I have slowly whittled the ‘emergency nut stash’ in the clinic down to crumbs. 


Worked until very late in the afternoon! I was starving before I got home.  I just need to learn that appointments always end up taking a little bit longer than we anticipate them to.  If the schedule says I’ll be done at 1 – I’ll be done at 2!


For lunch:  Rice cakes with Holy Deliciousness Hummus (still holy, still delicious) and steamed green beans.



One Car, Two People


Almost a year ago, I sold my car.  I was sad to see my Civic go, but convinced that becoming a one-car family was for the best.


I first wrote about our decision to get rid of a car on this post. Your comments actually helped us decide which car to sell – we were tempted to sell our Pacifica because we still owed money on it and owned the Civic outright.  But the Pacifica was newer, more spacious, and would more easily serve the needs of a family.


Financially, selling the Civic was a GREAT decision.  Not only were we able to pay off the bulk of the Pacifica’s loan with the revenue, but we saved a ton on insurance, gas, and repairs by dropping down to one car.  In fact, just last month, we were able to completely pay off the Pacifica’s loan, which we weren’t planning to do until 2014.  Not having that monthly bill hanging over our heads is a huge relief.  This also means that we’ve achieved my 2011 Resolution to get rid of all debt except student loans.


Excuse me while I throw credit card-shaped confetti in the air. 


Emotionally, being a one-car family has been… interesting.  There are good things and bad things about only owning one car.


The Good:


  • We spend more time together.  Sure – it’s in the car, but it’s still time to talk and catch up.
  • We are more aware of each other’s schedules.  We can’t really make plans without confirming that the other person doesn’t need the car.
  • We run more errands together.  Instead of doing errands separately, we tend to tag along, which is fun.
  • I walk to shops and restaurants more often.  I would’ve driven before, but now I’m forced to walk if the Husband has the car.


The Bad:


  • Once, I left really early in the morning for a work trip and took the car to the airport.  The Husband didn’t realize the car was gone until he walked outside in his business attire and noted an empty parking space.  We’ve only had a few of these mix-ups, but they are quickly resolved with a call to a taxi or friend.
  • Sometimes, one of us gets ‘stuck’ somewhere, like at the doctor’s.  It’s annoying to not be able to do anything you want at anytime.


Since we work and live together, sharing a car is pretty easy.  There was a brief adjustment period while we both got used to the lack of ‘freedom,’ but now, sharing transportation is just part of our daily life.  I know it’s not for everyone, but it works for us!


Could you share a car with your partner?



  • Jasmine @ EatMoveWrite September 14, 2011, 2:32 pm

    We share a car. It means I have to use public transportation. It makes me crazy, and yet… having no second car payment is worth it times 5,000. Debt pain is worse to me than having to take the train in the morning. 😉

  • Jen September 14, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Cars are such a money trap. I wish I could get rid of mine because I could save so much money that way. But it’s not an option.

    lol – did you forget that your hubby would need the car that morning? Think he was planning to walk? 😉

    • CaitlinHTP September 14, 2011, 2:40 pm

      I just think we forgot to discuss! LOL

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food September 14, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Yey for one car families! It is actually relatively easy for us because we lived in Chicago where we only drove on the weekends and now that we live in North Shore MA my husband walks to the commuter train. The key is easily accessible public transport! 🙂

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 14, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I commend you for being able to drop down to one car!I wish my hubby and I could but we both work 45 minutes from home (in opposite directions of one another) so it just would not work! Congrats on the savings, tho that is HUGE!!!!!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove September 14, 2011, 2:46 pm

    We have 2 cars (1 car, 1 SUV) but typically act as if we are a 1 car family. We ride to work together (he works 7:30 – 5:30 and I work 8 – 5), to town, run errands, etc. About twice a month we drive ourselves to work and on weekends if he goes to see his family and I stay home, it is nice to have a car.

  • Meagan September 14, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I’ll agree with Jen that cars are a money trap. I was fortunate enough for my parents to purchase an almost-brand-new car when I started college and they’ve paid it off since (about 3 years). My husband and I couldn’t share a car/SUV – it just wouldn’t be feasible. He works 60 hours a week 40 miles away, and even though I work from home, sometimes I have to run emergency errands to get supplies in the next town (20 miles away) or meet a client ASAP. I try to do all of our grocery shopping, pharmacy runs and everything else during the week or on Saturday mornings when he sleeps in so he can make up for rest he misses during the week. If we only had one car, Saturday mornings would be the only time I could go (we’re not in walking distance of anything) and emergency meetings with clients would be non-existent. Neither of us have a desire to move to the city, since we’ve both lived in rural Eastern NC for our entire lives, so buying cars that are good on gas mileage helps our budget feel less slim. My Mazda3 gets approximately 32.5 mpg when I drive the speed limit, his “work-car” gets about 26, but the Range Rover doesn’t get great mileage…about 20-22 mpg. We keep it parked a lot. 🙂

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 14, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I’m envious of a one-car lifestyle. We could definitely NOT make it work in our current situation. We actually have three vehicles at our house… my car, his car, and his work vehicle.
    If we lived in a city with good public transport (Charlotte sucks at this, as I’m sure you are aware), I would do it in a heartbeat. I really enjoyed the years I spent living completely car-less in London.

    Good for you for pulling it off!



  • Rebecca September 14, 2011, 2:54 pm

    If I need to get somewhere, I’m going to have to walk, bike, or find someone to drive me. Or take the shuttle. I didn’t bring my car with me to school for a few reasons:
    1. It needs to be fixed.
    2. I really don’t need it–I haven’t really gone anywhere off-campus on my own yet, and when I do need to get somewhere, it should be relatively easy!
    3. I would have left it at home for the winter months anyway.
    I guess we’ll see next summer and after college where I end up–I might not need a car if I end up somewhere with lots of public transportation or am in walking distance of stuff.

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 14, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Not presently, because we don’t live together, but we only have one car in each state. So when he’s down here, we do share our one car!

    Trouble is, I can’t drive a manual, and my Hubs’ car in Seattle is a manual. So he becomes my chauffeur when I’m up there!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 14, 2011, 2:58 pm

    You got rid of your debt?! I’m So happy for you! That’s a huge financial step in the right direction. Now you can start saving some of that would-be car loan money for that house you guys want to buy, or that baby that you can’t decide if you want to have. (BTW did everyone’s comments help you guys with that?)

    I don’t think Matt and I could share a car because he doesn’t always work at the same place.

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 4:58 pm

      Thanks! I’m so proud of us.

  • Heidi @ The Sweet Life September 14, 2011, 3:00 pm

    My husband and I also share a car. We don’t have children to worry about so I think that helps too but we love being a one car family. We both work on different sides of the city (Houston) so he takes me to the bus each morning and then heads to the office and picks me up at the bus stop when I get home. We shop and run errands together as well and I actually enjoy that time I get to spend with him.

  • Lauren J September 14, 2011, 3:00 pm

    We have been discussing this option, at least as a temporary situation, recently. We are moving to South Dakota (from NC) for my husband’s job. Neither of our cars are 4WD which is def. necessary there. We know we are selling the Hubs car to buy a truck but aren’t totally sure what a good option for me would be. So we are considering selling both, buying the truck then waiting until we get up there to decide what other car to buy. Only problem is the money from both of our cars would really only cover the truck outright which would leave us with a hefty car payment. Also don’t want to be stuck in 16+ inches of snow with no way to get out haha!

    Just so much to think about!!

    • Meagan September 14, 2011, 3:31 pm

      You should really consider purchasing a Chevrolet Tahoe (like ’02-’06). My husband had one before he bought his Range Rover, and it worked WONDERS for us. We’re frequent travelers and end up in all sorts of weather – super heavy rain, a couple feet of snow, beach sand – everything. The Tahoes have ah-maz-ing four wheel drive and most are push-button to enable, which makes driving them in 4WD easy as pie. You could probably purchase a pre-owned, nice, clean Tahoe a lot cheaper than you could purchase a truck. Just some advice. 🙂

      • Lauren J September 14, 2011, 3:36 pm

        I LOVE Tahoes but I’ve heard the gas mileage is pretty terrible. Did you find that to be true?

        • Meagan September 14, 2011, 4:07 pm

          I won’t lie – it isn’t great, but it’s not like they get 13mpg or anything. I think my husband’s averaged almost 30 out on the highway, and probably 22 or so around town as long as he kept it tuned up. We drove all over creation in that thing, even took it to the Outer Banks once (no ferry, just the straight 8 hour drive)! They’re expensive to fill up because they have such a big tank, but very reliable. 🙂

    • HTPDad September 14, 2011, 9:15 pm

      EPA numbers for the 2011 are 15/21 –

  • Eleonora September 14, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I’ve always shared a car, as did my boyfriend. We’re currently planning on moving in together and it has been clear from the beginning that one car is enough! We both bike, walk and use public transport whenever possibile. Then there’s the “emercency mean of transport” aka his motorbike, that I also ride!

  • Corrie Anne September 14, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Oh I love this post. I totally agree. We recently moved to Denver for my husband’s job transfer, and I’m being careful to get a job somewhere that we can carpool or where I can easily take public transportation. I love doing errands and riding together!! It really is a little bit more QT!!! 🙂

    • HTPDad September 14, 2011, 9:16 pm

      isn’t their light rail cool?

  • Shannon September 14, 2011, 3:04 pm

    We only have one vehicle and we actually talked about getting rid of it a few years ago (but we changed our minds when we found out we were having a baby)…I never had a vehicle before I met my husband…and until last fall, we only used it for big grocery trips and visits to family and friends who live a little further out of town…I walked our daughter to daycare and then bussed to work. My husbands walks to work and he would pick her up at daycare and walk her home. She’s in a different daycare now that is right where I work but because of the daycare’s hours and my hours, the only way we can make it work is if I drive…but in a few years, when she goes to school, the car will likely go back to being parked more often than not…Vancouver is pretty easy to navigate without a car and there are great options for car sharing (which is what we would have done if we had sold our car)

  • Joey September 14, 2011, 3:04 pm

    We have been looking to get rid of Husband’s car for several reasons (mostly being he doesn’t like it & wants something different), but getting rid of mine (also a Civic) was never an option because I love my lil car. But reading this post just made me realize that it could also put us in a much better financial position if we did get rid of it & became a one-car family. Like yours, my Civic is already paid off so we could put that money toward other bills &/or a better family car for us… Now I just have to decide if we could be a one-car family. Hmm, so much to think about!

  • Margaret September 14, 2011, 3:07 pm

    My husband and I are a one car family, and we both love it. We both commute into the city (Boston) together by train and can walk to the train station which we do everyday. So there is really no need to have two cars. I know we’ll do everything we can to keep it a one car family for as long as possible when our family does decide to grow. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 4:59 pm

      Yay! It’s so nice to live in a city with good public transport.

  • Tania September 14, 2011, 3:07 pm

    We’re a one car family. To be fair, I work from home and he works less than a mile away from the apartment. I don’t think we’d ever NEED to have a second car. The only downside is if he wants to visit his parents for the weekend without me. Then I feel stranded.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 14, 2011, 3:08 pm

    That’s awesome you were able to pay the car off that much sooner! I’ve always had a used car and luckily never a car payment. It sure is nice to not have to deal with yet ANOTHER bill!

  • Eileen September 14, 2011, 3:09 pm

    My husband and I share a car. We sold his car when we lived in Chicago and it sat on the street all winter long without being used at all. We never missed it once it was gone. Of course in Chicago I took the train every day, and my husband travels every week (via airplane..) or works from home. So even our one shared car was not driven all that much.

    We just moved to Virginia and it’s different now that we can’t walk or use public transportation places easily. But for now since he continues to travel/work from home, we manage fine with just one car. If he is working at home and needs to go somewhere during the day, he either drops me off at work in the morning or rides his bike. There are so many benefits – mostly financial, but I also like how we run errands together. We do have a goal for him to eventually find a local job, which may change things, but for now it works great!

  • khar September 14, 2011, 3:09 pm

    My husband and I haven’t had a car in 5 years (and I’ve been car-free for seven). But we live in downtown DC which has great transportation options – metro, zipcar, bikes you can rent by the hour. This wouldn’t work in most of the country but we love it. No stressing over traffic or parking, tons of money saved, and it helps us live a healthier and less consumerist lifestyle. I really don’t ever want a car, even when we have a kid.

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:01 pm

      Zipcar is so cool. What a good invention!

  • Lisa September 14, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Nope. We can’t. We work in opposite directions. DH is 20 miles away and mine is about 7 miles. We don’t have public transportation here and a taxi would cost more than a car. Actually we need another car because my daughter is now working on a different schedule and taking classes at a location that the school bus doesn’t service. Cha ching$$

  • Kelly September 14, 2011, 3:12 pm

    We were a one car for a couple of years and yes, financially it was an awesome decision – but it was also quite stressful. Like when my husband has to work late….like into the wee hours of the morning late….and I have the car so I have to pick him up. Or, I guess the other option would be that he has the car so I am forced to stay home at night without transportation. Everything worked out eventually, but I did get my own car about a year ago and it has definitely relieved some of the stress from our lives!

  • Sharon September 14, 2011, 3:12 pm

    My husband and I shared a car years ago for a while but I am so glad we have separate cars now. He keeps his way too messy and I can’t stand to have a single piece of trash in mine.

  • Melissa September 14, 2011, 3:12 pm

    It would be nice, but wouldn’t work for us. I work nearly 30 miles from home, and my boyfriend goes on sales calls all day long. He doesn’t know when or where they will be until about 30-45 minutes prior, so it would definitely be tough.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 14, 2011, 3:13 pm

    we sold our second car as well last year and, i have to say, my pros and cons list looking back on the decision is almost exactly the same as yours. i do love, though, that we are much more aware of each other’s schedules and actually end up spending more time together.

  • Phoebe September 14, 2011, 3:13 pm

    My boyfriend and I are one-car – it’s his car and I didn’t own one before we moved in. But we are spoiled because we both basically work from home and are a few blocks from every conceivable necessity (grocery store, CVS, post office, library, restaurants!). If we somehow suddenly both had to work outside the home, I think we’d try to keep using just one car and drop each other off or whatever. But we also like having only one car because, as you said, we spend more time together and do errands together. We’re huge saps and pretty much obsessed with each other so we enjoy almost never using the car solo.

    On the other hand, my mom thinks I should have my own car because to her, it’s a symbol of independence that is a good thing for females to have. She had me at 40 and was single for a lot of her adult life during which she was very independent and drove coast-to-coast by herself all the time, and even lived in her car once between leases! (I think she would probably do it again now if she had the chance!) I can definitely see the appeal of that too, so it’s something I think about.

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:03 pm

      I agree… it really is a killer to independent to not have a car!

  • Marissa C September 14, 2011, 3:13 pm

    We would kill each other. However, I do work 15 miles in one direction from home while he works 5 in another, so it will never really be an option. Especially with med school schedules.

    Both of our cars are paid for, though. I bought mine in college and his was bought for him as a teen. We will drive them til they die.

    Civics do have awesome resale value…you made the right decision. It’s ridiculous to the point that I would never buy one more than a year old because you are paying for the brand name used and when it isn’t new, brand doesn’t mean quite as much anymore. I would totally buy one new to capitalize on the value later, though!

  • Mel September 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I really admire people who walk, bike, or take public transportation to get places. I think it saves money, keeps you fit, and helps the environment! I would love to live in a city someday where it’s not necessary to own a car or have a personal driver…but the former sounds more realistic! When I interned in D.C. last summer I walked about a mile to the metro stop, rode the metro, and walked a final half mile to work. Sometimes it was a pain, like when I was tired or it was pouring/100 degrees outside, but overall I didn’t mind it. Plus, I got to the know the city so much better on foot! Unfortunately, Seattle has one of the worst, and by worst I mean nonexistent, travel systems in the country. It seems like we’re the only major city in the country without a reliable and extensive metro system. They’ve been working on it for years, but it seems like all they do is gripe about money!

  • Katie September 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

    You actually inspired me and my husband to sell our second car and buy bikes. We just sold it on Sunday, so we’re still in a transition period. So far, we’re loving it! Glad to hear that it’s worked out for you, I’m hoping we have as much success!

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:03 pm

      Good for you guys 😉 Enjoy the extra cash!

  • Ashley September 14, 2011, 3:14 pm

    We just moved to a very walkable city, so we are in the process of selling our second car. I actually barely drive anymore, so only one car is really being used right now anyway. We have saved a ton of money on gas, and we can’t wait to get rid of the extra car payment.

  • kim @ vegan mama-to-be September 14, 2011, 3:19 pm

    We shared one car for about a year, and sold that one 2 years ago. We love not having a car (mostly) and occassionaly rent a zipcar for big grocery runs. We plan to remain a car-less family when our little girl arrives in January. We live in a city with great public transportation, though, and very walkable. It has been a huge stress reliever, and allowed us to pay off all debt, and save a lot.

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant September 14, 2011, 3:22 pm

    My husband and I have been sharing 1 car since January & it’s been really great! Like you, we enjoy the extra time together & really communicate about our schedules now where before we kind of took it for granted that we could come & go as we pleased. One of the best things for us is that we “air out” all of our work frustrations now on the way home & by the time we get in the door we’re able to focus on other, more positive things.

    It’s also been good for our wallet too.

  • Sheri September 14, 2011, 3:24 pm

    My husband and I share a car. It only works because we live in Chicago. I walk 10 minutes to work and I take public transportation a lot for other errands. Without the trains and buses- it would never work for us. We live right in the middle of the city so everything (with the exception of Target) is very convenient and easy to walk to.

  • Nicole September 14, 2011, 3:25 pm

    Both cars are paid off but not in the best of shape, plus our insurance is relatively cheap. We could easily share one car as I work at home, but then I can’t run errands at lunch or hit the gym unless it’s in the morning before he goes to work. And for our evening dance classes, he’d have to come home and get me before heading across town. Right now I meet him at work and we take the more reliable car. I’d love to like somewhere more walkable/bike able.

  • Jocelyn September 14, 2011, 3:25 pm

    We easily share one car. We both bus or bike to work depending on weather and can usually sort it out on the evenings and weekends. It sometimes means a bit of extra time with drop offs and pick ups but it’s ok. Also if we need to take a taxi once or twice a month, $20-40 spent on that is much, much cheaper than hundreds spent on a car.

  • faith September 14, 2011, 3:27 pm

    My husband and I have shared a car for a little over a year and it’s been much easier than I thought it would be! We work together and live within walking/biking distance from the bank, library, gym, etc., so it’s not a big deal. We’ve only had one mix up-last night he took the car to play soccer when I needed it to go teach dance! Overall I love the environmental and cost impacts of being a one car family.

  • Laura September 14, 2011, 3:28 pm

    We’re sharing a car right now. For the most part, it works for us since I commute to work by public transit anyway. It will be a little easier once I get my bike as well. I think to make the car sharing work, you need to have a good relationship with your partner and be able to compromise. With my husband, if a conflict comes up I tend to give in since it was “my idea.” I wish that we could talk it over and decide that if one person had it last time, the other gets it this time, or whatever other ways around it come up.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat September 14, 2011, 3:28 pm

    I definitely hope to be a one car family someday. Both of our cars are paid off and my car is just 3 years older than my husbands but if it goes first, we aren’t going to replace it and we’ll just share his car. I actually carpool to work with my mom most days (we both work downtown) and my husband drives his car to work and if need be I’m totally cool taking the bus, I do it fairly often anyway just to save gas money. Congrats on getting the car paid off, what a relief! 🙂

  • Sweet and Savvy September 14, 2011, 3:29 pm

    I think that it is awesome you have been able to alleviate this financial burden on your family! Where I live, this would be extremely difficult.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 14, 2011, 3:30 pm

    my husband and I share! It works great because we work from home (both of us, separate jobs) and it is awesome! I also have a small part-time job and he does some free-lance outside the home, so then it gets tricky–but we MAKE it work 🙂 hehe

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair September 14, 2011, 3:37 pm

    We OWN two cars (one paid off and one that we are in the process of paying off) but in the winter (November – March-ish) my fiance puts storage insurance on his vehicle and we become a one-car family. We still save a ton on insurance ($20 a month vs $150) and gas during those months!

    He’s a student and we live within walking distance to the university (or he can take the bus) but in the summer we both need our vehicles to get to work. I’m sure working together makes it a lot easier for you guys to share a vehicle. One day if we live in a more walkable area or city I’d love to be a one-car family permanently!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots September 14, 2011, 3:38 pm

    We were one car for four years and it worked out fine! We finally broke down and bought a second car when our first car became totally unreliable and my husband started taking classes at a college an hour away. But that four years of driving and totally paid off junker really helped us become financially secure.

    Of note, my husband still drives the junker to work everyday. It’s paid off! Just for that reason alone, I love it.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 14, 2011, 3:38 pm

    We DID share a car for about 5 years! We were fortunate enough to work from home, work opposite schedules, or juggle our work so that we could swing it. That, and living in places where we could walk, and also just being able to PLAN and make some sacrifices…we did it for about 5 yrs and oh, the money we saved. I recommend it for anyone if you can swing it! 🙂

  • lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner September 14, 2011, 3:40 pm

    We share a car, and it works just fine for us. It can be annoying sometimes, like when we just moved to a new town for me to go to school and there was literally only one apartment that was walking distance to school available so we had to take it since the husband needs the car for work. It would have been nice to have the flexibility to choose one of the apartments that we loved which were nicer and cheaper but located outside of town.

  • Sarah # w30 September 14, 2011, 3:42 pm

    First of all, I think it would be awesome to have credit card shaped confetti. I will need to remember that when I finish paying off my car!
    Secondly, kudos on being a one car couple so successfully! It isn’t possible where I live. Unfortunately, we live in one town, where he works, and I work in the nearby city – so I have to commute. But our neighborhood is VERY walkable and we try to do that or use only one car when we aren’t commuting to work. I loved being in grad school (we live a 5 minute walk from campus), because I would go weeks without driving. I really look forward to going down to one car someday.
    It’s nice to hear you find Charlotte so walkable. I’ve heard mixed things about it (just regarding that aspect). It’s on my list of five possible places I want to live someday, so I always like to hear the insider’s perspective! 🙂

  • Laura @ My Reason to Tri September 14, 2011, 3:46 pm

    i could NEVER share a car with my husband because of our jobs. im a home health nurse in gastonia, so my car is my “office”, and he works in charlotte. i wish we lived in a more urban area like downtown charlotte, so that we could walk or bike to shops and restaurants, but we live out in BFE, the nearest store is 15 minutes away 🙁

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count September 14, 2011, 3:47 pm

    I couldn’t share with my boyfriend. We work about 30 minutes away from each other, and he often works at night as well. It would be impossible. However, if it IS possible to share a car, it is probably a huge money saver!

  • Mary September 14, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I think that if we lived in a big city with public transit, we’d only own one car. But, since we both flip flop shifts and more often than not are working opposite shifts, it’s hard to be only a one car family. We’re in the same situation as you are though, Brian owns his car outright, and I’ve still got payments on mine.

  • hippierunner September 14, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I choose to live car-free and my boyfriend does as well. We both advocate alternative means of transportation and use our bikes, legs or public transportation to get around. It takes a lot of energy but it’s worth it to think of the money we’re saving and that it means a smaller carbon footprint! I’m curious as to why you don’t use your bike to get around. Or maybe you do?

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:05 pm

      I don’t really because I don’t feel very comfortable using my road bike on the sidewalks… I’ve blown so many tires that way!

      • hippierunner September 14, 2011, 6:37 pm

        Oh man. Sidewalk riding is dangerous. Why not the street?

        • CaitlinHTP September 15, 2011, 9:15 am

          Some of the streets here are safe to ride on but most are NOT bicycle friendly.

  • Amy September 14, 2011, 3:51 pm

    My husband and I lived in an urban area for four years with no car. When we moved to a smaller town, we knew we had to buy a car, but we decided to keep it to one car as long as possible. We’ve now lived here for two years with one car between the two of us and it’s working fine–occasionally one of us has to go out of town with the car, but we both have bikes and our town has a decent (for a small town) bus system. Once we have kids it might be a little trickier. I’m not sure I’d want to be at home with young kids and without a car.

    I imagine it’s easier going from no car to one car than from two cars to one car!

  • Katie September 14, 2011, 3:53 pm

    My boyfriend got in a car accident shortly before we moved in together and we decided not to replace it since both our new house and his work is near the train. We love it! Being on the same schedule is nice and it helps him get his butt out of bed in a timely manor in the morning. We don’t have a car payment, only one insurance payment, only one car to fill with gas… However, you do probably spend a little extra making sure your one car is in excellent condition. You probably couldn’t do it in the country but in a city it’s easy! In fact, I was offered another job recently and a huge part of my decision not to take it was that it was 3 times farther away and we would have had to get another car. I like to think we are being eco-friendly 🙂

  • Lindsey September 14, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Now that we we work beside each other I think we could do it, but never would. We live on the opposite end of the city from a lot of our friends and family and often are going in two different directions. Also both our jobs require us to do out of office visits and events so we both need our vehicles to get us places those days!

  • Kristie September 14, 2011, 3:55 pm

    My husband and I worked with 1 car for a year when we got married, but we sold that car and have been car-free for a year now. Easier than we thought it would be although it makes for a cold commute sometimes in the winter (we’re in Wisconsin)! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:06 pm

      Do you guys use the bus system and what not?

      • Kristie September 14, 2011, 5:28 pm

        We usually bike anything we can because it’s almost always faster and more convenient. But yeah, at my old job that was 8 hilly miles away I took the bus to/from work every day. And I use it for bigger grocery trips and visit to far away places like the mall every once in a while. And once the roads are too snow-covered I usually resort to taking the bus everywhere although I am going to look into bike snow tires and gear this year!

        Really either option is fun once you are used to it. When people find out I take the bus they look horrified. There are some weird people that ride the bus but there are weird people everywhere, and most people riding are people who don’t have 1 car or have 1 as a family. 🙂

  • Joanne September 14, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I think we could do the one car thing. It would certainly take getting used to. Right now we’re kind of car hogs in that we have 3 between the two of us.

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 14, 2011, 3:57 pm

    I’d absolutely love to do this, but unfortunately, it isn’t practical for us. My husband works about 30 minutes from home, and I either have to pick his kids up from school and take them to after school activities or drive to see clients. My car is already paid off, but I’d love to have the extra money that we wouldn’t be spending on insurance, gas, and maintenance.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 14, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I am a single lady, but I totally agree when you say that not always having access to the car is good because it makes you walk to more places. I drive my car everywhere, mainly to save time, but sometimes it’s nice to just walk for the heck of it!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 14, 2011, 4:04 pm

    We just talked about this over the weekend — honestly I know we could make it work if we wanted to, but we don’t want to, so we don’t try. We have 2 cars and until Jason gets a job we are going to keep it that way. Depending on where his new job is, we may be able to swing just having one car. I’d love that because it was be less $$$ and I’m a cheapass.

  • Becci L. September 14, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I would love to be able to have only one car, but it would never work for us! We live near a small, rural farming community and must drive about 30 minutes to a larger rown for most errands. Also, hubby and I both work about 40 minutes from home….in opposite directions from each other! Hubby also works a job where his daily schedule is never the same, and he finds out the night before what time he needs to be to work…some days he has to leave at 4am, some days not until 6:30am. We also both need new cars as soon as they are paid off since we put so many miles on them each day they often need a lot of repair and maintenance work after five years of driving them about 100 miles a day!

  • Dukebdc September 14, 2011, 4:06 pm

    My husband and I only have one car. He owned a pickup truck until last year, but it was always parked at his parents house because of its size. So technically we owned two cars until recently, but we only used his truck once in a blue moon. My former car, a red Mustang (still miss it, sniff..) was traded in for a Subaru Forrester, and that’s what we share.

    We live in the DC metro area, so we are in the mecca of transportation options. We both take public transit into the city for work–I take the Metro, and he takes the bus. Both run often enough that working late or running errands can still be done with public transit. If we work really, really late, taxis are plentiful. We live in an awesome walkable area where we can walk to church, grocery store, drugstore, parks, restaurants, ice skating rink, library, etc. So we use the car pretty much only for major grocery trips, visits to friends/stores that are off the public transport track, or traveling out of town. A tank of gas lasts about six or seven weeks for us, on average, which is a blessing given current fuel prices!

  • Michelle September 14, 2011, 4:06 pm

    With 2 jobs and 2 kids (who have reached extra curricular activity age), it’s not realistic for us to maintain only one car. Although we now live closer to public transportation options, we’ve usually lived beyond the city limits.

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:07 pm

      I know! That’s what I worry about… when we have kids I think I’ll need another car.

  • Dukebdc September 14, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Oh, and I forgot: we also have the car to take our (large) dog to the vet. Cabs generally won’t transport non-service animals, and pets aren’t allowed on public transportation, so driving is the only way to get him to his checkups! 🙂

  • Dana September 14, 2011, 4:11 pm

    My bf and I just bought a car. Neither of us has owned one in over 3 years, so the freedom’s bee nice! One is expensive enough though, I can’t imagine having two. It’s interesting what you get used to though.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 14, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I would love to but I just don’t think it would work for me and my husband. He works construction and is gone from 5:30 am until 5:30 pm (if not way later… depending on the day). Now that I have a job closer to home, we have talked about me using the bus to go to work, but I don’t know how I feel about that 100%. We own my car outright and still owe quite a bit on his truck (it will take us until dec. 2014 to pay his off), and I’m sure if we sold my car we could get at least $13, 000 for it… but I just think it would be more frustrating then anything for me not to be able to get around.

    • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 14, 2011, 4:30 pm

      oh and I should mention that where I live, it gets down to -35 degrees Celcius in the winter time, and it’s FREEZING. With the windchill, sometimes it feels like it’s -45 degrees Celcius. I don’t know if I could wait for a bus in that kinda weather. Canadian winters are no joke.

      • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:09 pm

        I would want a car, too!

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! September 14, 2011, 4:20 pm

    My fiance and I share a car, and I honestly can’t imagine it any other way! I drive the car about 75% of the time because I use it to commute to and from work. My fiance walks to medical school, so he doesn’t usually need the car during the week. On weekends, we use the car together for errands, excursions, and other adventures. Sharing a car encourages us to depend on public transportation and walking when the other person needs the car. We love decreasing our carbon footprint!

  • Jaclyn September 14, 2011, 4:23 pm

    My husband and I share a car. It’s actually his car from before we got married (actually before we even started dating). I’ve never had a car of my own! It’s difficult for us because we don’t live in a walkable area – we got a 45 on the Walk Score, so that should give you an idea. We commute 45-50 minutes each way to work every day, longer if there is traffic. Sharing a car has forced us to coordinate schedules at work, which caused some angst at first but both of our workplaces are used to it now. Every day we email each other to decide on a departure time. It’s really not easy and takes a huge commitment to share a car, but it’s something that has to be done right now for a myriad of reasons that I won’t write here because this comment is already turning into a novel! I know that when we have a kid we are going to get a second car, for safety reasons – if I’m home alone and he has the car and the kid needs a doctor, I will have to have a car. But we will probably continue to commute together and it’s nice to know that we are able to make one car work even with a walk score of 45! It CAN be done. It’s hard and a commitment and you have to work at it, but, uh, the same can be said of marriage!

  • Katherine September 14, 2011, 4:24 pm

    I don’t think I could ever share a car. My schedule is insane as is!

  • Rachel September 14, 2011, 4:28 pm

    We have two cars, but luckily we are able to commute to work together most days during the week. Our schedules are similar enough to allow us to do so. We like having the convenience of two cars when our schedules conflict, but we elect to carpool to save $$ and the environment most of the time. We’ve had to survive on one car before (like when one is being repaired) and we are able to make it work. Luckily, we only have one car payment and don’t plan on ever having two at the same time.

    We’ll probably never drop down to 1 car unless absolutely necessary. We live in a completely un-pedestrian friendly environment, and would have to bike or walk 3+ miles to get to any sort of store or anything like that. It’s not out of the question, but since it would always have to be next to zooming cars, its not our safest option in the slightest.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me September 14, 2011, 4:37 pm

    It would be nice to have one car but for the most part we need two. Our schedules vary so much that it would just take A LOT of sacrifice to come down to one…which stinks because I know it’s so much better for the enviroment.

  • Cindy @ The Flipping Couple September 14, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I wish we could, but we can’t. We work on opposite sides of a large metropolitan area, and between the husband working middle-of-the-night and on-call shifts and the complete lack of public transportation from our house to my office, it’s just not an option. At least, not without selling our house and moving. And I think right now that would undermine the whole idea. Someday I’d love to be a one-car family, but I know it’s not feasible right now.

  • Jill Will Run September 14, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Nope, there is no way we could be a one-car family. My husband is an auditor and is at different clients all the time. And during January-April he works insanely long hours, he needs the car to take his team around at times. Thus, I would have to be stuck in the house all the time. Which would be really bad for my mental health! And Las Vegas is soooooo not walker-friendly.

  • Jess September 14, 2011, 4:41 pm

    My husband and I share one car, and it is awesome! Admittedly, we live in Washington, DC and both take public transit to work. We rarely drive at all, and there are very, very few times when we both want to use the car to go to difference places. Our real concern is with if we should have a car at all.

    Before we moved to Washington, we lived in Pittsburgh, which is a more car-necessary city (but still has a good bus system—as I suppose you know since you used to live there!). We started out having two cars, but after my now-husband totaled his, we decided to just go with the one. He drove to work then and I took the bus to school. It was a little more annoying, but still doable. We had already both owned our cars outright, though, so we didn’t cut down on a car payment. And since we went down to one car because my husband had totaled another one, our insurance unfortunately did not go down either. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:11 pm

      You’re right… PGH has a good bus system but it’s still totally car dependent.

  • deva (voracious vorilee) September 14, 2011, 4:44 pm

    we are a two-car household, but we work at complete opposite ends of town so it’s necessary.

  • Heather Montgomery September 14, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Unfortunately, absolutely not. Husband works 8 to 4:30 every day 30 minutes from home so i would be stuck hhome til well after 5 every day. (He never leaves right at 4:30) I run all our errands during the day, go to the gym, etc. So it wowould put a serious strain on us. Both our cars are paid off though so its not a big deal.

  • Chelsea September 14, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I could share a car easily with my partner 🙂 Specially since we go to school together and work together. We’d have to start living together first to make it that much easier though lol.

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love September 14, 2011, 4:55 pm

    SInce we moved to Jersey City which is one stop from NYC we sold our car, we have spent so much more tim etogether and also, we have been taking so many walking trips, and it feels so nice, we now walk to places that we usually drove 🙂 and if we need to travel somewhere we just rent a car for the weekend! We are more active and do more planning since we sold our car, and it feels great, but sometimes my husband just misses it, probably its a guy thing 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 14, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I share a car with my sister. In some ways, it’s not that bad- we both still live at home and we hang out a lot because we have a lot of the same interests and friends. That being said, it feels like there are a lot of times when we both desperately need the car and we can’t agree who gets it!

  • katie @ KatieDid September 14, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I’m a one bike girl. And I have a car but try to only use it when absolutely necessary. I’m not sure how I’ll feel when I’m settled down with someone, I think it entirely depends on the circumstances of jobs and layout of where we live. I hope to be able to bike to my future job one day though, which would make having 1 car more feasible. I really despise putting gas and money into my car, so it sits around most of the time!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs September 14, 2011, 5:05 pm

    I think about it ALL the time. I work only 2 miles from my house and most everything I need is within a 5 mile radius. The only concern is that me and the boyfriend are not married, both our cars are paid off, and I only fill up on gas maybe once a month anyway. It’d save me that once a month fill up, and the $70/month car insurance. We haven’t decided yet that it’s worth it, but I can see that decision being made in the future. I LOVE walking everywhere and I love that y’all are a one car family!

  • Kara September 14, 2011, 5:07 pm

    I missed the entire point of this post because you lost me at eating two rice cakes and steamed green beans for a meal.

    I’d give up my car tomorrow to never have to eat such a sad meal.


    • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:07 pm

      Hahah and MASSIVE GLOBS Of hummus! And cashews!

      • Kara September 14, 2011, 5:14 pm

        That makes it a little better I guess. Still, I’m going to eat some bread in your honor. With extra gluten because that’s how I roll.

        • Caitlin September 14, 2011, 5:14 pm

          haha yes, please. with globs of gluten on top.

  • Kelly September 14, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I don’t think I could be a one car family but I think there are a lot of things you think you couldn’t do until you are put in the situation.

  • Carrie @ Carrie Runs Goofy September 14, 2011, 5:17 pm

    We’ve been a one-car family for about 7 years now. We live in Chicago, so public transportation gets me to work and my husband can walk (lucky!), so the car just sits on the street at least 5 days a week. We’ve considered getting rid it, too, but I like the freedom having a car allows me, so I can take off and visit my folks or head to the suburbs w/o having to be subject to a train schedule.

  • Hillary September 14, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I couldn’t share a car with anyone unless I lived in highly walkable (or public transportation full) city. It would drive me nuts to depend on someone else to get around!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) September 14, 2011, 5:18 pm

    We are a one car family- and that’s a step up. The first four years of our marriage we didn’t have a car at all. My husband was doing his PhD and we lived close to the University so he could walk. Luckily, the job I found was easily accessible by public transportation.

    When he got a job (that involved a lengthy commute) after his PhD, we bought a car so that he could commute. We then moved closer to my work so that I could walk. Now, I work from home and don’t need to drive. Things may change when we have kids (because his job really is quite far away), we may need another car, but I’m hoping we’ll remain a one car family for as long as possible.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 14, 2011, 5:24 pm

    It would be really difficult for us to share a car. We work in opposite directions – and public transportation would be a nightmare. It would also be unfair because I would probably always get the car because I would be walking through a really bad area to get to work. And Justin goes to work 2 hours later then me… so he would have to take a cab to the train station and then the train. It would be a huge hassle. Perhaps if we worked in the same area we could try it.

    I give you both major props for doing it!

  • Devonshire September 14, 2011, 5:26 pm

    I wish we could be a one car family! The husband works 2 days a week about 50 miles away and i work in the same town we live in, 4 days a week. But the husband is a volunteer firefighter so he needs a vehicle whenever to get to the station to pick up a firetruck or head to the scene. Kinda sucks paying for two vehicles but in our life we couldn’t do it any other way.

  • Vanessa September 14, 2011, 5:37 pm

    We live in a big city and ride bikes so we’re a no car family. Though we realize that it’s only possible because we have a decent public transit and commuter rail system…at least for now (there are massive cuts to all public services coming down hard and fast in Toronto right now).

  • Kelly September 14, 2011, 5:38 pm

    Unfortunately, we live out in the suburbs and both commute in different directions to work so we could never be a one car family. Its a great idea for people who live in a more urban environment though. My friend and her husband just went down to being a 1 car family and they love it 🙂

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe September 14, 2011, 5:39 pm

    No way Jose, for my sanity I need to be able to go where I want, when I want. Also, getting to work would be an issue for both of us. But cheers to you for being able to pull it off!

  • Dee September 14, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I currently car-share with my bf. Though we don’t plan on this being permanent, it works well for now. We live really close to my job, and I have a free bus pass, so if I take the bus it’s an 11 minute ride to work. The stops are right in front of my apt and right in front of my work building.

    Also, it’s a 55 minute walk to work, so I try to skip the bus and walk several times per week, weather permitting.

    Another component that makes it work, is that we have a shopping plaza with a grocery store, restaurants, and several other shops within a 5 min walk. So, if one of us is “stuck” home, we still have access to pretty much anything we’d need, including the need to be entertained. My bf has started biking more because of this, which is excellent.

    Honestly, we should stick with one car, but the memories of convenience haunt us!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) September 14, 2011, 6:03 pm

    I’m glad your in an area you can do that. We live in a rather rural area and must drive 45 minutes in any direction to get to a larger metro. We love it but that also means that we need 2 cars as we homeschool our 4 going on 5 children and there are times that I must get all of us to different appointments a minimum of an hour away and 1 car just won’t do it!

    We are, however, debt free except for one student loan and the mortgage. We are planning to upgrade from the minivan to a larger SUV that will fit us all and be able to haul trailers. My husband will sell his medium size SUV and get a small little car (like a civic).

    I think its great you can do this!

  • Kate September 14, 2011, 6:07 pm

    We shared a car for about 3 years with us living in a city with a good public transit system it was easy and helped getting on our feet after college so much easier. However when the jobs moved to areas that were not viable for public transportation aka the burbs we finally broke down and got a second car- 3 hours an 4 bus transfers each way was not worth the time lost away from home.

  • Taysa September 14, 2011, 6:08 pm

    We don’t have a car. We live in San Francisco and use public transportation and our bikes to get around. We have a Zipcar account for when we want to get out of the city. I love being car-free and I plan to choose a lifestyle that allows me to be car-free as long as possible.

  • Marci September 14, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Absolutely never ever could we share a car. Not in this life! Not in this city! In fact, both of our parents have 3.

    • AshinMT September 14, 2011, 6:47 pm

      So glad im not the only one. Not that i dont wish we could swing it in terms of the environment- but when your whole state is considered rural… there is just a lot of driving to be done. One for highway, and one for getting around town when there is 3 feet of snow 🙂

  • Samantha September 14, 2011, 6:34 pm

    We are a 1 car family now and are adjusting. For the first 6 weeks we lived in Japan we had no vehicle at all as we weren’t licensed under SOFA and couldn’t purchase. We’ve also downsized in vehicle…from the husband having a roomy sedan and me always having a truck or SUV to now sharing a VW passat. Thankfully there’s plenty of trunk room for dive gear, baseball gear bags, groceries and plenty of room on the roof for kayaks, luggage, camping gear. It’s working well so far because CFAY is very walkable as is Yokosuka City and a short 5 minute stroll outside the base gates gets us to the train station. Plus, if our bikes would ever arrive the husband plans on riding his to work. Additionally, his parking deck at work is an easy walk or quick cab ride for me if I need to borrow it just during the day. The only time I foresee a problem is when the weather gets bad. But the boys have to be at school near the same time as the husband for work, so he can drop them on his way, and I just stay in those days.

    You’re right, it’s so much nicer on the bank account to only pay insurance and maintenance on one car. Plus, since it’s a right side steering wheel and we’ll only use it the 2-3 years we’re in Japan, we compromised and bought a 99 model we could pay cash for, thus no loan payment. So far so good!

  • Angie September 14, 2011, 7:02 pm

    We went down to 1 car about 1 1/2 years ago. Hasn’t been too bad except having to drop my husband off at the airport but in e long run it makes sense. Now we have to figure out what to do when we start a family and my husband drives for his job. It helps that the school I work at is a mile from our house but I’m constantly getting moved around with enrollment dropping.

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 14, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I need to start a list of everything you can put hummus on (because it’s everything!) because I always get asked that. Rice cakes: check

  • CheezyK September 14, 2011, 7:24 pm

    We’ve been a one car family for 11 of our 12 years of marriage. For some of that time we also had a motorcycle but for most of the time I’ve either walked or caught public transport to work (its a one hour commute these days so I can’t possibly walk it!). My husband rode his bicycle for a few years until he became a sparky (too many tools to lug around now plus it’s no longer a ‘there and back again’ trip). In the last few months he’s been given a work van so our car’s back to only coming out of the garage 2-3 times a week. We have a shopping centre that’s about a 20 min walk away so we try to only walk there too rather than take the car, especially once the ‘silly season’ shopping starts!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 14, 2011, 7:30 pm

    I would find it really tough not to have the freedom to go where I want when I want. But I think being able to pay off your debts is totally worth it! That must feel so awesome for you!

  • Dynamics September 14, 2011, 7:35 pm

    A family friend lives in Southern California and has one car AND when their daughter turned 16 she also shared this one car. I am totally amazed at how that is even possible. I wish I lived in a community where I could walk everywhere. I would definitely get rid of my car.

  • Leah September 14, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Great job on paying off your car.

    When we were first married we did the 1-car thing for 2.5 years. It was great while I was in school (I bused) or when we lived close to work. Once we moved further from work it became a little more difficult as even though we worked in the same office, typically the day he’d have a 6:30 or 7am meeting with a client was the day I would have a meeting until 6pm, or the other way around.

    For 4 of 5 years we dated before we married, we survived without a car and occasionally borrowed one of my parents cars. The last year he had a car, that I occasionally borrowed.

    As for now, we have 3 active kids, and I’m not currently working. The only way we could go down to a 1 car family would be for him to commute by bus (>60min each direction) or by bike (35min each direction) EVERYDAY. That just doesn’t work for us. And sometimes we need the second vehicle to get kids to activities… Both our vehicles have long since been paid off…

  • Jazz September 14, 2011, 7:51 pm

    One car for sure! We’ve never had an issue, but I think it’s cause we do a lot together and also usually walk!

  • Ami@dashofcurry.com September 14, 2011, 8:09 pm

    My husband and I essentially share one car, although we own two. We only have one parking spot and can’t park overnight on the street, so we rent a garage space a few blocks away from our home. Thus, we try to make due with just one car that we always have access to. It works well, especially because my husband takes a train to work and I drop him off and pick him up at the train station. It also helps that we live in a very walkable city– sometimes driving is more of a pain than anything else!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic September 14, 2011, 8:27 pm

    my husband and i have been a 1-car family for 2 years now, for very similar reasons as you and your hubby. At first it was no problem, as we worked close to each other and it was easy to carpool. But now, I’m a grad student and my schedule is all over the place. I may need to be somewhere in the morning, the evening, or anywhere in between and it’s really difficult with only 1 vehicle. Plus, I recently started teaching at a community college across town, which has just exacerbated the problem.
    We’re thinking of getting a scooter so we have some other form of transportation, but lately I’ve been wondering whether we should go back to having 2 cars again. I haven’t missed the expense, but I sure do miss the freedom!
    PS: getting stuck sucks! I’ve definitely been on campus for 12 hour days before if the hubbs has had work to do and hasn’t been able to pick me up when I get “off”

  • RunEatRepeat September 14, 2011, 9:07 pm

    We tried to be a one car family, but it didn’t work. In southern California it’s super hard. Plus, I feel like Ben thought it kinda took away his independence since I had the care more. We got him a used truck. Now we’re happier.

  • Erin September 14, 2011, 9:09 pm

    My boyfriend and I have been sharing one car for the last 3 years and at first I needed it for school, then when we were both working in Boston it didn’t move for months as we relied on public transportation and finally for the last few months Josh has needed the car since he’s working out of the city.

    In all this time we have never had issues regarding the car and share very well. Some times if I work from home I might not be able to go very far but I have my bike and my feet so it’s not like I’m stuck inside all day.

    This probably wouldn’t work if one of us couldn’t rely on public transportation but we can and I am so happy that we don’t need another car because honestly that equals more bills, more parking issues and more gas/fumes/ecological issues.

  • Jennifer September 14, 2011, 9:16 pm

    My husband and I have two cars but we carpool almost daily. For us, it was a gas issue. We work almost the same hours and we’re only about 5-10 minutes from each others work. After several months of driving separate, we were like, hello? And it’s been great. We look forward to the one-on-one time together. When we get home from work I hit the computer and do school work, he hits the couch and watches TV. So we don’t really get to spend too much time together during the week, except for our drives to and from work. So it’s nice!

  • Amber@I Heart Colorado September 14, 2011, 10:21 pm

    My husband and I shared a car for several years. We loved the money saved by not paying two insurances and having to fill to gas tanks, and it forced us to be more conscious about our car usage. But now I work in another city, and my husband is back in school. Carpooling together is no longer an option. When the weather is nice, he rides his bike to school, but public transportation is iffy in our town, so winters can be difficult. I leave for work at 6am (I’m a teacher), and he often has to work on projects at school until midnight or later.

    I so wish we could keep sharing a car, but until our schedules are more aligned, it’s really difficult. There are times when I miss sharing a car (like when the insurance bill rolls in or when we have to fill two tanks of gas in one week), and I do miss the extra time we spent together. But, I also love having my independence back! When we got our second car this summer (a very generous hand-me-down from my grandparents) I suddenly felt like a liberated adult all over again!

  • TheHungeredOne@MovingandMunching September 14, 2011, 10:26 pm

    Woah! I just realized I have been reading this for almost a year! I remember the car post. Having a bike certainly helps the one-car thing! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 15, 2011, 9:13 am

      Thanks for reading for so long!

  • Dorry September 14, 2011, 10:48 pm

    My husband and I share a car, and I agree with all of your “good” points! We are so aware of each other’s schedules, and we utilize a shared Google calendar with my lululemon work schedule/workouts and his work meetings, etc. It works really well for us!

  • Lee September 14, 2011, 11:23 pm

    No. My husband works 3am – noon three days a week so I wouldn’t be able to get to work (or he wouldn’t) if we didn’t both have a car.

  • Khushboo September 15, 2011, 1:56 am

    Caitlin, have u tried rice cake pizzas–> super yum!

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl September 15, 2011, 8:14 am

    We don’t even one OWN car… we own 2 bicycles! The joys of living in Amsterdam. I’m an American (my partner is Dutch) so not having a car drives me freaking insane sometimes. I miss car time!

  • Emily September 15, 2011, 9:13 am

    Congratulations on achieving your debt elimination goals! That must feel SO good. *fingers crossed* I’ll be able to say the same thing one year from now!

    My roommate and I had to share a car for about a month last year and it really cramped my style and I could figure out why since we do almost everything together anyways. But then I realized that I spend my entire commute having imaginary conversations and talk out loud to myself. ha. It’s how I process things and I couldn’t just ramble on to myself with him sitting there. Apparently it’s a necessity for me to have my own car.

  • Kattrina September 15, 2011, 9:24 am

    We are a one car/one drive family – which is extra difficult. It’s not so bad having only one car because my husband can walk to work. However, it is annoying that only I can drive. My husband doesn’t have his license yet (he just recently moved to the US) so that means I have to drive him places like class and to soccer games. I don’t normally mind but every once in a while I want to be somewhere but can’t be because I have to drive him somewhere. However, it’s nice having only one car and only one car payment. I take a communter bus to work so although I work 50 miles away, it’s only a 1.5 mile drive to the bus stop. I grew up in a one-car family though too, so that makes it easier to adjust I guess.

  • Mac September 15, 2011, 9:35 am

    If I didn’t have two jobs, I think we definitely could share a car. I don’t mind biking all over town, but right now with two jobs I sometimes have to zip from one to the other and I would not have enough time to get there if I biked. I would love to have just one car though, ahhh the money we would save 🙂

  • Anne@A Gluten-Less Foodie September 15, 2011, 9:49 am

    We are a “one car family”, as well. However, what makes it easy for us is the fact that I work from home full time and we live in a big city, so I can walk everywhere. The financial freedom that it has provided has been amazing!

  • Sarah September 15, 2011, 10:02 am

    We are currently a one-car family and are making it work. However, I am expecting my first baby in a few (about 7!) weeks. While I am fine without a car for financial reasons, the husband really wants to get me one because he wants me able to go where I need to, should the baby need anything.
    I’ll admit I’m feeling a bit relieved because our area isn’t exactly walkable. I think if it was, I’d pretty much insist on going car-less.

  • Tracy September 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    No way. We don’t live in a walkable neighborhood with public transportation. We both work (similar location, but different hours), have 3 kids, and those kids have multiple evening activities in various locations. We don’t have car loans nor student loans. Our debt can be summed up as: just a mortgage. But our vehicles are old – a 1997 and a 2004. We’re saving to replace the ’97 with a 2010 in another year or so (we always buy used).

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 15, 2011, 11:11 am

    We are a one car family right now, but with two kids and two jobs…that’s not working so well. We need another one stat! UGH, I don’t want to buy a car!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy September 15, 2011, 11:15 am

    The manfriend sold his car at the beginning of the summer and has been biking to work ever since. It works well for us (at least so far) because his work is only a few miles away and I need a car more often (I do a lot of errands and need it occasionally for work meetings when a bike just wouldn’t make sense or work wearing nice clothes). I think it will require some compromise during the winter when I need to take him to work and he starts earlier than I do, but we’ll make it work.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 15, 2011, 11:44 am

    we’re actually a NO car family. But then again we live in Toronto and are currently a one income family since I’m school now. Actually my bf has never owned a car ever, but yes he does have his license. I can’t wait to be a one car family … I feel like we’ll drive to the cottage and out of the city for hiking trips all the time! Oh and groceries, I cannot wait to do groceries with a car.

  • D September 15, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Having one car is not an option for me since my commute to work is about 45minutes on a good day. When theres an accident. Good Lord, it takes about 2 hours. Yay. This includes taking toll. Don’t even get me started on toll fee. I go through 3 each way and go through 2 for lunch so $1.75 times 8 each day is what I end up paying just for toll. Then theres gas…. I am envious of your seemingly traffic and toll free lifestyle!

  • Amber K September 15, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I wish I could for the environment, but it would just never work. My husband is gone with the car at work all day long (and he works faaaar away). We’d spend so much more on gas if I took him to work, then drove back to our place to be able to do my own stuff and then have to pick him up again. While he’d probably have more fun on the very long commute, it’s just not feasible. I wish we lived in a place that was more walkable, but every place I would need to go during the day is at least 15 min. away.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I share a car with my brother and completely agree with your pro/con list. I think we cope pretty well generally, but sometimes I resent having to checl with him that I can go where I want whenever I want to. Well done though – so much better for the environment and bank account!

  • Dani September 15, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I definitely want to try this when I move into the city – living in DC, it just makes sense. Just to park at my office is $300/month and parking is never included in rent, so add another $100-200 just to park your car at home. So crazy!

    I do think that we’d have to eventually go back to a 2 car family when there are children running around, but that is a few years off. Ideally, I could sell my car now and keep saving the $ that I currently spend on car related items, then pay for my next car in cash.

  • Charise September 16, 2011, 8:39 am

    We do not have that option – my husband drives 35 min northwest of our home to work, I drive 20 min southeast, and we do not live in a very walkable area (ohhhh, suburbs!). Even if one of us worked only at home or very close by, I think it would drive me cuh-razy to not be able to always go where I want, when I want.

  • lucy1 September 16, 2011, 1:43 pm

    We only have one car and actually were a zero car family for over three years (by choice). When child No. 2 came along, we got one again, but mostly for travels over 100 km and for some appointments with doctors that are hard to reach with public transport. Our car stands still at least 4 days a week, often more.

  • Maren September 16, 2011, 9:24 pm

    okay, I’m going to sit down this weekend and read ALL of these comments! My (very serious) boyfriend and I just leased a brand new truck and traded in my car. So, I’m driving his car now, which is paid off, and we’re splitting the cost of the truck. Fair enough since he owned his car outright and I was still paying mine off. We’ve been considering selling the car for awhile now since I live walking distance from work. We just haven’t “seriously” talked about actually doing it. We just think about how nice it would be to get a hefty check for the car! I hope some of these comments will help us along with our decision! Thanks for the post lady!

  • AmandaonMaui September 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

    We were a one car family up until this year (that’s seven years with one car). He works from home, so it makes things easier. I only take the car out to school once a week, and to the grocery stores once a week. He takes a vehicle once a week to go play music, and if I plan to go to my friend’s house that same night we used to have him drop me off but now he can take the truck. We bought the truck for offroading without having to borrow his brother’s truck. We like to get out of the city and go camping a lot. We bought both cars used and outright. It makes life much easier to save up the cash and buy a car outright than to have car payments.

  • Alett September 20, 2011, 9:43 am

    hubby and I share a car however, we both live within walking distance from our jobs plus very close to public transportation.

    I imagine it would be a very different story if we weren’t right in the city.

    : )

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 21, 2011, 7:16 pm

    The hubby and I shared a car for our first 5 years of marriage, and now for the past couple years we have had two (until a couple weeks ago when someone tried to steal mine, and now it is in the shop being repaired from all the damage).

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