Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Day We've Been Waiting For

Today was a great day! We paid off our SUV, and Grant picked up his brand new car from the dealership! The warm weather was icing on the cake!

When Dylan was a baby, we traded in our sporty car for a new, family-friendly SUV. I was a recent stay-at-home-mom, so we decided to save money by only having one car until it was paid off.

We knew it was going to be difficult at times, but Grant worked nearby, so we made it work. It worked well for years, but the past year has been the hardest, due to our schedules becoming busier. We knew we couldn't last much longer without a second car, but we stayed strong, and our determination paid off!

I made the last payment on our SUV today. It was a huge feeling of accomplishment! It's still in fantastic shape, because we took great care of it. Grant had his car custom built, and it showed up at his family's car dealership before it was even scheduled to be built, thanks to his wonderful uncle! The paperwork finally arrived today, so he got to pick it up!

Grant decided to forgo his dream car (a Camaro) for now, and opted for a 2011 Chevy Cruze RS. He picked every option: the color, leather interior, sunroof, remote start, heated seats, and turbo charged engine. It is a beauty! I must say, I'm slightly jealous that I won't be driving it around!

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The SUV is all mine, and he now has his own car to drive around. We are so excited to finally have two cars, but only one (lower!!!) car payment!

The weather was so gorgeous today. Dylan was excited to wear a t-shirt with no coat on, and even more excited that he got to play outside at recess! As soon as he got home, we all went outside to play!

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We are really looking forward to the weather warming up for good, and super excited about having the freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we want!

23 comments:

  1. Congrats! I can't wait till mine is paid off cause I am driving that baby around till it dies on me. Seriously! Cute pics!

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  2. NICE car :)

    and I am lol'ing about that little butt crack picture ;)....hehehe

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  3. So exciting! We've done the one car thing a few times, and it's been so difficult! I've always been SO grateful when the Lord provides another car for us!!! Yay!!!

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  4. Congrats! Isn't it great to have a car with no payment? My suv is kinda old and worn out but there's no payment so I'm keeping in! Love that little crack btw! haha

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  5. Yey for paying off the SUV And whoah brand new car too. Exciting huh! Congraduations! It's hard living on a 1 car thing. I have 2 kids and my husband works so it's driving me crazy with jsut ONE car. But, we manage. So you guys deserve that 2nd car! Beautifulness.

    Anyways, Steph... you've won an award. It's just awaiting your acceptance. Happy Aloha Friday, TGIF doll.

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  6. Oh my goodness, that picture of Lexie's crack is so unbelievably cute!

    Jdaddy works for GM, so he got to drive a Cruze around for a little while and he loved it. He said it's a great car. He probably would have gone with that when we got his new car last month, except he has such a long commute that I knew he'd be happier in a bigger car.

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  7. love the pics! And you gotta love the feeling of paying a car off :) WOOHOOOO!!! We only have one car note now too, after paying off my hubby's truck! I love that feeling and what a great new car for your man...he looks happy in it!

    Have a great day!

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  8. Congrats! I don't know how you could make it that long with one car! That would neevr work for us! Kudos!

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  9. you are so lucky to have a new car and one car payment. we dont have a car payent and can not afford one at all right now. hoping our cars have no more issues for awhile.

    glad you are enjoying the warmer weather.

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  10. Oh goodness I wrote the comment in the post below which is so cute! I said I was happy that your SUV was paid off. It is a great feeling! Have a good day my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  11. Good for you all! We try to make wise money choices and live within our means as well. That way we have no debt...Kudo's to you both!!

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  12. Super cute blog!! I'm a new follower!

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  13. Congrats on paying off your car and on the new one! There is no way we could survive with one car, so I am totally impressed!! Love the pictures:) We are so glad it is finally warming up here too!

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  14. Wow...I'm so impressed at your commitment and your dedication to pay it off before getting another! Congrats to you and enjoy the new ride! :)

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  15. I think it's SO awesome that you have Lexie's butt crack in that photo!

    I admire your dedication to one car and being smart with your money. Too many people aren't that regimented.

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  16. Congrats on the car!!! It is gorgeous out here too... but we haven't made it outside yet. I'm hoping it's still nice in a little while!

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  17. That's great news! Wayne recently got rid of his sports car too so we were down to one car (which thankfully is paided off) he just found a truck that he loves and we were able to pay cash for it so we have not car payments! Yay!!!
    Love the butt crack photo!!

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  18. Oh Lexies bum pic is the best! Yay for the new car. Not sure how u managed with one, kudos to u guys. Wouldn't have worked for us, although I wish it did!

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  19. well done on paying off the SUV and on the new wheels!! NICE!

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  20. Wow!!! What a beautiful car! That "cheeks" are so funny and cute! :)

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