So far the year is off to a good start. I was not feeling great about my car even after my lackluster test-drive of the 2013 Honda Civic, so I bought a Consumer Reports car review magazine at my grocery store and studied the recommendations for small sedans. I liked what they said about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra, and there was a 0% financing offer available, so I did some price research with TrueCar, including getting a quote for a fully-loaded model. The quote turned out to be from a dealership 80 miles away, so I found one closer to home and took my quote with me in my email for negotiating, just in case.
I ended up loving the car after the test drive, and was able to negotiate a good price, so I bought the car on December 30. I was glad I did, because on New Year's Eve, we got snow. We were scheduled to go to a party in Luna Pier, MI, and I didn't want to miss it. I had a cute dress to wear and my friend there always throws fun parties. My husband and I had a lot of fun, and even though the weather was crummy, I felt safe driving my new little car. One thing I had never thought about in my keep the old car/buy a new one debate is that the new headlights do a better job of lighting up the roadway. I also didn't know how much better it was to drive a car with traction control. I think I will be much safer this winter. I will have a car payment, which is a bummer, but it was going to be now or in a few months. My other car wasn't going to get me through much longer without another major repair.
I loved the dress, and I used instructions from BeautyGeeks to make my hair a little more party-ready than usual. I wore glitzy makeup too -- why not? I never really used to like to call too much attention to myself, because I didn't feel pretty enough to want to stand out. I'm starting to realize at 43, I had better appreciate the looks I have -- this might be as good as it gets!
Today is day one of my resolution to log all of my food, and I'm doing well with it so far. I think one thing that always hung me up was not being able to find a perfect match in the database for something I had. I'm going to just find the best match I can, and call it good enough.
Hope you are having a happy 2014 so far. Tomorrow I am going to go in to the office to try to get some work done. I hope the roads are plowed by then -- we are supposed to get even more snow.