Top: Caroline Constas (also HERE, plus similar version HERE) // Jeans: Thank you, 7FAM! (& ON SALE!) // Heels: Nine West // Crossbody Bag: Leatherology // Ring: Accessory Concierge, old // Sunglasses: Chelsea28 // 3 Pendant Necklace: All the Wire // Nails: DND Gel in Striking Red
Can you imagine being without a car for over a year?!
I couldn’t either….until I was in the situation and MADE THE BEST FINANCIAL DECISION OF MY LIFE!
In July of 2016, I was in a horrible car wreck that totaled my FAVORITE CAR……MY BABY: my 2013 Volvo XC60 SUV. She was black with black leather interior and I LOVED HER SO MUCH. She was with me through several milestones in my life, so I felt very emotionally connected to her…..& in my mind, I would drive her until the wheels fell off! (Because if you’ve owned a Volvo, you know THAT’S WHAT YOU DO because they are so dependable!)
Sadly, our journey ended sooner than I expected, and just like that, I was left without a car. This was during a time that I was traveling a lot and was in & out of Dallas regularly, so it truly didn’t make sense for me to purchase a new vehicle that would sit in my parking garage. During the few days, here & there, that I was actually in town, I used Uber and never felt inconvenienced because they were always available (not to mention, I could always get SO MUCH WORK DONE when I was being driven around!). Fast forward about 4 weeks without a car and thought to myself, “once I am back and ACTUALLY NEED A VEHICLE, then I will start looking for one.” Since I live within walking distance from SoulCycle & Whole Foods, and work from home most of the time, I never needed to get into my car during the weekdays. On evenings & weekends, I was generally with my boyfriend, & either he would drive or we would Uber. If I needed to run errands, I would be smart about planning in advance where I needed to go..and to my surprise, I ended up buying less because I didn’t want to carry it around or load it into an Uber. Amazon Prime became more necessary and I ended up minimizing my consumption overall.
But let’s talk about the real positive here: I SAVED SO MUCH MONEY. Initially, I received a check from the insurance for the value of my car, which went directly into my savings account. But here’s a list of everything else I NO LONGER PAID FOR: $400 monthly car payment, a full tank of gas every other week, the monthly fee to park my car in my building, valet parking, toll tags, maintenance, monthly insurance, car washes, and mostly, MY TIME.
And I know, I know, it sounds terribly dramatic to say, “I don’t own a car.” But honestly, I never really was irritated by it. More or less, I felt proud…it became a social experiment that I wanted to conquer!
Eventually, in September of 2017, I purchased another SUV (shoutout to my fellow Lexus drivers! I never thought I could love a car as much as my Volvo, but Lexus’ service is BEYOND!) and am back on the roads! It felt bizarre at first, and I drove like a little old lady….some might say I still do! But my favorite part of having a car now is that knowing I can live without it, I see it as a luxury & a blessing to drive something that is safe & dependable! I think twice before hopping behind the wheel: Would it be cheaper to Uber? Can I walk to this location? Could I order this online instead? Is this errand absolute necessary?
Ultimately, I am so glad I have this story to share with people…to make them think about what we TRULY NEED & WHAT WE CAN LIVE WITHOUT! Do you have a similar story of downsizing? What was the outcome?! Let me know in the comments below!