It started with an email from Greenability magazine. “Save $3,000 on a 2018 Nissan Leaf if you are a KCP&L customer.”
And that got my attention. I mean, heck, $3,000 is a LOT of money. So I did a little bit of digging, checked out auto loan rates, and about an hour later was sitting in a very comfortable seat staring at the control panel for what appeared to be a spaceship.
Backup camera. No engine noise, heck NO NOISE AT ALL. Brakes that automatically engage when you take your foot off of the accelerator. A smart cruise control that allows you to set the number of car lengths you want to have in front of you and automatically adjusts when you drift out of your lane.
It felt like a time warp – I’m driving around in a pedal car straight out of The Flintstones and just got to take my first spaceship for a spin!
I’m a numbers gal, though. So as the money manager of the house, I made it very clear not just to the Nissan Leaf saleswoman, but also the Honda salesman (I got to drive a hybrid gas/electric – so cool!), that I would NOT be making a decision or signing anything that day.
Instead, I enjoyed the experience, got some great facts and figures, and decided that as wonderful as it was, I wasn’t about to stray from the path we have set ourselves on.
Our goals remain as follows:
- Stabilize Cottage East and get codes off our backs by installing the siding and new windows and fixing the brickwork in the front and back.
- Finish Cottage West into TWO rental properties – a 2-3 bedroom, one bath on the main floor and attic and a basement studio apartment below
- Do the same to Cottage East
- Finish out the basement of our home to include a one-bedroom or studio apartment, along with storage and a beer cellar. The apartment will be used for housing my dad, then as a rental, transitional housing for my daughter when she is an adult, and as a caretaker apartment when we are of the age that we need help.
- Fix up the Airstream and use it to travel the country
And as much as the salespeople were willing to work with us – dedicating $550 per month to owning our very own 2018 spaceship is unrealistic and honestly would be rather foolish.
We have a back fence to build. And I have brick paths to lay.
We have two vehicles that are completely 100% paid for. And the money we have set aside for their upkeep, along with our minimal fuel expenses now that we live and work within a five-mile area, doesn’t come close to the additional amount it would cost in property taxes, insurance, and monthly payments.
My eyes are firmly on the prize. Get debt free, ensure our future income and retirement. And that means that our twelve and fifteen-year-old cars serve us just fine. They are tools, and they function well. With regular maintenance, they will continue to do so for a very long time.
I smile though, at the experience of driving those super-cool spaceships. One day, I might just buy myself one!