The prepping for baby continues. We went car shopping. We have a habit of driving our cars until they are pretty much dead. I was raised to believe that this is the only way to get your money's worth out of a car because they're not a good investment, but a necessary evil. I drove my first car for 6 years. My second, a compact car, I've owned for 10 years, but Josh has been driving it for the last 5. This is the car we are going to retire. It has 200,000 miles on it and it has some cosmetic problems, but these are not the reasons for retirement. There is a shake at 60 miles per hour that we haven't been able to diagnose at low cost and there's a leak in the exhaust that is just not worth it to us to try to fix. We decided for baby's sake we need a larger vehicle that's a little more reliable.
I guess this can be considered an expense associated with baby. I am just not a van person. I decided many years ago that I would never drive a minivan. My mom had one when I was in high school and it was the vehicle she had the shortest amount of time. She quickly switched to an SUV and that's what she drove until all of us kids moved out and she went back to a car. So I decided that I would be an SUV mom. Our goal was to find a small SUV that gets decent gas mileage and is comfortable. Lee swears if we want gas mileage and comfort we have to go with a minivan, but I'm not buying it.
Are you an SUV or a minivan person?