Jessica Cave leads the way while Erick and their daughter Rachel follow as the family heads down Bristol St. on a recent shopping trip.
Photo: Michael Goulding / The OC Register
Tired of dumping money into car repairs, a Santa Ana, California family decided to take the plunge and ditched their car all together. The result? Much less stress and the family even recouped a third of their income in six months!
"It's taken a lot of stress out of our lives," Erick says. "We're not hurrying all the time. And we spend more time together as a family."
Within two months they paid off two credit cards. No car meant no car bills. It also meant no quick trips to Taco Bell. No morning jolt of Starbucks. No impulse buys of jeans or toys at Target.
Shopping on a bike, says Erick, prompts the question: "Do we really need an extra box of Crunch 'n Munch?"
One day Jess had a strange complaint: too much money in her wallet and no place to put it. Erick figured out they were recouping more than a third of their income.
"It's as if your boss came in," he says, "and asked if you wanted a 35 percent raise."
Link - Thanks Julie Anne I!
Update 9/25/07: Also check out Erick's website, where he has addressed many of the questions/comments below - Thanks Erick!