I was inspired by a post on my favorite website today @ Money Saving Mom. http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/01/living-with-one-car-in-a-twocar-world-guest-post.html
It was actually a repost from 2010 but it came up on my facebook news feed. A reader was sharing her story on why she and husband share a car and she lives where I am from Northern VA =) I am almost kicking myself for not writing in on our We Paid Cash Story http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/03/we-paid-cash-our-first-house.html that I did not mention, we have been sharing a car for almost 5 Years of our 7 years of marriage with 4 kids! Which was hands down our biggest monthly budget saver!
I have many of the same reasons she does for sharing a car.
1) The costs: like the initial cost of the car, insurance, registration and unforeseeable maintenance would have hindered us in our money saving goals switching careers and paying cash for a home!
2) Staying home more often helps me to be the best keeper at home: Since I am at home most of the time, I am able to really give the utmost attention to cleaning, organizing, planning and teaching my children uninterrupted by having to run a bunch of errands!
3) It has not forced us into becoming hermits: There has always been a playground in walking distance and friends and family are willing to stop by our home when we can't come to them! My husband is very reliable and has come home when I have needed or wanted to go somewhere...I think I may have missed one Pampered Chef party 2 years ago!
4)Walking is Good for you: I always feel so good after a long walk with the kids. I never have the same feeling after getting off my rear end in a car!
If you are struggling with your finances, I would highly recommend becoming a one car family!