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"If the truck costs you $250 more a month in fuel, then you could buy a used car for $6500 plus the $3500 you get when you sell the truck, and the payments would be about $200 a month. The less you can spend on a "new" car, the better for your cash flow."

-Booa

The truck actually does burn about $250/mo. in fuel if DH uses it for his commute. (My switching to the bus+train in January has been *very* eye-opening. I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner!)

We're already on the "save every penny" path right now, and it's looking pretty good (just added another $2500 to the savings pot). I totally agree with us spending as little as possible on a "new" car, and we'll just have to see what's available when the time comes. We've been discussing the various makes and models and have an idea of what we want, so it's a start - the "perfect" car is a VW TDI Jetta wagon, but those are running about $14,000 right now and will probably be out of our reach. Still, knowing what we'd like "ideally" is a launching point. (Jetta is ideal partially due to maintenance - we do all our own work on the Golf and have all the manuals, tools, first-hand knowledge and the Jetta is the exact same engine).

Thanks so much for your ideas - they've really helped me see things in a more numbers kind of way than I was looking before.

-pp
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