We’re always on the look out for ways to save money for retirement.
For us there was one easy no-brainer.
One car would be sufficient, thank you. So I sent Dave packing on his bike, and I took possession of the car! LOL!
Why you might ask? And you might add, “Poor Dave!”
But it wasn’t really like that … in reality we share the car and we were both happy with the arrangement – our carbon footprint would be reduced, and we could save money for retirement.
Reduce our Carbon Footprint plus Save Money For Retirement
So in reality we had a motive, and the motive turned out well, and has definitely been for the best.
When we moved from South Africa to Australia, one of the pre-requisites was that in his new job Dave would be able to cycle to work.
One of the lessons learnt from life abroad was that we wanted a lifestyle change – no more sitting in gridlocked traffic for a two or three hour commute to work as he’d been doing in South Africa and the Philippines.
And I was lucky in that my work is neither geographically or office dependent.
So nowadays for 80% of of the year Dave cycles to work, and on the times he can’t cycle, he either takes the car, or I run him into the city if I need the car that day.
He’s fitter, and I’m fitter, because sometimes I cycle in with him too and we have a lovely cup of coffee overlooking the waterfront, dolphins, sun rising.
Or I might cycle to buy our groceries, and cycle to friends’ houses.
If he needs picking up from work and I have the car, then I work his pick-up in with a trip to the supermarket or jobs that need to be done in town.
See I’m nice like that 😉 Lol!
As we have got older and the kids have become independent we’ve found we really don’t need two cars – we’ve learnt over the years to work well together in the art of compromising, and it appears that nothing really is unsolvable when it comes to transport.
If necessary I’ve been happy to catch buses around town, or trains or coaches to Perth or the airport when needed, because it’s no big deal.
At worst we hire a car or get a taxi, which works out far cheaper on an annual basis than having a second car in the garage for the ‘what if’ occasions.
The saving has been enormous, think car license, car insurance, car maintenance and even garage space.
Then there’s the money Dave saves on parking at work, and the extra petrol we would use if we had two cars.
This means we have money to spend on other things, like weekends away, breakfasts out, holidays and our children.
Ok so I’ll admit our intentions are not lily white pure, but the off set is that maybe we’re doing the environment a favour … I’d like to think that we help a bit.
Do you have one car or two? How does it work for you?