Cars

Cars are freaking expensive. Even though both of our cars were fully paid off (’07 Scion tC and ’06 Honda Pilot) they still ate up a considerable amount of our discretionary income. Gas ($300/mo), insurance ($120/mo), and maintenance (call it $600+/year)  aren’t cheap. So even though our cars were paid off, they were still costing us about $500 […]

CARpe diem

May 19, 2014 · 42 comments

I don’t know how much gas is where you live, but in Seattle $3.95/gallon seems about normal. Girl Ninja and I spend about $200-$250 a month on gas. Thank goodness for a work vehicle, otherwise that amount would be another $100+ higher. Our insurance runs another $160/month. Carry all these expenses out over a twelve month time frame and […]

Cars. They serve a simple purpose, to get one from Point A to Point B. While their purpose is pretty straightforward, the bells and whistles that come with them are anything but. From heated seats to cars that parallel park themselves, features don’t come cheap. What’s more, cars are also the most expensive depreciating asset most of us will […]

My hunch is that most first-time homeowners buy their first place with the best of intentions. They imagine spending decades in their future abode, establishing roots, and engaging in their community. But then life happens. They have more kids than they originally thought they wanted (or discover they can’t have any kids), they get a […]

Cars. They serve a simple purpose, to get one from Point A to Point B. While their purpose is pretty straightforward, the bells and whistles that come with them are anything but. From heated seats to cars that parallel park themselves, features don’t come cheap. Cars are also the most expensive depreciating asset most of us will ever own. […]

Got a comment on my most recent blog post that I think speaks a lot of truth. Here’s that comment: I don’t think many people buy (homes), expecting to move in less than 5 years. But it happens a lot, due to job changes, family changes, etc. […] Exactly!!!! My hunch is that most prospective […]

Did last post leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering how my epic $250 negotiating battle would go? Well, as you can guess from the title of this post, we ended up buying the car, albeit after almost walking out three different times and spending four hours there. Yeah, it was intense and my […]