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Letting go of things

Since I moved out on my own, I've had to let go of a lot of things. My ex made quite a bit more money than I ever did and we had a certain standard of living that I can no longer maintain on my own. So, I've had to cut back on the extras I used to take for granted. Well, on Saturday I had to let go of my car.

I just bought that car in July. I did a lot of research and found a car with a good safety rating and good gas mileage that was PURPLE! Purple is, of course, my favorite color. I had wanted a purple car for ages and I finally had one. I drove it up from Texas to Seattle in October. Six days with three cats and a dog. Whoo, that was a trip.

Well, after I moved out on my own, I couldn't afford it anymore. Between car payment, insurance, and gas, it was $500 a month. I only make $1600 and my rent is $700 so that didn't leave me much for anything else like electric, phone, Internet, food. The car had to go. I tried to sell it but I owed more than it was worth so I wasn't getting any bites on it at all. I lowered the price but that didn't help either. No one wanted to buy my car. So, I called my bank and asked what I could do with it. They said I could voluntarily surrender it. It's going to be auctioned off and that money applied to the balance due. The bank will set me up with a loan for the remainder. So, until they get me set up on the loan, it's going to show up as a repo. Once the car is paid off and I'm set up on a loan, it'll show up as just an unsecured loan. Once it's paid off, both loans will show up on my credit as just paid off loans. So, in the end, it'll actually help my credit. Go figure.

This is the first time in my adult life I've not had a car. It's weird knowing that I can't just go outside, hop in my car, and go anywhere I want. That sense of freedom is gone. Actually, though, I've got a new sense of freedom. I don't have to pay for the car anymore. I don't have to pay for insurance or worry about gas prices. I don't have to get the car registered in Washington, get oil changes, or worry about new tires. I don't have to be careful about my speed for fear of getting a ticket. That's a whole lotta freedom right there.

Yesterday was my first excursion grocery shopping. I hopped the bus down to the Burien Transit Center which is right across the street from the Safeway. I stuffed all my groceries in my backpack and made it back, no problem. Although I did squash my bread. Note to self: Carry the bread in a bag.

The next test will be doing laundry. There are washer/dryers in my apartment building but they are in the dingiest, stinkiest, scariest basement I've ever seen. And it smells like urine. So, umm, no. I'm not doing my laundry there. I'll cart everything over to the laundromat. I was thinking I should get a wagon, :D.

The adventure begins.....


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May. 7th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
It's lucky we have a pretty good bus system, huh? I gave 'my' car back to my parents, who actually own it and I swear my stress level has plummeted. I'm sure that has something to do with saving nearly $100 a month on gas, hah.

Good luck with your laundry!
May. 7th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
We do have a good bus system! I was pleasantly surprised. In Texas, the public transit system sucks. It does take a load of stress off not having to pay all that money every month. Plus, Starbucks offers discounted bus passes so I have a 2 zone bus pass and they just take $34 out of my paycheck every month.
May. 7th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)


I live 6 minutes from campus, by car.
By bus it's a 6 minute trip there....

To get home? A 45 min trip with a transfer.
AND the last bus runs at 745 at night :p

Good luck with the laundry!

:D :D
May. 7th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
OMG! I so feel your pain! In Austin, it would take 2 hours to go what is 20 minutes tops by car. It was horrid! I always felt so bad for those folks that had to rely on the bus.

Luckily, the laundromat is within walking distance so that little red wagon is looking really good right now, :D.
May. 8th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you still had to surrender and go with a loan on your car (mine was waaaaay upside down when I got Meleagar)...but I am glad for you, and your new freedom, that you were able to do it. I used the Arizona bus system for a year.

Hmmmm, actually, here's what kept me sane during that time:
--When I went grocery shopping, I took one of those suitcases on wheels. Sounds a little silly, but everything fit, and it was easier to manage even than a backpack.
--That might work for the laundromat, too.
--I always had something to do on the bus. Well, you probably already know this, with your ipod. I'd bring my crocheting, or one hand-sewing project I'm quite proud of. But then I'd get involved in what I was doing and miss my stop!

Hmmmm...I don't really have any more advice. Ladyglencora gets along quite well in Boston without a car, and I have faith that you will too.
May. 9th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
The suitcase is a brilliant idea for the grocery store and the laundromat! I'm getting around pretty well but it takes forever to get home after work.

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