I thought it was pretty ridiculous when couples run out and buy an SUV when the wife finds out she's pregnant with #2 (or #1!)
This is even crazier -- a double-income-no-kids couple with an SUV? What do they do, haul stuff for a living? They certainly could "squeeze" into a regular car (sedan) -- I betcha.
Gas prices strain struggling households
Aaron Swarvar: Gas going up stings
Software Developer, 28, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Aaron Swarvar, with his wife Lindsey, says gas prices could be a problem for him if they keep rising.
Thanks to the housing market tanking, we were actually able to buy our first home. That has left us with all of our extra income gone between taxes and buying things for the house.
Gas going up now certainly doesn't help. Luckily, we are working on the house so much that we don't have time to get out and do anything else.
It also helps that my commute is six miles, so driving the SUV doesn't hurt that bad. And my wife is a teacher, so she doesn't have to make her 20-plus mile each way commute all summer when gas is highest.
In the end, gas going up stings. But it certainly isn't a crushing blow to our finances at the moment. If it goes much higher or we have to drive a lot more, that could all change though.ACS himself signed up and posted the following:
Well, I might be a little late in replying, but at least better late the never, right? Since you were so non-judgemental and just said that my wife and I were crazy instead of insane I figured I would at least reply to your pointless ramblings. Why I am even dignifying this with a response is beyond me but oh well, as you said, I'm crazy because I have an SUV.
First, my wife and I have an SUV, a convertible, a full size pickup truck, and a compact pickup. Why? Because I can. Each one has it's own purpose and I can afford it. That doesn't mean I have to LIKE expensive gas and feel like spending more to fill up. 2nd, yes, I do haul a lot of things frequently. I also tow frequently. I also go off-roading. I also go motocross racing. We also travel a lot. Camp frequently and have a 80 lb dog that we take along during all of these adventures. So yeah, the SUV is pretty necessary. I only have a Grand Cherokee for my daily driver though there are times I could use a Suburban.
Anyway, I've already wasted enough time replying so I will stop things short there. Before passing judgment on other again maybe you should think before you spout off. Or should I just pass judgment on you for the actions of other Catholics as well?