Recently, I interviewed with a great Houston-based company. It was almost a dream come true, a combination of art installation and fabrication. I have been so used to working freelance, it came as a complete surprise to me that they offered their employees full-time work. I told them that, while I probably couldn't take it, I'd need to talk to the missus about it before I could make a firm decision.
If I took the job, we would have to buy a second car immediately (and incur a whole set of new expenses relating to it). Further, expecting our first child, my wife and I need to have flexibility in our schedules that a full-time job for me wouldn't allow. So, for the time being, I'm taking a pass on the job, and we'll postpone the purchase of another car until our baby's arrival is closer.
Job or no job, I keep thinking that this new daughter of mine is going to be getting cool toys and goodies at the expense of all the goodies I want!
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The OC Register has an interesting article about a family that got rid of their car and ended up saving a lot of money. - Life: Giving up gasoline and getting in gear