ST PAUL, MN–Yesterday, we saved our family $5,000 a year. We took our leased Impreza Sport in early and will now drive a minivan we bought with cash, per Dave Ramsey’s influence in The Total Money Makeover.
Our situation–saving us nearly $500 a month–is not average, nor is it normal by any means: 1/3 of all new cars are leased per average on 2018 consumer reports; nearly half of American adults rely on auto loans to pay for their vehicles: NOT OWNED.
We own our minivan outright, that’s unusual in a world where living on credit is standard. And by owning with no payments we save, BIG TIME. Also, by owning, within our means, we get out of debt sooner.
No more $343.17 a month to Chase for the Subaru we NEVER owned. No more $135 a month for insurance, high-end comprehensive, required by the lease agreement. On the minivan our first payment was the last!
We stopped paying for Subaru and Chase’s beach house, we are going to buy our own eventually, and sooner now.
I share our story because you too can do anything with a plan, action and a goal. Time to buy with cash, stop living beyond our means on credit. Patience and persistence to long-term success, good luck.
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