The most popular blog post currently is the one I made about asking for opinions on giving up the vehicle.
While we absolutely want to do this, it is looking as though we will not be able to. I only made it up half the monster hill. If we sold the car, and did not shop at the grocery store at the top of said hill, we would be doing all of our grocery shopping at Target. Umm... No, thank you.
Edit: However, keeping the car also means not getting health insurance for the wife and I. (Never mind vision or dental, which were both need.) It really saddens me that we have to choose between two fundamentally necessary things...
• Auto Insurance
Turns out that we got a better rate with State Farm. So, we are switching... Again. In order to avoid the sales pitches from Geico's money-hungry agents, I simply told them we sold the car because we no longer felt the desire to support the murdering of the earth. It worked pretty well...
There is a chance that I may be getting a promotion in a few weeks. This would mean a $2/hr raise, as well as learning more valuable skills.
It is not, however, set in stone. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
• Credit score
My credit score has dropped DRAMATICALLY since charging all those expenses for moving. 26 points, or something like that. How unfortunate. Still, our payments outweigh our spending, but I hate having a balance on these cards. >.
Car, Work, Credit
March 29th, 2012 at 03:57 am 1332993454
We've been with State Farm for 13+ years, with no complaints. Thought about switching to see if we can get a lower rate, but not sure its worth the hassle.
March 29th, 2012 at 04:21 am 1332994915
We absolutely LOVE Market Pantry's breads!
Also, keep in mind, we are still receiving EBT benefits.
I had State Farm when I was a new driver. When I turned 18, I wanted to be as independent from my parents as possible, so I went out and got an entirely different insurance agency (Allstate). Which served me well for almost six years.
March 30th, 2012 at 06:08 pm 1333130898
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April 4th, 2012 at 06:03 pm 1333562585
I wouldn't read much into the popularity of that post beyond that...
I still think that you should consider getting rid of your car, especially if it's a choice between that an insurance. You really can't walk, what was it, 2 miles up a hill? It'll be downhill on the way back. Get one of those little wire rolling baskets. And before you say again that you can't take the baby for a walk on the road, remember that one of you can stay with the baby and the other one can walk to the store.
Or shop at Target. I'll bet the few extra pennies you might spend on groceries will be more than offset by all the money you save by not owning a car. You'll save enough money that you can take a cab or rent a car or use a car-share service if you need to go somewhere that isn't walk able.
I also agree with others that have suggested that your wife work a few evening shifts while you're with the baby, or that you get a second job. If you can do this for at least a little while you can keep the car AND pay for insurance AND get back on your feet.