I think that I have mentioned before that I am a strapped-for-cash single mother who can't depend in any reliable bill-paying way on her son's father for financial support.
I have thusly been inspired to give up on car ownership, and have been doing research.
Mid-May, I'm moving out of my mom's house, and instead of a 30 mile commute, I will be commuting approximately 200 yards to work every day. Well, 200 yards to the shuttle stop that will take me onwards to work.
I will have a washer and dryer in my apartment, and will therefore not need to worry about hauling my stuff to the laundromat.
I enjoy riding my bike.
One of my employment benefits is the option to buy a bus pass for $60/year.
There is an active zipcar program here.
My mom will buy my car from me.
Which leaves me with only the following problem:
Gabriel's daycare, while only about 3 miles away from where I work, is about 3, inconvenient, non-busline, traffic-filled miles from where I work, and it closes promptly at 5:30pm. Driving, I get there at about 5:20pm. Gabriel is very happy and very settled at this daycare, and he is not a child who is easily happy or settled. I plan on sending him to preschool in the fall, and am not eager to change his daycare when I am planning on changing it again so soon. However, the fall preschool plan is contingent on potty-training success, and all of my moving and life shifting and upheaval has left Gabey determined that he will never, ever, ever poop in the potty, because that's one thing over which he has firm control.
But I would really like to not spend $750/month on something that I so clearly don't need.
And here's a breakdown of that, if you're wondering how on earth my car could cost me so very VERY much:
Car payment: $270
Car insurance: $225 (a note to y'all: don't get into a car accident AND get a speeding ticket within a one year span, you will pay through the nose)