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From the Forum – Having a baby; should we buy a car?

by Prince Of Petworth October 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm 66 Comments

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Having a baby; should we buy a car?:

“My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to think through expenses. One issue that we’ve been throwing around is whether having a car would make life with a baby much easier. Neither of have had a car for the last 10 years or so, and we’re generally pretty happy that we don’t have to deal with the expenses and hassle. There are times — perhaps once a week or so — when we like to get somewhere a little more quickly or to a place that’s slightly inconvenient via public transportation, and we usually use car2go then. Obviously, with a baby, car2go would be out.

All this to say, should we get a car? I assume that normal errands with a baby in tow would be harder without a car — we usually walk from the grocery store, but probably couldn’t do that with as many groceries with a baby, for example. And obviously it would take more time to get to doctor’s appointments and the like (we hear little kids have lots of those). Is quality of life with a kid way better with a car? Is it worth the expense? Or do people get by almost as well as they used to in their pre-baby days on metro/bus and on foot? We live in Columbia Heights and don’t have an off-street parking spot, though we think we could pretty easily find street parking around us.”

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