For about a decade, my Mom had aToyota Prius. She absolutely loved it and I got to drive it fromtime to time. Sometimes, I'd meet up with her midway between myNorth Carolina home and her South Carolina home and I'd swap my GMCYukon, loaded down with my kids and our clothes for the weekend.Then I'd get to drive the Prius around, visiting clients on the wayto reunite with them in South Carolina. I loved scooting around inthat little thing and set my sights on owning onesomeday.

Well, it finally happened. Irecently became the proud owner of a cute, pearl white Prius and Icouldn't be happier. There were nine miles on it when I drove itoff the lot and two days later, there were 400 miles on theodometer. Funny thing is, half of the "free" tank of gas thedealership put in still remains. I'm in love.

I know what you're thinking. "Butyou're supposed to be a successful benefits broker. Can't youafford anything better than a Prius?" Trust me, with the abuse Iput my work car through, I can't be trusted with a car worth anymore than this. It's just not a good idea. After all, I'm not mybuddy David Contorno, with his big, fancy car and his personaldriver.

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