It feels great to own something—especially something big. When I first started talking about buying a new car, I mentioned that the big problem was that I really didn’t want to take on a second car payment. As gas prices went up, continuing to drive a V6 4×4 Mazda Tribute SUV became less and less appealing and less than a month after the first entry I was driving off the lot in my new Subaru Outback. Go figure.

Anyway, I still don’t much like having two car payments so I—ever the financial dynamo—managed to swing an early payoff of our 2006 Honda Civic using money out of savings. We got the title in the mail today, so now we own our Civic outright and have the paperwork to prove it. It’s a good feeling (and it’s one less monthly payment to make).