A major milestone is fast approaching.

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Seven weeks from today my Princess Girl will turn sixteen years old.




Ok, now that we are all revived and back off the floor… Sixteen! She has finals on her birthday for the second year in a row. She is already making plans to get her driver’s license as soon as finals are over. Or in between them if she has a morning break.

Of course, being not quite sixteen she hasn’t yet bothered to ask me if I am willing or able to take time off work so she can obtain her driver’s license on a Wednesday. But I’m working on that as well. I’m a good mom.

Along with a driver’s license, every sixteen, or nearly sixteen, year old dreams of their first car. Like many parents, I have been planning for this for a long time. I bought my car just over 5 years ago with the thought that the timing would be perfect for me to get a new car and her to inherit my old one.

And I was right. My car has just over 150,000 miles on it. Yes, that is over 125,000 in just over five years. I drive a LOT. Perfect for a new driver.

That means, however, that I have to start shopping for a new car. I know, you are thinking ‘and that’s a problem?’. Well, see, I haven’t car shopped in over five years. I haven’t had a car payment in over two years. Car prices have increase sharply in the last five years.

I’m currently panicking over my budget. And I don’t want to compromise on a car either.

In fact, I’m looking at a cross-over so I have more room. What? You think because now she will have her own car I won’t need as much room in mine? Let’s look at this shall we?

1. She’s a brand new driver. At first she’s only going to school and back.

2. I have to ask my parents to borrow or meet me with their truck/suv every time I want to purchase a large item (you know how I go through lawn mowers). And having to ask J is the same as asking them… I’m way too independent for that.

3. (Don’t remind me) She will be going off to college in 2 1/2 years. We are going to need something to haul all her crap in.

Now let’s look at the cons:

1. I get 30 mpg in my car now.

2. Cross-over prices.

Yeah. So I have seven weeks to resolve this dilema and find a vehicle I want and buy it.

Wish me luck!

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