How can we save more money and do better for the world - does it hurt a lot to take action?
Well I am finding out. We sold our Honda CRV when it came off lease and now only have one car - the ugly but amazing Echo. We live 5 KM out of town. So how is it going?
If Robin needs the car for long periods, I go to the Commons in town for the day - like today. If I have to go on a trip to say Halifax, I rent. I spent the day in Amherst earlier this week and the rental was $44.00 plus $25 of gas. We were paying $400 a month on the CRV plus gas plus insurance plus maintenance - say about $650. I normally do this type of travel for business so either my client pays or I write it off as an expense.
I reckon we are saving about $500 a month or $6,000 after tax a year. The give up in convenience is very small so far.
The only other key issue is "Image". How do you feel when driving an Echo? I have reached the age and stage where I don't care about how others may think - and I feel good. I am doing the best I can.