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    April Frugals

    I just blew my chance to have my average end of year spending lower than last year's by buying a new car. What's frugal is I spent less than I had saved in my new car fund by switching from a compact to a subcompact. What would normally be frugal is I paid cash, but interest rates are so low now I don't know that that's a factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    I just blew my chance to have my average end of year spending lower than last year's by buying a new car. What's frugal is I spent less than I had saved in my new car fund by switching from a compact to a subcompact. What would normally be frugal is I paid cash, but interest rates are so low now I don't know that that's a factor.
    Saving up for a car in advance and spending less than you had allocated is definitely a frugal in my book!

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    You could say that you have not spent more this year as you had saved up for it. Bravo for having done that!

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    Jeppy, did your car salesman “send in the manager to talk with you” about how you should finance this car rather than pay cash? Because then you would have cash to go on vacation! Or etc.

    that happened at our last car buying event.

    Prior to that, when we bought two cars in one year through our friend, he didn’t fuss us with the “you should finance this” talk because he deals with a lot of old people like us who just want to buy a car, making it simple, and not complicate the deal. He knows his clientele.

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    As others have said, yes frugal as you had saved up for it and still spent less. Congrats on the new car.
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    You are way ahead of most people by paying cash. Congrats!!

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    Maybe the new car wasn't a good decision. Today, the first full day I drive it, and keep in mind it's brand new, I get to work fine but at lunchtime when I turn it on because it's a nice day and I want to roll down the windows the check engine light comes on. I turn it off and try again, a rumbling noise and the light again. Let it rest try again, no noise but the light thing. I try to call roadside assistance and you need to a smartphone which I do not have to click in a link in a text, you cannot get a live person. So I call the dealership, they have me try again, check engine light again. They will send out a tow truck bringing me a loaner and taking the lemon back for the master mechanic to look at. So I hate my car again!

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    buying cars for cash is why I have a pretty mediocre credit rating though. I look at my credit rating: "Meh. Oh, never financed anything beyond a monthly credit card, duh I guess"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Maybe the new car wasn't a good decision. Today, the first full day I drive it, and keep in mind it's brand new, I get to work fine but at lunchtime when I turn it on because it's a nice day and I want to roll down the windows the check engine light comes on. I turn it off and try again, a rumbling noise and the light again. Let it rest try again, no noise but the light thing. I try to call roadside assistance and you need to a smartphone which I do not have to click in a link in a text, you cannot get a live person. So I call the dealership, they have me try again, check engine light again. They will send out a tow truck bringing me a loaner and taking the lemon back for the master mechanic to look at. So I hate my car again!
    Wow. That's disappointing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Wow. That's disappointing.
    Ugh,awful! Just bad. Sorry!

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