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I’d say ditch the car. We’ve lived here I think it’s seven years now without one and we do zipcar when we need them, cabs from the grocery store, and a rental for the weekend from National Airport now and again (eg for a hike or a wedding in West Virginia or a weekend full of grocery/costco/Ikea etc). We had a car for a few months here years ago and between parking, insurance, car payments, maintenance costs etc, we added it all up. Bottom line: we could have rented a car every weekend, taken cabs from all the grocery trips and dinner out with friends, and done zipcar twice a week for a couple hours, we were nowhere near spending the money on our own car.