|Hopefully, I'll be spending more time like this guy.|
We have had the idea ever since Mrs. LIAYF took a job here in Seattle this summer, after working for the previous year in a city an hour away from home. I say an hour away, but when you factored in commute time she had spent nearly three long hours of every day during that year navigating traffic. It was a long year for all of us.
But now things are different. In a good way.
Now when we are at our jobs, or school, only a few city blocks separate her from Lukas and myself. And we have taken advantage of our new found proximity by riding into the city proper together, as a family. It affords us a great opportunity to turn off the music or the radio, and to chat about our day - be it upcoming or having just ended. In fact just last night, on the way home, Mrs. LIAYF and I were treated to an animated story about the Superheros of the alphabet. We made it all the way to the letter G which, by the way, was Girl Man. Nice.
Given all that, along with my recent foray into riding to work, our proximity to a city bus line (and in no small part that we could save several hundred Washington's a month) we made the conscious decision to reduce our carbon footprint by downsizing and eliminating one of our two vehicles.
Honestly, it's been a few weeks now and there has been absolutely no sellers remorse here. We haven't missed the second vehicle at all. Sure, there were a couple of times where it would have been convenient to have another set of wheels, but certainly not a necessity.
On a side note I never realized how technically difficult it would be to sell a car to a private party when there is still a loan balance owed. PAINFUL. Thankfully we found the perfect buyer, a retired lawyer who gave us few hassles.
Yes, I can anticipate that there will be situations which will arise in the coming weeks and months where we absolutely need the 2nd car. That's why we also signed up for a the car rental service ZipCar. There are several pick up locations near our home and work and we can reserve online, which we have already done once since downsizing.
We'll have to see how things play out when our second child comes along. But for now this seems like a logical choice given our current circumstances. Certainly not as dire as some of the scenarios that ran through my mind before selling, for NOT downsizing.
Hopefully, it will end up being similar to our decision to ditch cable and local television a few years ago. At that time I was so sure that was only temporary, but I didn't end up missing it much and it afforded us a lot of extra time to focus on more important things.
Plus, having the extra cash on hand every month while knowing that we are consuming less has been good for our feelings of well being in a tight economy. I guess the real test will be how we handle that first situation where we are truly disadvantaged by not having the back up vechicle.
How about you readers? Could you imagine a scenario where you could do without a second car? If that came into play, would you be able to bring yourself to do it?