Previously, we have discussed how car ownership in Singapore is astronomically high. Even though there are individuals who justify the cost of owning a car here, the general consensus is that it is still a pricey item to maintain. And I totally respect those individuals who have a car for various reasons. And I don’t deny the convenience of having one. Especially for a family with two young kids.
Dave and I do not own a car. But my dad does. And sometimes, we will borrow the car from him to use over the weekend, especially so when he is out of town.
Last month, my dad went away on a vacation to China for about 10 days.
As such, Dave and I used the car over a weekend.
And because we had the car, we were pretty excited and thought it would be a good opportunity to bring the kids out somewhere.
And we were out for the most part.
Including a drive to a newly opened cafe that we had wanted to visit for a while. And before we realized, we had a cafe-hopping weekend.
And that was an expensive weekend.
Firstly, the parking charges.
Then next, all the other peripheral costs of eating out, and yes plus the coffee.
And then the petrol etc.
We spent more than we did compared to our regular weekends.
Which got us thinking, does having a car equate to higher expenditure (even if we remove the cost of owning a car)?
You see, because the cost of owning a car in Singapore is so freaking expensive, most would like to utilise it as often as possible.
And that might mean driving around more, heading out more.
Dining out more.
And in our humid weather, more often than not, we end up in the malls, or somewhere with air conditioning.
And inadvertently, spending more.