Trying to live on one salary can be difficult and Chad and Nicole have struggled through for almost 4 years now with one vehicle – his old pickup truck with just a single bench seat. Bless Nicole’s heart! When they went to her mom’s, which is pretty often, not only is Addie’s big car seat in the middle but more on Nicole’s side than Chad’s, but their big dog, Speck, would ride right under Nicole’s feet.
Chad had the pickup at work so Nicole never had a vehicle. Chad’s truck is the one he bought after his accident in 2009 or 2010 — can’t remember, but it was well used when he bought it. It has been dependable and he’s had to spend a little money on it but it gets terrible gas mileage and just is not a family vehicle – great for hunting and fishing though!
They’ve saved and they’ve done without and were finally able to get themselves a new car.
This is the picture from the car dealership. I’m so happy they now have a dependable vehicle and they have two cars.
The only problem I see . . they have a one car garage! When I went to visit them, they always parked Chad’s pickup out and let me park my car in the garage. I’m afraid I no longer get garage privileges! 🙂
Now that they have a dependable vehicle, we may do a whole lot more “meeting in the middle” if we can find a rental cabin on a lake in Oklahoma somewhere that we like. We had talked about buying a cabin on one of the lakes in Oklahoma but it would have been also a retirement property and now that Oklahoma penalizes solar use, I don’t see us ever owning property there . . but it won’t hurt to visit from time to time.