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Super-saving parents save £3,500 ditching their car and travelling by bus or bike

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<p>A frugal couple with four children have saved thousands of pounds by ditching their car and travelling everywhere on foot or bus - and even go on holiday by train.<br></p><p>Ruth and Tom Cumming, both 38, got fed up of rocketing garage bills to keep their car running which they used to ferry their children around.</p><p>When they were told their ten-year-old VW Touran would cost hundreds to repair when it broke down again last January, they sold it for £2,000.</p><p>The family now walk or cycle to school and work and for longer journeys take the bus and go on holiday by train.</p><p>Ruth and Tom live with their children Andrew, ten, Joel, nine, and four-year-old twins Samuel and Naomi, in Bournville, Birmingham.</p><p>The city is currently ranked one of the highest in the UK for car ownership.</p><p>Ruth, who runs her own sewing business, reckons the family have saved at least £3,500 on fuel and running costs since ditching the car.</p><p>She said: “We haven’t looked back from the day we got rid of the car.“It’s really liberating, I feel a real sense of freedom that we don’t have to worry about the admin of the car.<br></p><p>“We don’t have to worry about repairs.</p><p>"The money saving is great, I mean ultimately, that’s why we didn’t want to be dependent on a car. </p><p>“It’s nice to say we do it for environmental reasons and that, of course, is part of it but we just have never had the budget to have a really reliable car. </p><p>“With the cost of living crisis and higher fuel bills, I think a lot of people are taking a look at their car and thinking whether they really need it.”<br></p>
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