One Car, Two Parents, Three Kids

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Editor's Note: I once didn't speak to my husband (then boyfriend) for two days over the two of us sharing a car. Having to add thirty minutes to each of my commutes to drive him to work and pick him up did not work for me (and I am pretty sure it still wouldn't). Later in life after our daughter was born, we ended up getting two carseats because it was so hard to predict which car would be which place at which time. It turns out there are a few secrets! -Rita

Growing a Family on One Income: Part I, Being a One-Car Family

When viewing homes to buy, we only considered houses in the center of town. We are walking distance (or almost walking distance) from: our pharmacy, our pediatrician’s office, a hospital, my midwife’s office, our favorite breakfast place, our parish, city parks, dentist office, Walgreen’s, etc. We are easy biking distance from my husband’s work, so he bikes or runs every morning and leaves me the car to cart the littles around. Another obvious benefit to short commutes to work and other frequent destinations is that you spend far less on gas than if you settled in the suburbs and had to drive 15-30 minutes to get anywhere.

packed car

Credit Image: mariachily on Flickr

Read more from Growing a Family on One Income: Part I, Being a One-Car Family at Carrots for Michaelmas


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