You might remember, last year, we became a one car family.
We were very content with our little red car. Almost a year on, it has never provided any sort of issue. We have always been able to work out any need to be in two separate places at once, and the whole journey has gone very well.
However, we are now officially a two car family again!
Why, if we were so happy being a one car family?
In a word: necessity.
Exctingly, I have recently been selected for a promotion at work. I was fairly inexperienced for the position, so didn’t hold high hopes of being selected but when I was, we were both ecstatic.
We knew that we were likely moving at the end of this year, so it seemed like good timing. The promotion is for a position in Sydney. Yes, Sydney! Not a place we ever thought we’d move to!
It comes with a very decent pay rise, as well as the usual increase in workload and responsibility. Also as part of the package, all of my relocation costs will be covered which, after we moved ourselves up here last year, we’re very grateful for.
We are lucky in that Poopsie’s job is extremely flexible and he can almost work from anywhere. Once we found out about my promotion, he quickly spoke with his boss and was able to secure a transfer to Sydney as well.
The catch: we will be working in offices thirty minutes apart.
For the opportunity that I’m taking, this is definitely worth it to us. However, public transport is not a convenient option in the area these offices happen to be in.
Enter: a new to us car.
In another bout of fortuitous timing, my dad has recently retired and was looking to sell his car. He was putting it off though, as he hates selling things and dealing with potential buyers. His eyes literally lit up when we suggested we could buy it from him.
He gave us a good deal and for $5000 we purchased a 2012 Hyundai i-30 with 200 000km on it. My dad’s job required a lot of driving, hence the high kilometres. However, the car is in excellent condition and will do the job nicely.
Our plan is to live quite close to my workplace, so only one of us will be doing a big commute. Poopsie will take the little red car to work, about 30 minutes each way. I will have a 5-10 minute commute in the new car.
We are extremely excited about this opportunity. The increased salary will certainly speed up our savings, but the new challenge for me is also something I’m looking forward to.
As I said, we never thought we would end up living in Sydney. I lived there quite a while ago, straight out of university. It’s a big and busy city, which we usually don’t like. However, we’re excited about this new chapter in our lives!
Have you ever lived in Sydney? Any recommendations?
We will not be including the $5000 purchase of the car when calculating our savings rate. We pulled the full amount from our savings and paid my dad. Our savings rate is used to calculate how much of our take home pay we’re able to save, and including this purchase would not provide an accurate picture of the amount we are saving.