In case you weren’t aware, my wife and I about a year ago, after being dedicated Dave Ramsey listeners, proudly became Debt Free. One of the hardest things about being debt free is remaining debt free. Its so tempting at times to justify things, saying “we’re debt free, so let’s go ahead and get it”. However, then you remember how much freedom there is in being debt free, and you remember how your goal is to continue to be that way, and it makes decisions a lot easier.
Again, I’m not bashing anyone who is not debt free. We aren’t officially debt free, because we do still have a mortgage. However, aside from that we owe nothing to anyone! I want to encourage all of you who think that debt is a way of life, to rethink that idea. Being a minister for all of my adult life, I have not brought in a ton of money. I feel we live a very modest life style. We don’t have a lot of luxuries.
So, when it came time this past week to look for a new car for Kristen, we had a lot of things to think about. We have enough money to get a car payment and it not break our backs completely. We would have been able to get a newer car with less miles. But it would have completely nullified all we had worked towards. We had been setting aside money knowing this day was coming. We got a decent offer for our trade in, and we put cash towards the new car, and walked out of the dealer with a 2005 Toyota Highlander with 72,000 miles on it.
We’ve always liked the Highlanders. The new models are very attractive. However, we knew that we didn’t have $30,000 to buy one, nor did we want to pay $300 a month towards something for 5-6 years. So we settled on a much cheaper vehicle.
No, its not new. No, its not as shiny. But its an upgrade from the 04 CRV. And most of all, my wife is ECSTATIC!! I really want to encourage everyone to aim for a debt free life! YOU CAN DO IT!! I know you can!
Here’s a picture of Josie and Kristen with the new ride: