Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The final fill up

When we bought the minivan we traded in my 2005 VW Golf TDI.  So here are the final gas charts:
20 Fill-up rolling average

Days between fill-ups

Gas price 03/2005 to 08/2011

MPG at each fill-up
Overall average MPG was: 38.55 MPG.
Total gas put in was: 1978.63 gallons.
Total gas cost was: $6140.50.
Total miles traveled: 80051.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Our other new baby

So we had been planning on purchasing a van for awhile, and with Madelyn's due date getting so close, we thought we would check out minivan's.  I ended up stopping by Roseville Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep on Friday (before Madelyn was born) and had Joe quote me a price for a basic Grand Caravan Crew, and appraising my Golf TDI '05.

The quote for the Crew was good, a couple hundred over Edmund's invoice, the quote for my Golf was a bit less than I thought it should be ($7500).  Long story short, we ended up going back on Saturday and buying the van for the price he offered, and $9000 for my trade it.  We received $8000 in cash for the trade and financed the van at 0%.  I like having the money to invest, and not feeling like I should pay off the car sooner rather than later :)

A happy note as well is that, I had signed up to do a test drive when I went to look at the van, and I received an email for a $50 gift card if I went through with it.  We received the gift card today :)  So don't just delete those emails.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bringing home baby

We have had a very exciting two weeks, we brought home our new baby girl last Wednesday!  Jen had a super fast labor we were at the hospital at 05:30 and Madelyn was born at 06:08.  Wow!  Everyone is doing really well :)