Definitely interesting.

I don’t think my first response is helpful though. The article starts out talking about how the motivation of the project is that having reliable transportation helps people get out of government programs. The first step in their process is to use web searches, the second is to pay for a month’s membership on title searching, and they spend at least a week (mentioned, probably longer) going around (how? With what vehicle did they find their vehicle?) testing out cars. They also mention dealing with scammers, which I would imagine is easier to do when you’re not actually on welfare or feeling desperate because you can’t feed your children or don’t speak the language. It seems to me that these folks are often the target of such individuals for a reason.
I’ve been a teacher, and am very active in our children’s public school. The folks I know who are on welfare do not have a computer, do not think it realistic to go to the library to use one either because they are unfamiliar with them or are English language learners, and they have neither the time nor the access to help to spend weeks looking at vehicles. They certainly don’t have $45 to spend on a website subscription.
Obviously, it’s a fascinating and helpful project for people like us here. I just think they need to either start it off with a different premise, or adjust their experimenting criteria to meet realistic settings.

There’s more than a few days

when I read about folks getting their regular paychecks, and I’m mighty envious. Today is one of the rare days when I’m very pleased to be paid just by what I can raise myself. Perhaps this is pessimistic of me, but I never figured on ever seeing SS money when the time came. I’ve read too many articles on how it’ll either be broke or defunct or replaced by the time I’d ever start taking draws. And now I don’t have to resent them taking it out. I’ll have my taxes to pay at the end of the year, but at least when I sell the pig, I get the cash.