This has been a very expensive winter in regards to snow removal. Let me give you a little background. We live in the country on a gravel road with a long driveway. Our first winter here was two years ago. We had an agreement our neighbor for plowing us out at $40 per time. It was also a snowy winter and we ended up hiring our neighbor almost every day. He would plow us out so we could get to work and it would blow so bad we couldn't even drive in when we got home.
Last winter, Y bought a cheap old tractor from a friend for $2000 and a blower for it for $2200. He did not use it one time last year because of the lack of snow.
This winter we've gotten so much use of this tractor. Y has been blowing out our drive on average 4-5 times per week since mid-January. We've been spending $40-50 per week on gas for the tractor. It's freakin expensive and we're so ready for it to be over.
Y would like a new-to-us compact tractor. One would easily run us about $20,000 for one that's 10 years old. Tractors are spendy and hold their value well. We could probably sell our current tractor/blower for around $6000.
One more thing to save for. Sigh...