I thought you were getting a brand new mini van? Seems weird to brag about getting a brand new mini van and then get a used suburban. - Anonymous
Not that it is Really any of your business, but since I did say I wanted a mini van I guess I can explain. One, I don't think saying I wanted a mini van and preferably a newer one is 'bragging' by any means. So the reason we didn't get a new minivan OR a brand new suburban (and you are right it's not new it's 5 years old) is because we were going to be paying cash (did pay cash) so we wouldn't have an extra big payment a month. Turns out new mini vans or even ones that are are a year or two old are 35K, and a new suburban like the one we got would be 55-65K and we didn't have that. We had 30K budgeted from selling our house to put towards a new (to us) bigger vehicle.
So we had 30 we wanted to spend, and then a situation came up where we found out about an orphanage that my husbands boss founded in Nicaragua were in desperate need of a bus. The children who were strong enough/able were walking 4-5 miles one way to go to school. After Drew found out about that he brought it up and we talked about it we decided to take the 10 thousand needed to buy the orphanage a bus out of our car budget. We feel like we didn't really NEED a new car (even though I really really wanted one) and one that was a few years old would be just fine with us if it meant these kids were going to get to ride a bus to school.
So that's where our new car went. Satisfied?
And the reason we went with the suburban was mainly Drew. He Really really didn't want a mini van. And after I test drove the suburban I was sold on it as well. Though sliding doors would have been really nice. Oh well. I'm happy with the suburban, and if I ever get pissed about not having a brand new mini van, I'm sure it will help to visual the kids getting a ride to school instead of walking on a supposedly super dangerous, curvy road.
Drew's boss is heading down to the orphanage in December and is promising to bring back pictures of the kids on the bus, so I'm looking forward to actually seeing where the money went!
And sorry if this sounds snarky. I spent nap time watching a really intense Swedish/Portugal soccer game that didn't have the outcome I wanted. Plus, I have only had one cup of coffee today.