Would you like to know how long it takes a shipment to go from London to San Francisco by boat?
Two months, two weeks, four days, and counting…
In other words, far too long…
Companies (yes, more than one) have spent an obscene amount of money moving us overseas and back this past year and I’ve had absolutely no qualms whatsoever about spending every last dime… or pence… or whatever the local currency happens to be.
We shed as much as we could prior to leaving London, but in the finally fury of packing we decided to just throw it all in a box. Seal it up! TAKE IT ALL!
Now, I’m beginning to question that logic…
As I told our insurance company, with the exception of a handful of personal items, souvenirs, and family photos, no one item in our shipment is all that valuable… or irreplaceable.
Clothes, books, toys, STUFF…
Having lived without it for nearly three month, do we really even need it?
I mean, it’s going to be awesome to have my sets of Cutco and Calphalon back, but we are getting by just fine with two santuko knives and four pots and pans I picked up at TJ Maxx.
I have to remember to pack snacks in case we get hungry instead of just stopping somewhere. I clip coupons and exclusively shop sales and consignment. In the big scheme, these are all little things really.
The biggest adjustment has been going from two cars to one.
We sold one of our cars before leaving for London, of course, not realizing we’d be back so soon…
We planned to purchase something small and inexpensive for Mr. D’s daily commute once we got here, but found it to be completely unnecessary.
We’ve arranged it so that Mr. D takes the train to work everyday, with Scout and I driving him to the station and back. Instead of sitting in rush hour, he’s able to sit back, read, listen to podcasts, relax…
Meanwhile, his company pays for the entire fare whereas they definitely wouldn’t have paid for his gas. Bonus!
When I tell friends back home about this arrangement, they are shocked. Of course, it would be much harder to pull this off in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
To be completely honest, I probably wouldn’t have been so keen the idea either if we hadn’t lived in London, without a car and completely dependent on walking and public transportation.
(Did I mention that’s how I lost the baby weight that my expensive gym membership couldn’t budge?)
It’s really not that bad, especially when you add up what we save in a car payment, maintenance, and gas… not to mention the ridiculous cost of annual registration in the broke ass State of California.
Yes, it takes more effort to coordinate my day. I have to schedule weekday appointments or nights out around drop-off and pick-up.
On weekends, we combine errands, which is what everyone should be doing to conserve gas anyway… Otherwise, we’re usually out doing stuff as a family, together in one car.
So how have you cut back? How is working out for you?