We removed 51 items from the house. 738 less items this year to bother us!!
Here are a couple of pics! We both cleaned off our desks but didn’t take pics of the resulting pile of paper. The binders had old transparencies – does anyone still use an overhead machine?? She counted each binder as 3 since she separated the transparency and paper insert from each other – transparency into the recycle bin and paper inserts used for scratch printer paper (you know, the things you want to print out but don’t want to waste “good” paper for). An old VHS tape we felt we could depart with and a set of sheets. Extra dishes and wireless headphones from the motorhome – we couldn’t remember the last time we used these.
So much for our financial simplification though. We decided to get a new car! Brand new Prius V five – our first car with all the bells and whistles! We gave the dealer a very specific color and model. He found it about 2 days later. Now to get those windows tinted!
Our old 2010 Prius base model, which we’ve had for 7.5 years, is going to kiddo #2 for the bargain price of $5000 – we are still discussing her payment plan hahaha Maybe a nice cruise or something when she begins making more money!!
John finally gets his 2003 Xterra back – it has been in the “possession” of a kiddo since 2005 when gas prices hit $2.50 a gallon. He drove it until that magic value was hit and then traded with the kids. Kiddo #1 was driving our tow vehicle (1992 Honda Civic, which was John’s parent’s tow vehicle until they got something a little bigger to tow). Our Honda tow vehicle was replaced with a 2008 Nissan Sentra in 2008 and John still drives it every day – I can’t believe it’s been 9 years we’ve had this car!
The Xterra averages about 16 mpg, while the Civic and its replacement Sentra got significantly better and he is the commuter (about 12 miles each way). Our gas prices here haven’t been that low since, so there was no “rush” to trade cars again with them.
2004-2005 John bought it a year old.
2005-2005 kiddo #1 – finish high school
2005-2007 kiddo #2 – finish high school
2007-2009 kiddo #1 – finish college
2009-2011 kiddo #2 – finish college
2011-2012 Barb – kiddo #2 was home and driving farther for her volunteer work and classes.
2012-2013 no one regularly drove it – and gas prices sucked, usually about $4 per gallon.
2013-2017 kiddo #2 – med school
2017-??? no one will regularly drive it but John is looking forward to having it back – 12 years later!!