Sustainability

Driving only one vehicle

While creating our 2011 budget, I engaged in a thought experiment about creative ways to dramatically reduce our costs in order to live within our means and save for our dreams: ditch one car.  I'll explain my thinking to provide some insight into how the financial mechanics work.

Total cost of ownership

When looking at the cost of owning a car, there are many costs involved, with an example of monthly costs in parentheses:

How to buy healthy, sustainable, local beef

There is a lot of evidence that grocery store meat may be poorly raised with chemicals and hormones injected and poorly slaughtered.  Also the meat is hung only for a short period of time, which does not produce the high quality you get at a famous steakhouse.

Knowing the source of your food at one level is difficult, and we get along find without knowing.  So why bother?

Three reasons: