If you try sometime... you just might find...

If you try sometime... you just might find...

Picture it. The suburbs of Buffalo. Summer of 2005. My hubby and I had been married for four years, and I had just got the car of my dreams. A new-to-me, shiny, black VW Beetle was mine (complete with the bud vase and everything!). We had two incomes, ate out a lot, and now I had new wheels. Life was sweet.

Fast forward a few months down the road. After a glorious summer of cruisin' around town in my awesome, small, two-door car, we had a major life change. Make that changes. Yes, the baby we had been wanting and waiting for over two years was on its way. Well, on their way; turns out, there were two on their way.

You can imagine, we were totally overjoyed. And overwhelmed. We were socked with the news that I would be out of work about six months into the pregnancy (my doctor, very conservative, played it safe from the beginning). On top of that, it soon became clear that one of our cars had to go.

My husband had an older Saturn sports car with a ton of miles on it. I, of course, was driving my beloved VW. No room for two car seats in either of those puppies; forget a folded double stroller. So what's a budding family to do?

Obviously we needed a vehicle with more room, and mine, being the newest model and having the greatest value, became the object of our intention: the intention to sell or trade for a roomier mini van.

So, about a month before the twins entered the world (which was about a month and a half too early, so really, just in the nick of time) I bid farewell to my dream car and said hello to the huge, beige mini-van with great mileage and lots of room. I had just joined the ranks of mini-van moms across the country.

Thankfully, between the trade in value of my beloved Beetle and a bit of help from our savings, we now had a new (to us) van with no car payments. When our girls graduated from the NICU about two weeks after birth, we were able to ride them home in safety and without another debt added to our list.

The financial lesson I learned from my sweet babies? As the old Stones' song goes: you can't always get what you want . . . but you get what you need.

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retirebyforty wrote:

Fri, 11/12/2010 - 18:51 Comment #: 1

I know how you feel. Our '98 BMW Z3 just broke down and we got a Mazda 5 minivan to replace it.... baby on the way. There are two kind of people in this world, convertible people and everybody else. We're not convertible people anymore. :(
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Nancy wrote:

Fri, 11/12/2010 - 23:58 Comment #: 2

Great article....priorities in life are ever-changing, Or at least they should be.

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Lauren wrote:

Sat, 11/13/2010 - 23:27 Comment #: 3

I know for a fact that you can get one car seat in a bug, but two is stretching it. Maybe if you and your husband were shorter...

Life changes, we just gotta roll with the punches, the head butts and the body slams. I admire you for making the decision to sacrifice what you wanted for what you needed. The Stones would be proud.

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When Two Incomes Become One | MomVesting wrote:

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 11:15 Comment #: 4

[...] beloved VW Beetle and its tag-along payments were swapped out for a mini-van with no payments and room for twins plus a mountain of baby gear. My hubby's daily lunches at the [...]