How To Be A One Car Family

Man, time flies…

It’s been almost 4 years since I sold my old Jeep and we became a one car family.

When I did it, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had recently read Your Money or Your Life and Early Retirement Extreme, and I think I was still caught up in the excitement of retiring early and just ready to start making major life changes. I didn’t really think things through, I just did it. Come to think of it, this is how I make most major decisions in life. It seems to be working for me so far.

Anyways, after these 4 years of being car-limited I sometimes forget how unusual a lifestyle this is compared to other folks living the average suburban lifestyle. But this morning as I rode to the library to write this article, I was once again reminded.  I’d stopped at a red-light, looked over to the car beside me, and saw a middle-aged man staring angrily into his smart phone.  In the next lane over, a 20-something girl was also checking her smart phone. I selfishly smiled, as I breathed in a deep breathe of the fresh September air.

As I stood at the red light straddling my bicycle, I was reminded of a time a few years ago when I was taking a motorcycle safety class.  The instructor was gloriously describing the freedom and thrill of the open rode on a motorcycle. And I remember distinctly as he described a scenario where he had stopped at a red light next to a man and woman sitting in their car.  And how he had observed the man in the car look over and just stare at his motorcycle, lustful for the enviable feeling of freedom that a motorcycle provides, a feeling that he suspected the guy’s wife wouldn’t let him have (poor sap).  And my instructor, breathing the unconditioned air of the open rode, rev’d the throttle and smiled at the envious man. And he just gave the man a look that says, “I know you want this life.”

And so here I am on my bicycle, unplugged from smartphones and unhindered by the dependency of a motor.  My legs relaxed, but ready to work again.  My lungs open, my heart beating mildly.  My mind free from worries and my soul at rest, just happy to be in that moment. I looked again at the middle aged man who was angry at his smart phone, and I wanted to give him that same look my instructor described to me, the one that says “I know you want this life.”  Except my look would be just a tad different.  It would say, “I know you want this life, even though you don’t know it yet.  And the shame is, you can easily have it.”  But I couldn’t give him that look, because his eyes remained buried in his digital life, despite his clear look of frustration with whatever it was that he was looking at.

Of all the discussions I have in real life, as well as emails I get from this blog, a common and consistent message from people is that they wish they could ride a bike around town like me, but….  And then they insert their many reasons why it isn’t possible for them.

But here’s the thing: I’m lucky with so many aspects of my life, opportunities I’ve been given and situations I’ve stumbled into.  Despite working very hard, I will admit that much of my success and my ability to retire this early is total luck and circumstance. But my ability to bike as my primary and nearly-sole form of transportation is not one of these “lucky” situations.  It’s a situation I prioritized, planned for, and created.  And it’s something most people could do too, if they really wanted it.  There are just a few simple steps that’ll get you out of the constraints of that motor-powered metal box, and onto the two-wheeled ticket to freedom.

How A Family Can Live A Normal Life With A Single Car

The purpose of this post is to show how any family can become a one car family, and also explain why it’s so great. To some, it may look impossible. To others, it may look very easy. But in my experience, both groups would be wrong.

It’s not impossible, but if you don’t plan correctly, it could also result in a lot of unnecessary spousal arguments (at least it did for me!). So without further ado, here’s how you can also become a one car family…

The 90% Commitment

The first, and most important step to becoming a single-car family is what I will call the 90% commitment.  This is where one of the two adults in the family makes a commitment to accomplish 90% or more of their transportation needs without a car.  This can generally be accomplished through biking, walking, or public transit. In my case it’s almost entirely biking.

Most of the tips below will describe how to address the other 10% where biking, walking, or public transit aren’t possible for a variety of reasons.  Some of these tips are easy and convenient, others not so much. And it’s because of the occasional inconvenience that the 90% commitment is so important. It’s not so bad to work around the inconveniences of having a single car on occasion, just a few times per month.  But if it’s a few times per week, it will lead to fights over who gets the car when, and ultimately will lead to going back to being a 2-car family.  I know this, because my wife and I had some rocky moments in the first year.  Now, however, it’s mostly smooth sailing.

In our case, I was the one that made the 90% commitment.  This only made sense, since I was the one going to work 5 days a week, while my wife had 2 kids to haul to school, gym, swimming class, and ballet lessons.

In order to accomplish the 90%, my wife and I determined the places we most often would go to.  For me, it was my office, the grocery store, the gym, the library, and the coffee shop.  In fact, these 5 places made up about 95% of all of my travel destinations in a normal week – often 100%.  So when we moved to Colorado, we chose a location that was central to all these places.  My house is 3.5, 1, 3, 1.5, and 0.5 miles away from these places, respectively. Which means I can bike or walk to any of them without a sweat, even at 7000 feet altitude and on the hilly front range of the Rockies.  Year round, no problem.

Once the 90% commitment is met, and in my case it’s almost entirely biking, there are many other ways to fulfill the other 10% of transportation needs. I’ll describe them below.

Walking

I love to bike everywhere, but sometimes biking is just inconvenient or even dangerous.  For example, when there’s snow and ice on the roads, I really don’t want to share the road with cars that could slide right into me.  I also don’t want to get my chain dirty with mud and slush if I know that the warm sun will be melting all the snow and muck the next day.  I don’t mind cleaning my bike, but I also don’t want to spend a ton of money on chain oil and degreaser for one or two days of biking before the weather gets nice again.  The same is true for riding in the rain, although I do enjoy that on occasion.

In the case of heavy snow, my first contingency plan is to walk.  Even my farthest destination, my office, was only 3.5 miles (fortunately, I don’t need to go there anymore).  With 6 inches of unpacked snow, I’m still able to easily make that trek in less than an hour.  This may seem like a long time to some, but considering that it’s only during rare weather situations, it really has no long term impact on my schedule.

And besides, who doesn’t like a cold, quiet walk through the snow? By walking, I’m able to take some paths away from the main road, allowing me some peaceful time to practice walking meditation on my way to work.

Sharing The Car By Planning Ahead

When dealing with a single automobile, I can’t stress how important it is to plan ahead when you know you’ll need the car.  It’s especially important that the person who made the 90% commitment plans ahead, since they should assume that the car may not be available when they need it.

It’s pretty easy on a normal work day.  You know where you’re going, and it should be accessible by foot, bike, or public transit.  It’s the other days that get more complicated.  For example, maybe you’re setting up a doctor appointment downtown, and it’s too difficult to get there without a car.  Or perhaps you need to make a run to a nursery to pick up some compost, you can get there but it’ll be pretty tough to bring it all home by bike.  This is where planning ahead is so important.

In my case, I make sure I communicate any needs for the car well in advance.  If I’m setting up an appointment, I’ll check with my wife first to make sure she doesn’t already have plans to use the car.  And obviously I wouldn’t set up the appointment at the same time that I know she’ll be taking the kids to school, sports, etc.

Now that I’m not working and my schedule is much more open, we’ve started a calendar that we hang up in the kitchen.  On here, my wife keeps track of all her commitments as well as the kids activities.  This way I have a general idea of when the car will be available.  Even with that, I’ll still check with her if I know I’ll need the car, just to proactively avoid any contention that’s bound to occur when trying to share our limited resource.

It sounds obvious, but before we took this simple step of improving our communication, I found that we had completely avoidable arguments about using the car.  Usually because I made some last minute plans to do something, only to realize I would need to change it because my wife had also made plans.

Getting Dropped Off (sometimes very early)

Another option when both adults need the car is for one person to be dropped off early.  This requires patience and flexibility, but it’s definitely a good option in some cases.

Recently, I had an appointment several miles away and the weather was terrible.  My wife needed the car about an hour before my appointment, so there was no way I could take it.  After some pondering, I realized there was a very simple option: she could drop me off early and I could sit and wait for an hour at the location of my appointment.

Like many of the other “solutions” I’m proposing here, this sounds obvious. But when you’re first getting used to having a single car, it can be a stressful and irrational time – making it more difficult to reach such a commonsense solution.

So she dropped me off early, I sat for an hour of quiet leisure, and then attended my appointment.  This, by the way, was before I’d quit my job so it’s not like I had all the free time that I have now.  It was a little stressful to sit and wait for an hour, but it turned out fine. And when my appointment was done, she picked me up and took me home.

Borrowing A Friend’s Vehicle

Borrowing others’ cars is a tricky proposition for me.  My friends are always happy to help, but at the same time I’m conflicted because I don’t want to come across as a moocher – particularly since my lack of a second car is what’s allowed me to have a more laid back life than the friends I’m borrowing from.  For this reason, I don’t make a habit of borrowing cars but I will occasionally borrow a truck if I need to haul something large.  This is convenient, since just about every friend I have in Colorado drives a truck anyways.

Several months ago, my wife and I bought a new furniture set for our family room.  Our car at the time was a Subaru Outback, making it impossible to bring the furniture home.  Delivery was an option, but it was going to cost $150.  Although that’s still far less expensive than having a second car or truck sitting around, I didn’t want to pay it.  So I asked a friend of mine who had a truck, and he happily offered not only to let me borrow his truck, but he also volunteered to come with me and help load and unload the furniture.  Our wives and kids are also friends, so we had their whole family over, bought some pizza, and had an enjoyable evening with them. In this case, not only did we get our transportation needs met, we turned it into a fine social interaction.

In another instance where I needed to borrow a truck for an hour to pick up a new mattress, I emailed 3 of my friends with trucks and said that the first person that lent me their truck would get a 6-pack of the beer of their choice.  Not surprisingly, it took 5 minutes for me to get 3 positive replies.

The point here is, I recommend that if you borrow a car from a friend that you try to make it a winning experience for everyone involved.

Renting

In the past three and a half years that we’ve lived in Colorado, I’ve experienced exactly two times where my wife and I really wanted a second car for an entire day.  In both cases my wife was leaving town for the day (and therefore needed a car), and I simply didn’t want to be stuck in the house with my kids, unable to get to any good parks or the library by foot (my son and I could get to those places, but my 4 year old daughter is still a little too young to travel the paths necessary to get there).

In the first case, we found a car on Relay Rides for $20.  The guy we borrowed it from even offered to drop the car off at our house the night before.  It was perfect.

The second case was similar, but seeing that Relay Rides doesn’t have a great selection of cars in Colorado Springs, we weren’t able to find a good cheap car that time.  After looking around, we found a great deal using usave.com.  In fact, we were able to borrow a brand new car for just $25 that day.

Using A Home Depot Truck

The final option we have used in the past 4 years is reserved for when I have large items purchased from Home Depot where I can’t bring it home with our family car. The solution for this is easy, rent their truck for $25 (first 75 minutes). In my case, I can easily make multiple trips back and forth if I need to in 75 minutes, since Home Depot is only 2 miles away.

Cost Savings

Some of you might be wondering why I would jump through all these hoops to be a single car family, especially since many of the options I listed above cost money.

Well, the answer is simple – the financial savings are huge.

I’ve seen a lot of people set goals like “I’m going to bike to work at least 2 days per week” or some other similar goals, and I think that’s great. They will save a bit of gas money, put a few less miles on their car, and experience the health benefits of riding a bike. All good things.

But let’s be honest about the financial savings, it’s not much. The real cost of the car goes way past the gas and mileage – it’s everything else that adds up. The initial purchase price, depreciation, maintenance, insurance, registration, and interest (if not paid in cash) are all costing you daily, whether you drive the car or not.

According to Consumer Reports, the median car costs $9100 per year to own, with only 24% of that going to fuel costs. The rest goes to things that will cost you whether you’re car is in your driveway or on the road. Admittedly, some things like maintenance and depreciation will be reduced as you drive less, but they don’t go to zero.

Being generous, let’s say that by buying a reliable used car and reducing your use of the second car can reduce that annual cost $9100 to $6000, or $500/month. Using the rule of 300, that would require an additional $150,000 in savings to retire. How many years does that tack on to your career before you can retire?

Health Benefits

This post is already really long, so I’ll keep this short. I get to the gym about 5 days a week, and I try to eat reasonably healthy. But even if I didn’t, by riding my bike anywhere from 5-20 miles on any given day, I will remain healthier than 90% of the US population very easily. It costs me nothing, and I enjoy it.

If ya’ll have any questions or want to throw a wrench in my strategy described above, leave them in the comments and I’ll try to help. If I can get a single person to give this one-car family thing a shot, I will have accomplished my goal.


31 Responses to How To Be A One Car Family

  1. I’ve been considering getting rid of my car and going to a 0 car household… I take public transportation 95% of the time during the average week, but maybe once about every 2 weeks I would need a car to go someplace. I know that there are some options for car share programs where I live but occasionally the days I would need a car I would end up needing to “rent” that car for either a full day or a couple of days if I visit my parents. Which all of the sudden becomes less cost efficient. If it were just for running tasks every now and then I’m sure a car sharing program would suffice and still be cost efficient.

    It’s just the occasional overnight car rental that wouldn’t work for me. It’s something that I would really like to do though. Maybe someday.

  2. Luke says:

    Great post. Ours is currently a one car family and I want to keep it that way as long as I can. Another car added to our lifestyle at this point will delay our goals that much further. My car insurance is the third largest monthly payment I have (after rent and medical insurance). I am planning to switch to a car insurance company called Metromile which charges for the number of miles you actually drive. This would be great for me since I drive very less (My office is just 6 miles from my apt).

  3. High Five!

    We’re a one-car household, and I was smiling and nodding as you described coordinating with your partner about timing and car sharing. Mrs. FW usually has the car, and I bike.

    Another thing that makes biking _much_ easier is the ability to work from home when the weather is atrocious. My office has a sizable bike caucus and when the weather is terrible, we’re all at home! I have a full set of foul weather gear, but I can count on 1 hand the number of times per year that I actually use it.

    Living in an urban environment certainly helps. It’s important to note we pay a higher housing cost as a result. But wow do we spend almost nothing in transportation. I bet we’ll be under $1,000 this year for all car related expenses, including depreciation. Hooray 16 year old Honda minivan!

  4. Greg says:

    We’re another Colorado one-car family. Like the Frugalwoods, our housing costs are higher, so we can live within walking & biking distance to work. But I think the trade-off is worth it — free exercise, lower transportation costs, living in a great neighborhood, etc.

  5. JT says:

    Biking more and going down to a 1-car household are very excellent achievements! Some day, I hope to accomplish the same. Just a note on the “cost savings”–it very much depends on how new the car is and how much you drive it. For instance, we mostly carpool and use a 11-year old car as a backup option. Since it has depreciated almost all the way by now, I calculate it is only costing us about $150/mo. Still, that amount requires an extra $45k in savings to produce that amount in retirement…not as trivial as I thought!

  6. Jessie says:

    We hope to downsize to one car but are a little trigger shy. We live in the suburbs, but are close to the grocery store, coffee shop, library and my work, so it is doable. I already bike to work 70% of the time and could pretty easily increase that to 90%. Public transit isn’t awesome but I can take a bus to get to a train that will go to my parent’s house, or my husband can drop me off at the train if need be. It’s very rare that we both need a car at the same time.

    However, my parents think we’re insane for even considering it. I know I shouldn’t care what others think, but my parents do have more life experience than me — although they also have THREE cars even though my dad is retired and my mom works at home 100%. My biggest concern is that if we sell my car and it turns out to be such a pain in the ass that I regret it, I’ll have to finance the replacement car which I DONT want to do. No more debt! My husband does require a car for work, so I worry about something happening to his car, although it’s hard to imagine a scenario where insurance wouldn’t pay for a rental at the minimum. He also works 30 miles from home — we are desperately trying to get him a job closer, and when that happens I think it’ll finally drive us over the edge.

    I do wonder how much money it’ll really save us though. I probably only use an extra $5-$10 in gas a month due to the convenience of having my own car, and its insured minimally at $30 a month. We haven’t gotten any maintenance done in at least a year, beyond oil changes, and everything seems to be working well. And I know I would use Uber more if we sold the car — which could easily cost more than $35-40 a month. Of course if we sold the car now we could probably get $4,000 for it, which would allow us to slow our cash savings and bump up our investments. I do worry that we will delay selling it until something major goes wrong with it, and will then get much less for it.

    Our sort-of plan is to wait until my husband gets a job closer to home and/or we have enough money saved to replace a car, and then sell mine, but half of me wants to just sell it now to make sure we get decent money for it.

    So the synopsis of this novel is this is something I have been thinking about a lot but am scared to do! But seriously we have like seven bikes between us. We don’t need two cars.

  7. AEBinNC says:

    I think the idea of just jumping in and doing it is the way to go. It seems to be how the most successful people I know do things.

    I’ve been day dreaming about selling my car and being a one car family for years but haven’t been able to make it work yet. We’re considering relocating cities in the next year. When we do, finding a place that allows me to bike 90% of the time is a top priority.

    Right now, my office is 13 miles from my home. I sometimes can carpool to work and ride the bike home. Having fenders and paniers to carry my stuff is a big help. Plus a hitch and nice bike rack on the econo car makes it easy.

    Side note: Some friends of mine relocated to CA and their realtor is showing them houses by bike. I don’t know how they found that guy or gal but that’s an awesome realtor.

    • Greg says:

      Hey AEBinNC,

      Do you really live in a Fencl, like your Gravatar name suggests? I’m planning a tiny house, and if you have any suggestions for design, space management, or “dos & don’ts”, I’d appreciate the advice.

      -Greg

  8. Michael says:

    We just moved to one car and part of what motivated me is knowing that you did it. Thanks for the wisdom!

  9. Reepekg says:

    We went to a one car household by accident. Living on the outskirts of Chicago, parking is a pain and since my wife just takes the train downtown to work every day, we went to 1 when we moved out here. Reading this post makes me realize I signed her up to be the 90% person! Luckily, she really enjoys it and we haven’t had any of the conflicts you mention. The compromise is I make an effort to be flexible whenever she wants a 10% car errand, and I go with her since she doesn’t like doing errands alone.

    I’ve found the key to being a 1 car household is planning your living location like you mention. Since we have a lovely walk to the library, movie theater, grocery store, etc… staying off the congested roads is a pleasure rather than an inconvenience.

  10. Just this weekend, I was on Zillow again looking how I can move closer to work if needed so that we can become a one car family. My experience so far has been that a lot of negotiation and planning is needed on this road to FI, and your 90% figure seems about right for compromise.

  11. Scott Dyk says:

    Amen brother!

    I read MMMs blog about 4 months ago. I showed me how silly (stupid) I am. I was always interested in the 1 car concept, but couldn’t figure out how to get public transportation to fill the gap (I live in a smaller town). Why I didn’t consider a bike makes no sense. So I parked the car, giving myself a test run. But I was already committed, and sold the car a month or so later.
    I figure I save:
    – $100/month insurance (it was full coverage)
    – $50/month repairs/maintenance – my average
    – $10/month registration
    – $50/month gas
    – $70/month ‘car payment’ – saving cash to buy the next car (To save $6,000 in 7 years = ~$70/month)
    That’s a total of $280/month, which means 4 months later, I have:
    – Helped the environment
    – Received ‘free’ exercise
    – Saved over $1,000!

    So everyone who is thinking about it, pull the trigger!

    BNL, thanks for the awesome post!

  12. Aster says:

    My spouse and I have only ever had one car in the seven years we’ve been cohabitating. We don’t have children, however. At the moment I drop my spouse to work then drive myself to my office, but prior to that I used to bus to work, and my spouse would have the car. I had no idea that only having one car was supposed to be an imposition, as neither of us bike or walk more than 1% of the time. There’s only been one day when this was a problem, when my cat urgently needed to go to the vet. Luckily, my spouse was only a few minutes away, but if not I could’ve asked a friend to give me a lift or called a taxi. We have the same friends group so social events are always shared, so maybe that helps.

  13. Annie says:

    We just recently went down to one car after deciding that it was, indeed, possible for my husband to go through an entire summer of riding his bike to work (9mi) in the Texas heat. I really wish we would have done it much sooner. Looking back on it, I see myself as so foolish and wasteful for having two cars for so long! After we sold our car, we immediately made a huge payment on our mortgage, and it felt so good.

    As for people judging and thinking we’re crazy, yeah, that happens, but we just say, “Yeah, I know we’re crazy, but we’re having fun.” I don’t mention the money – there’s no convincing some people.

    All of your tips are excellent. Your advice on borrowing from a friend and making it a positive relational experience is spot on. Thanks!

  14. Tim says:

    Have you considered a cargo bike (say XtraCycle) or trailer to carry kids around?

  15. Slinky says:

    I love that you pointed out how most people saying “I can’t” are really saying “I won’t”. Everything in life is a choice. We choose to maintain two cars for many reasons. Mostly, we have other higher priorities that dictate where we live and work. Also, we clearly get more rain, snow, slush and ice than you. One or two days before it’s nice. Ha! I’ll see you again in April when I dehibernate after that winter!

  16. Sir Salty says:

    I really like the idea, but we haven’t done it yet. I am full of excuses on it, but I will spare you most of them. The biggest two are that (1) I’m a whimp, and (2) I’m afraid I would end up inconveniencing others.

    (1) I have been riding my bike 2-3 times x week for the last year and love it. But when it’s icy or raining it’s a pain riding 30 mins. And on hot/humid days, I end up gross & sweaty after 5 minutes. I should suck it up, but I’m just not there yet.

    (2) There seem to be at least a couple of times most weeks that I have out of office meetings, or need to be somewhere after work that is far off, or need to help around the homefront timed close to another commitment. I could probably figure it out, but just haven’t yet.

    I think I could force myself to plan better to get past #2. I am about 2 years out from financial independence, and just haven’t felt like this would make a huge difference in timing. But it could really end up annoying my wife if no car translated to less time at home somehow.

    Maybe worth trying a month without the car or something? If that works, then keep rolling it forward. Thanks for the push and description of how.

  17. eliG. says:

    We became a one car family about a year ago and honestly it hasn’t affected us all that much. I work about 3.5 miles from home and my wife works from home. Also i have a scooter so I can get around fairly well around the city without jumping on the freeway, traffic is pretty horrible in Houston anyway. the savings have been great! specially since we bought our car cash. I do have this curiosity, what if I had a second car that I could use as a business investment and rent it out on say relay rides or to use it as a taxi service like lyft/ubber. Any ideas on this?

  18. Maggie says:

    We were a one-car family by force more-so than choice for about four months (My car was stolen and I couldn’t afford to replace it right away) and it was tough but I was fortunate because it’s flat and always relatively warm where I live and I was within 3 miles of everywhere I needed to go so I could also ride my bike. I lost about 6 pounds without even trying (I’m not overweight either), just because I had to ride my bike anywhere I wanted to go (with the exception of things like grocery shopping where I would borrow my boyfriend’s car). I’ve since replaced my car and now it’s a struggle to force myself to leave early enough to ride my bike anywhere even though nothing else has changed, it’s amazing how easily we get sucked into the “lazy” life style. I admire anyone who made the conscious decision to live this lifestyle and is making it work, kudos to you!

  19. Zambian Lady says:

    I am fortunate in that I live in a city (Vienna) where I do not need a car. Public transportation is very good and more than affordable. One would only need a car if one has to go to out-of-the-way place and so can hire a car for that period.

  20. SantaFeSteve says:

    Nice post. My, now wife, and I have been a 1 car family since we began cohabitation 3 years ago. (I actually just realized that its been 3 years, nice.) I was the first to make the 90% commitment but she was very quick to jump in with a 50% commitment of her own!
    It was, and still is, a commitment for us. It is not always easy, but its always workable.
    BNL, you mentioned it, and I will state that for us, “The single most important factor in our success living with one car is carefully choosing where we live”. That doesn’t mean we would only choose to live in a so-called “bike friendly” city, rather it means we will only choose to work where we can also live within 3-5 miles of our workplace. I think that without the resolve to only live/work in a place that allows one, or both, of us to bike/walk.public transport to work we would be a typical 2-car family. This is not always easy, but the benefits are so far beyond the minor challenges that I find it hard to understand that part of our culture anymore.
    We are preparing to make a move, about 60 miles away, due to my wife getting a new job (I will be transferring to our office in the same city that is less than 3 miles from her new office). We were talking with her new boss about neighborhoods, her boss is a relative newcomer to the area as well, and she mentioned several areas – but (she said) most of those will mean you will be stuck having to drive to work. My wife and I both, immediately, started shaking our heads and said Nooo!, we won’t live anywhere that would require us to drive to work each day.

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    I just found out that Bike Manassas exists and am very happy to find out about it. I’ve been a commetur cyclist in Manassas for years and would love to get involved however I can (even if it’s just participating in group rides if you have them). Any advice or anything about how I can do this would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  26. Being walking distance to anything in the Springs is impressive! Colorado seems so car-dependent compared to everywhere I’ve lived prior.
    We are unfortunately splitting the Denver/Colorado Springs commute now and it is ROUGH! Hoping to become a one-car couple shortly!

  27. Jonny Pean says:

    I started reading your post just because I thought you are proposing something that is difficult and doable at the same time. I am a compulsive walker. And, I have done well with one car (I live with my wife and two-year old daughter)so far. Will come back to this blog once my dots grows up.. you know why..:)

  28. My husband and I share one car. He commutes to work because he leaves during rush hour. It’s definitely not a challenge only if each agree to compromise. :)

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