To answer the first question, no, we don't have a lead on a car in our family so that option is out.
My budget is up to 10K, but I'm hoping to go under that for the initial purchase as...we'll owe use tax.
LO found a Volvo SUV for sale in Philly - 2006 with about 90k miles on it from a private seller on Kelly Blue Book. They're trying to get 1k over KBB price (which is what a dealer would try to sell it for), but the CD player is broken as they stated on the listing and I'm pretty sure they didn't get the 90K service. But there is nearly new tires on the car.
Unfortunately, the seller's zip code is somewhere in North Philly, so I think me taking the car to a friendly garage is pretty much out.
I did a reverse lookup the listed phone number and it was a company phone of a global accounting firm, so...that is a good sign I think.
Thoughts? I'm going to try to contact the seller later today to see it this weekend.
In other news, junior year has started here, and it's all teenagery teendom, with drama, stress about classes, boys, drama, the future, etc.
LO was sick with what the pediatrician suggested was Hand Foot Mouth the first week of school, and she missed a few days. That sucked horribly, as she hates being sick. And it was gross, oh so gross. Also, although it did resolve itself without antibiotics as it was viral, LO HATED EVERY MINUTE and wants to get her tonsils out when she turns 18.
LO is also not doing crew this season, at first she wanted to try the sailing team, but we found out to our dismay that the "team", all two people from the school does not exist except to race on the weekends. Apparently there is an area racing series, but no one else we've talked to knows about it. Also, no one at the yacht club where the racing takes place (it's low rent) would answer any of our other scheduling questions. So, that ended that. I would not be surprised to learn that the racing is a tax write off for the club either.
Anyway, so LO is kicking around until ice hockey starts (rumors that it may or may not happen again this year) and she starts driving. She is also applying for part time work, but she hasn't heard back from the restaurants she applied to. It would be nice if she could land a job to make a little money to offset her expenses.
Work is work, and we're waiting to to wrap up details on our first partnership with a company that can get us into a lot of businesses. Everything else is up in the air in terms of almost getting deals with businesses. Currently, I'm working more in the app & figuring out how to use it from an end user perspective rather than the marketing stuff.
I had a nice date on Monday, older (15 yrs.) quiet fella who works as an exec for a Global 500 company. Drinks at a chain restaurant.
I have not heard from him since the date, and I am not chasing anyone either.
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