Do you absolutely hate having to make big purchases? Like, a house, or a car….? I can second guess myself to death, and right now my stomach is absolutely in knots over my latest "need to make" decision. We sold my Saab over the weekend – which is great. I mean, it was a fabulous car, an automobile my father would say…so fun to drive, elegant. This was overshadowed by constant worrying over when it would next cost me $$$ to repair, which it did on a regular basis. We are using the money (it was paid off, but not really; it was part of our home loan) so we are using that to pay off some consumer debt (the only we have besides the house and other car) and then use the leftover cash to buy an inexpensive used car for hubby. He was thinking a small pickup or something in case he has to carry stuff for his job. Which is rare…but, whatever. Problem is, I don’t like his car, which was to become mine. It’s fine, just…boring. And nowhere to carry the dog, and I take her just about everywhere. So today, he comes home with this awesome midsize SUV he traded his car in for, because he knew I’d like it way better than his car. Which I do. I love-love-love this car! First off, because I am a truck girl. Always have been. And SUV’s are just spacious trucks, really. It will hold 7 passengers, so it does what a minivan will do without being a ‘mom car’. ( No offense to all you who have them, I had one, it was great, but it’s just not me.) It will also pull a horse trailer – you know, just in case! So, what’s the catch? Well, we are trying to save money, to simplify. This will be about $60. more per month than we’re paying on his car. Alright, so that doesn’t seem too bad…it’s also a used car, so it’s not ridiculously expensive. But wouldn’t we be better off buying down, not up? The worst part is, I have been reading up on this vehicle tonight (we have 3 days to take it back if we change our minds)…and, it gets lousy gas mileage. I’m talking 15 – 20 mpg. Cripes, in this day of mega-pricey gas? Not that my Saab rocked in that dept., I got about 23, but that beats the heck out of 15!! So I can fill it with Regular instead of Plus… I don’t think that’ll fully make up for it. I really don’t suppose I can convince Alan that he’d have to get, like, a Geo Metro or something! 50 mpg. or better….?! Am I a horrible person for considering a vehicle that consumes that amount of fuel? I really, really like this car! So does Kiki…poor kid, she cried when we dropped off the Saab, and she didn’t even want to look at cars…but she went wild when Daddy brought home "an SUV!!!" She’s already trying to come up with a name for our new car… Shoot. I will not be able to sleep tonight. Thoughts and opinions??