of the garage. Also – and is this wrong? – I enjoyed driving a new car. It was fun and so relaxing to just lock it and walk away. Chris had a show in the states this month and also had some errands to run a bit farther afield. He picked up a rental car at noon and then returned it at 5am. Rental was the way to go in that case.
As for money flowing the other way: after fees, our insurance only kicked back $20 to us from the $145 we pay monthly. Boo fees.
We have had one call about renting our parking stall and it’s not looking too promising as there are a lot of them free in the building right now. But with our visitor parking and our parking stall available we had a friend use one and family use the other at the same time. Good karma points for us.
How are we feeling? Great. We’ve yet to have to put Henry and his behemoth car seat into a Zip or rental. He is probably happy about that as he hates the car. December will be a month of rentals as we will be heading out to visit family around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Did I mention that as we were selling our car the engine light went on? Literally 12 hours before our buyer was coming back to do the paperwork the check engine light flashed on and stayed on. Chris talked to the buyer and he had a friend look into it. We knocked $100 off and the buyer decided to go for it because it was a great deal. I’m sure it was easily fixed but I am so glad it is is no longer our problem.
You can see a complete run down of our car-free budget and spending here.
There are at least a dozen minimalist/frugal/life simplifying blogs I like to check in on. Confession: I don’t read them all every week. My son and life in general keeps me busy. And isn’t minimalism about having more time? Instead I skim through and check out whatever interests me each week. Sometimes I meet/find a new blog and go through the archives getting to know the writer and their slant on life. This week I spent a bit of time on Be More with Less by Courtney Carver and Frugal Babe. Both great and inspiring reads.
Here are a few posts that I really enjoyed:
When Sexy gets Dusty by Katy Dunnet at The Single Supplement. FYI she is just as funny and inspiring in person.
Christmas will cost $23,439.38 this year at Everyday Minimalist. This blogger has a day job and writes two blogs (FabulouslyBroke is the other one) and posts a lot – she is crazy prolific! Great links on debt and spending in her posts.
Couples and Money by Adam Baker at Man vs Debt. I love this topic and am always fascinated to hear how couples manage money together. Chris and I have completely joint finances so I am always intrigued by those that don’t and how they manage it.
Slow Cooked Pork with Apple and Celery Mash at SimplyBeingMum. I’ve cleaned out my kitchen but every time I visit this lovely blog I want a slow cooker. Every. Time.
Have a great weekend!