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New Job, New Commute, and New Car

A whole lot of “news” for me this past month.

As mentioned earlier I had been laid off at Ricoh because of some restructuring there and was looking for a job. I liked that job a lot and was sad to see it go but I believe someone mentioned God closing a door and opening a window. I had done a lot of job hunting last year when I got laid off from Google so I was not looking forward to the prospect. Turns out I had a little luck with me this time around (and a whole lotta help) and I managed to find a great new job within a month. I now work for a company called Yammer. They do a social network enterprise app and so far it has been kind of cool. I got a shiny new 15′ MacBook Pro to work on and I take the train up to San Francisco. It’s kind of a pain due to the hour long commute meaning I need to get up at 6:00 AM but it’s been worth it so far. Also they are looking for a ton of programmers and engineers so you can check out their website for listings is you are interested. Pass it forward or pay it back, either way is good for me.

Speaking of the job. I get to commute by train every day now. A lot of interesting people ride the train. I have seen women in high heels riding Razor scooters, putting on makeup using their laptops webcam, and of course teeny boppers getting very excited and loud about going to a Taylor Swift concert. A few weird guys, including one getting tossed off the train for yelling at himself. And then there were the zombies. Literally a whole group of people dressed like zombies on a night when I had to stay at work late.

Now the other good news is that the job does pay a bit more then my last one so Katie and I can start saving some more. That will however be after we pay for the new car we just bought. She was driving a 88′ Mercury Tracer wagon that was doing alright but had some issues. One of the bigger ones being not really enough comfortable space for the whole family in it let alone giving someone else a ride. Now we can do all of that and my wife gets a car that has buttons in it. So I bought her a new 2011 Ford Escape so I can take the train to work. It makes sense, really it does. Oh and it’s bright lime neon green. You couldn’t lose this car even if you were looking from space.

So Sam did not get the lawn mowed today… instead

So Sam was supposed to mow the lawn today, but that didn’t happen.  I mentioned previously that we had been thinking of getting a new car, but we hadn’t yet.  Well today that changed.  We bought a 2011 Ford Escape XLS.

 

Yes the car really is that green, but I love it.  The car is bigger then my station wagon.  It has AC, power windows, and power locks.. What more can a girl ask for.  I really am excited… Oh and for those interested, it is actually a Manual transmission…  I really do prefer to drive a manual transmission over an automatic.  I realized that I just don’t like how much you have to break when you drive an automatic.  Anyways, so yes we now have a car that fits or family a bit better and isn’t leaking oil like mad…  Now to sell off the oil leaking car.

I want…

I get really wrapped up in things when I want them. Now I don’t really really want things often, but when I want something I get very stuck on the idea. So my latest want is a new car.

Now if you don’t know, we are driving a 1988 Mercury Tracer (a 23 year old station wagon that was my grandmother’s) and a 2009 Nissan Versa. Now the station wagon has low mileage for it’s age, AC, and key locks on both front doors, oh and we got it for free. The Versa we bought during the cash for clunkers. We traded in our pickup truck for it and bought the most stripped down model out there. This meant we were able to pay cash for the brand new car, but it is very stripped down. It does not have AC. We had to install the stereo because it didn’t come with one. It is a manual transmission. It has mechanical locks and hand crank windows. Oh and there is only a key lock on the driver’s side door. Now both cars are actually very small. This size factor is now becoming an issue as we are a family of 4.

I have been driving the Versa since it gets better gas mileage (lately 32 mpg), but as it is getting warmer and I have to run around and around the car to get everyone in this is not going to be the best option this summer. So it looks like I will be switching to the station wagon 🙁 Now first off I am just not a fan of driving the station wagon, but also it does not get as good of gas mileage and I still won’t have what most people consider standard features on a car today. Oh and driving around in a 23 year old car with kids just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen (most likely including all of us stranded somewhere). It probably doesn’t help that on a mommy group online I am a part of someone was just commenting on their new car and how they were so excited to have some of the new features out there (gps, Bluetooth, etc) and I have never had a car with power locks or windows.

So of course all of this got me looking at cars. Now I just won’t drive a minivan. I understand their purpose, but they are just so darn big and yeah no. So I have been looking at small SUVs. Now just from experience being in them I have been looking at the Ford Escape. I would really like the hybrid version, but I knew that was out of our price range before even starting. I have been looking at new or certified preowned for the warranty factor.

Well now that is where I am stuck, how to pay for it. Well first off I don’t want a monthly payment. I am very anti-debt and really do not like the idea of paying interest. Also with me at home our budget is tighter then I like. This is especially true because of the cost of living out here being so darn high. Now we have savings, why not use it towards a new car. Well good financial practice is to keep at least 6 months of expenses in savings as a just in case. Well with the price of living out here, even with trading in the Versa we would dip way to far below 6 months of expenses. Most everywhere else in the country this would so not be the case. So unless we rob a bank or are given a substantial amount of money we will continue to drive the cars we have and slowly try to save for a new car. 🙁