No, we aren’t going to Disney World, but I thought since it is the new year and all, that I would reflect on the last year a bit, because it was a good one.
Exactly 365 days ago my husband and I went down to ONE car! I know, gasp, alert the presses, it was 2017 and we were going back to 1950 (in more ways than one in this country, but that’s another topic for maybe another day). We realized that our both of our cars just sat around all day. Why pay for two when you really only need one? We both actually like spending time together and it isn’t that bad of a thing to take my hubby to work in the morning when I have errands to run, which isn’t all that often during the week. Also, we live in an area that I can walk across the street to WholeFoods, the post office, CVS, Starbucks, what seems like a million places to eat and like three gyms, oh, and this thing called Uber is around. Really, we knew by doing this we would be able to save a little money each month and we both had our eyes set on one car in particular.
A little bit of a back story – my husband is notorious for taking his car to get an oil change and coming home with an entirely new car (this has now happened twice in our 8 years of marriage), he doesn’t keep cars long enough to even pay off the car loan and it was just a pain to constantly be taking out loans and changing the insurance, so my brilliant plan was to get one car and then he couldn’t trade it in without me, plus the car we wanted was not one we would be getting rid of anytime soon. We also knew that we were in a position that if we needed to get a second car again, we could.
When I say dreams do come true, I mean it. I always seem to thank my husband for everything we have, but really I should thank my in-laws for giving me the most amazing human on the planet. Even when I say to my husband, “no, I really don’t need that” he still comes through with getting it for me – whatever it may be. So when I told my husband that I thought we should buy a Range Rover, he actually said no at first, but then came around when I showed him that the cost would be the same as what we were spending on two cars. Ladies and gentlemen, when dealing with a man in the financial world ALWAYS have numbers to back up your cause, even if that cause is a new designer handbag or luxury SUV. Fast forward to today and we actually owe less on that Range Rover than what we did on the two cars we traded in and our monthly payment is so low, it is hilarious when the monthly bill comes. We also spend half on gas each month, which was a huge bonus.
I know people still think we are crazy for only having one car and buying a stupidly expensive car at that, but that’s not the point of this blog post. My point is going to probably shock everyone – it certainly did when I said it to my husband, so here it is …
This fancy crazy expensive car we bought is, well, just a car. It drives like every other SUV on the market. It feels like every other car I have ever owned. Yes, it is the car I have dreamt of having since I was 18, and I have it, but nothing spectacular happens once you have it. It is just like owning a home gym, you don’t suddenly get the motivation to work out, you still have to drag yourself out of bed in the freezing cold and work out. My point truly is simple, don’t constantly think that you “need” to have what everyone else has because when you get those things, they are just things. Yes, the car drives amazingly, it has heated and cooling everything, I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but, don’t think you have to live up to the Jones’. We may have the car of our dreams, but that’s because we live in a Townhouse; we don’t need a large home for two people even if everyone is telling us to buy our next home now. I still buy my designer clothes secondhand, when I could go and buy the real deal (I’ll leave the real deal for my handbags).
We kind of are very frugal people, except when it came to getting that car (and my handbags). 2017 was truly about simplifying our life. I think I may have even shocked my husband when I went down the minimalist lifestyle path. Going down to one car was just the beginning. I spent the entire year purging and organizing our entire house and lives. I certainly learned my fair share of tips and tricks, and I will be sharing those throughout the year, but living a more simplistic life does actually give you so much more. If you are on struggle street at the start of 2018 with what to do with your new year, start with just one room, one task, one thing you know needs to be done to simplify things in your life and you will be amazed at how quickly it can explode into an amazing adventure. Things truly are just things and looking around this world, we all have way too much and rely on way too many things. I will gladly go back to the simplistic life that my grandmother had when she was a housewife.
Side note … if there is one big thing I learned in 2017 it is that I married an amazing man and this year proved that to me more than any other year in our relationship (but that’s yet another story for another day). My in-laws truly have raised some amazing humans on this planet and I am forever indebted to them for that. I am forever grateful to have my husband constantly surprise me with everything a girl could ever want in life, and he knows that he doesn’t need to do all the things all the time but he still does and for that I love him even more than I ever thought I could.