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June 26, 2012

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I love this post. We are also a one car family. It's funny how people tend to think it is so weird. They also think it's weird that we don't have television service (only Netflix) and that I (we) don't have internet on my cell phone. I think people look at these things as necessities now and don't even consider how much money they could save.

This is a great post.

We are not a one-car family, but we recognize that it's all about priorities. The only reason I don't know how I would manage with only one car? I've never chosen to figure out how we could go about our days without two cars.

I'd love advice on navigating the bus system with little ones. We're a one car family, but my husband drives the car most of the time, so the kids and I are usually without a car. We live in a medium sized Midwestern town with a decent, but not super, bus system. But so far we haven't used it at all! The main library is on the route nearest us, though, so I've been thinking about trying it out. I've got a newborn and a 1.5 year old, so I'm intimidated both by taking the stroller (unwieldy) and by not (how do I lug the other things I need without some kind of wheels?)

Thank you for this post. We have thought about selling a car - our garage barely fits two cars, and it would be nice to be able to store the stroller and camping gear out there rather than in the house. We have one bus that goes past our house, but it goes both to the library and my husband's office. We are a mile from church and across the street from the grocery/hardware/drug store.

Kathy - I haven't tried this, but you could try tandem wearing and bring a rolling suitcase. I have done the rolling suitcase, but only wearing one and holding the other by the hand (my kids are 1.5 and 4). A suitcase is a heck of a lot easier to manage than a stroller and I'd rather snuggle my toddler than the diaper bag.

We were a one-car household for years when we lived in the midwest. K took the bus to work most days. We chose our house based on the bus routes, and I could also bike to the store or the library with the bike trailer. I miss those days a bit.

Now we are a two-car household, but that's because we live in a very spread out town where there is no mass transit at all, biking is not very feasible for the most part, and sidewalks are often not in existance. But since many people here get cars for each driving teen, we're still an oddity as we have had 3 drivers in the household for 2 years now. Funny thing is that my kids don't seem all that deprived. I do tend to do a lot of 15 minute trips, but when the route to school includes a bridge over a highway, well... it's not very walkable.

I do wonder how you will feel when it's a daughter taking the bus? will it make a difference to you? I have found that I have some differences in what I am comfortable with between my teen ds and teen dd. Just curious!

Thanks Jamie! This was great!

My husband and I are a one-car household right now. It's complicated, or perhaps simplified, by the fact that my husband doesn't have a license. (I should teach him how to drive, but I have pretty severe generalized anxiety that tends to get triggered by various car situations. I can hold it together while *I'm* driving but I don't relish the thought of being a teacher.) Right now we live in the suburbs and he works downtown, so I drive him back and forth to the bus stop that's 2 miles away so he can take the commuter express that stops a block away from his office. His only "extracurricular" activity is Schola, and his family (who live 3 miles away) are usually able to carpool with him. Meanwhile I don't leave the house except for Sunday Mass and grocery shopping. And maybe the library once in a while.

Our one car is 10 years old with about 90k miles; my dad gave it to me when he got a shiny new car last year. The air conditioning only works when it feels like it, it's got a hubcap missing, one of the taillights is held together with packing tape (that last one was totally my bad)... but it runs and it's free except for the exorbitant price of gas, so I call it a win.

I'm sure it will get more complicated when we have children, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

I should add that my in-laws are close enough that they can rescue us if need be, like yesterday when the car wouldn't start for a stupid reason. The nice AAA man came and fixed it, but by the time he got it running it would have been too late for my husband to make the bus. Husband was willing to walk, but fortunately his brother was awake and could come by and pick him up instead. (The road to the bus stop has no sidewalks whatsoever and crosses two train tracks; not exactly a fun walk for somebody in their work clothes.) So we're kind of doing Low-Car Lite.

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