That stuff isn't exactly inexpensive. I didn't have a car till I was a little older than that and in theory, I was supposed to pay for everything. Thank goodness for my grandparents who were nice enough to help me out because I would've just been driving on bald tires.

I am already telling my daughter I'd rather buy her a car as a gift outright when she graduates from college than watch her work to cover the expenses of living off campus and having a car. I don't think it's our job as parents to support two house holds when the option of living on campus and not driving exist. But that's another discussion for another day