The guys (and dd wants to go) have a swap meet they want to attend on Saturday (and I get the whole day to MYSELF!) to try and sell a few things and see what good deals they can find to turn around and spend their money on. This swap meet is a 2 hour drive away and in order to take one of our 6 foot long folding tables, for setting up their wares, they would need to drive our big old SUV up there. At a gas guzzling 10 mpg it will cost almost $100 to make the round trip.
Now before you think we were totally un-frugal and went and paid out $40 or $50 Thousand Ddollars on one of these things - we did not! We spent $5,000 on one...a used 2003 model that was a fleet truck from a railroad company, 195,000 miles on it. When gas went over $4 a gallon, the price of these used guzzler's came way down. And it fit the needs we have for occasional use, it's not a daily driver for any of us. But when we all (us, kids, often times a friend or two, and the dog) all need to get somewhere or we need to haul something big or with the trailer, that's what we use. It's certainly not a frugal vehicle in anyway whatsoever but when you have a trailer to pull you need this or a truck and $5000 was about the cheapest we could find to do it. I was actually very proud of Dh on this purchase. In earlier years it would've had to be new or nothing. Hey, I take his financial changes however I can get them ;)
One of the kids mentioned "why don't we take Mom's car?" (a mini type of crossover that gets 30mpg) and Dh mentioned the 6ft table wouldn't fit. "Well, unless I had one of those types of folding tables that folds in half. Then we could take Mom's car." I looked online with Home Depot and Lowes and they are about $50. Oh man, I didn't want to fork out another $50 for something we don't absolutely have to have! But then the accountant in me did the math. 250 miles round trip in the gas guzzler would cost almost $100 in gas. 250 miles round trip in my car would cost about $33. Add in $50 for a new table and we'd still be $17 ahead...and have a new table to boot! So, I headed to Walmart, to check there first before I drove all the way to the Home Improvement stores and found the table he wanted for $40. Did I mention I get the whole day to myself on Saturday???!!