My wife and I are considering selling three automobiles and replacing them with two ‘newer’ automobiles. After reading several comments, I thought I’d take a minute to write about “why” we now own three automobiles.
Four years ago, my wife was driving the Honda Accord and I was driving the Ford F150. We were happy with our automobiles. But, after the birth of our second child, my wife wanted to purchase a mini-van. (In our case, a Chrysler Town & Country). So, we were faced with the following options: We could sell my truck and then buy the van. We could sell the Honda and then buy the van. We could sell neither the truck nor the car and then buy the van. We went with option 3. Why? The truck was paid for and it was perfect for hauling off the trash and carrying stuff from the hardware store back to the house. We live in a VERY rural area of the country and it’s best to have a truck (of some sort). We still take our trash to the “dump”, so an old “trash truck” comes in handy. As for the Honda, I decided to keep it because it gets great gas mileage, it looks great, and I like the way it handles. So, we kept the two automobiles and purchased the van. (The van, by the way, was the last item I’ve ever financed.)
So, fast forward to mid-2007. The old truck has been driven less than 3000 miles in TWO years. Literally, I drive it from the house, to the dump, to the hardware store, and back home. While it still runs, I wouldn’t trust it for a trip over 50 miles. The Honda still runs well, but it just rolled past 120,000 miles. The van, while in decent shape, has almost 140,000 miles and starting to make a few of those “what’s that” noises. So, while we are happy with our current automobiles, we are considering replacing them.
As for replacing the truck and the Honda with a “crew-cab” truck… I want something that my entire family can ride in, something that looks “nice” and something that I can still “haul the trash off with.”
Moving on to an ENTIRELY different topic… I just purchased a NEW set of golf clubs! I’ve been using the same sticks for more than a decade and I was ready to upgrade. I purchased a set of Cleveland TA-4s. I also purchased a new Cleveland 588 wedge, so I’m ‘good to go’. The cool thing about this purchase is that I will be listing my old Callaway’s on eBay and I should be able to recoup most of the cost of the new clubs.
By the way, the golf club purchase has been in my budget for more than TWO YEARS. Category: New Sticks