Picking up the new car tomorrow
A commenter pointed out that, they get my car and $2600 and I get nothing at the end of it. That's pretty much the deal when you're going from a car you own outright to a lease. But usually a lease is closer to $200 on a car like an Odyssey when you give them a ten year old car.
I'm OK with that at this point. If I like the car, I'll probably buy it out, which is how I ended up with the Accord. Seven years ago when my Accord lease ended, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the buy-out price they give you when you lease a car is totally negotiable, so who know where we'll end up? If I decide that I am NOT a Woman With a Minivan, I'll figure something else out. This solves my immediate problem of the babysitter not being able to drive her kid and my two if they need to go somewhere. She does childcare pick up sometimes and in bad weather, this is really important. And it solves the problem where I just don't like being alone with my kids in a 10 year old car, even one that's as awesome as a Honda Accord. And now, we can go places as a family and include my sister and my niece without taking 2 cars. So, if I can do that without upping my monthly expenses much, that is a good thing.
But I'm excited. It's my first new car in ten years.