You are such a smart lady.
You are already doing what you should be doing, which is evaluating the temporary fix over the long term solution.
The long term solution not being in your means, you'll have to do the temporary fix.
"It's when we keep relying on the temporary fix that problems compound," typed the expert.
And by all means, kick the car. If all it can offer you is cheap therapy, take advantage of that.
Then just do what I know you are already doing--find a way.
If I were Oprah I'd buy you a car.