Posts Tagged ‘Gas’

The 200,000 Mile Club

March 5th, 2010

200,000 Miles!!

On Wednesday night, our family hit a milestone.  My car, a 2000 Nissan Maxima, eclipsed the 200,000 mile mark!

A Paradigm Shift in Materialism

I’ve been looking forward to my car’s mileage anniversary for months now.  Obviously I’m pretty pumped about this, but many of you are probably thinking, “Why are you driving an old piece of junk?”

Well, since our family’s epiphany about the way we handle money, we’ve changed our attitudes about stuff.  We’ve tried to live within our means and eliminate the vicious cycle of consumer debt.  Instead of a brand new car with astronomical payments, I value no car payment, affordable car insurance and extra money each month to pay off student loans.  Each ding, dent, and extra mile on my Maxima is another badge of honor!  I don’t want to keep up with the Joneses, just for the sake of keeping up with them.  Besides, it’s still running in great condition, and has had no major issues since I replaced the clutch about 150,000 miles ago (it’s a 5-speed manual transmission).

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday…

I don’t know when my Nissan will give up the ghost, but I have a feeling the actual car will fall apart before the engine ever will.  I’m not sure when we will get a new(er) car, or at what point we cross that threshold, but for now, I’ll enjoy cruising in my ride, knowing I got more miles out of it than I ever thought I would.

What About Your Ride?

Tell me about your car — how many miles are on it?  Are you in the 100k or 200k club?  When is the right time to get a newer one?  Do you “drive it ’till it dies”??

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#005 — What’s On Tap: Pets, Birthdays, Mexico & New Edition

January 26th, 2009


I’m in the middle of a very busy stretch of life these days, some of it planned & some of it not!  Here’s a few QuickHits to give you an idea of what’s on my mind, and what I plan on blogging about this week.  Take a look and enjoy!

Pet Insurance

As I wrote about last week, one of my dogs swallowed an entire sock, had to have surgery to remove it, and may force the use of our emergency fund this week.  While I was at the vet spending my future kids’ college fund to save my dog’s life, I picked up some brochures on pet insurance.

So to briefly continue my pet-related theme here at MyMoneyMinute, I’d like to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of purchasing pet insurance vs. self-insuring through these times of calamity with our furry loved ones.  I guess that’s the beauty of blogging — you never know what life will throw at you (or in this case, what it will swallow).  So you get to adapt with me in these quick changes in life!  A scripted life would be quite boring anyway, wouldn’t it?

Happy Birthday to Me!

Wednesday is a landmark day in the MyMoneyMinute household, as I hit the big 3-0.  That’s right, I’ll be turning 30!  I’m sure I’ll provide some obvious self-reflection on that day, and somehow I’ll shoehorn in something that’s money-themed with it.  This may fall under the “and all that implies” part of MyMoneyMinute.  We’ll see.

Vacation to Mexico

It has been quite a while since we have been able to take a vacation that didn’t involve flying home to see family.  Don’t get me wrong, I love our families, but it will be nice for the two of us to just get away and recharge the batteries without any other responsibilities or obligations.  We’re flying off to Riviera Maya, near Cancun, on Saturday!  Four nights of all-inclusive resort bliss.  Expect a vacation-related post this week.

New Edition on Website — Find Cheap Gas!

All right, I guess I’m misleading you a bit here.  I am not interviewing New Edition, the pop group from the ’80s.  But I do have a new addition to my website.  Available on the tabs at the top of my page is a link that allows you to search for the lowest gas prices in your area, courtesy of! I’ll probably post a QuickHit on this later in the week, but feel free to navigate over and see where the lowest gas prices are in your city.

That’s about it for now.  I’m looking forward to this week’s batch of posts.  Here’s hoping it all goes according to schedule!

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COmfH & Toots Fontaine

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