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And then this happened…

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At what point is someone else responsible for car damage?

While driving Princess and her friends somewhere, I hit an DEEP pothole, resulting in a flat tire. It was my first flat tire EVER!

The good news is that I have emergency roadside assistance with my car insurance. Therefore, within 30 minutes a guy showed up to help me out. He quickly changed the flat for my donut and sent me on my way. Unfortunately, my donut was horrific to drive on. I am assuming it is defective.

Thankfully, there was a 24 hour tire shop just a couple of miles down the road because we were almost 2 hours from home. A fantastic man was on duty who was very thorough. He checked my existing tire, showed me the damaged and that it was irreparable. Then proceeded to hunt through a dozen used tires to find me the best one he could. Talk about fantastic customer service, especially at 11pm on a freezing cold night!

We got home safe and sound. But I was still worried about my tires, especially never having purchased a used tire before.

And on top of that, my check engine light came on. And although I couldn’t tell/feel any amiss, it has been drilled into my head that when that light comes on, stop driving. Ugh!!! Thank goodness both of the twins have working cars now.

Thankfully, a family friend checked everything over yesterday and determined that not only is my new used tire is great condition, but it also has just about as much tread left on it as my other tires. Since I’ve cut my drive time significantly since last spring when Gymnast was training, he doesn’t anticipate I will have any problems. (Barring any more encounters with pot holes, that is.)

And the check engine light turned out to the be the result of an improperly seated gas cap. Holy cow, way to scare a girl, car manufacturers!

So the car is good to go, tires should get me through the end of the year (based on mileage) and my peace of mind has been restored!

I am grateful for my emergency roadside assistance. I’ve had to use it twice in the last 6 months. Once when Gymnast locked the keys in the trunk at a rest area in August and then for this flat tire. Do you have roadside assistance?


Grocery Store Run

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We hit the store today. And spent $151.

I believe this will take us through the end of the month easily. I even sat down and completed a meal plan for the next two weeks prior to going to the store to be certain.

$151 in groceries for the month when we typically spend $600 is pretty good. I know our cupboards and freezer will be pretty bare at the end of the month though.

This week we are going to have the following meals:

  • Potato bar with chicken and other toppings
  • Hot dogs and chips
  • Ham and rice cauliflower
  • Poor man stroganoff
  • Lasagna (pre-made frozen) and salad

Thank you for all the recommendations on how we can use all the chicken noodle soup we have got. We’ve stuck with the generic soup thusfar. But I’ve got some dumplings made to create a version of chicken and dumplings, and a bunch of vegetables chopped to make a bulkier soup later on in the week.

I am also kind of participating in a health “reset” for women. It’s not about money as much as it is about choosing healthier eating and mental habits. While I’m not following their meal plan, I am following along with their teaching.

And I’m saving their recipes for the future when I can be a little more flexible with our meals. Thankfully, it is free for me since it is run by a client of mine.

I am excited about this week. I have a full week of work to do. The kids are all settled into their new school schedules. And there is more growth on the horizon.

The only sad part of our weeks now are that we are rarely together. In fact, after dinner tonight, we won’t be together for a meal until Friday night. Just a crazy family schedule. Anyone else live this way with a bunch of teenagers and young adults?

My sister sent me this for Christmas. Those of you who have been a while know my heart for kids and how my long term dream is to foster and possibly adopt more down the road. I loved this present!


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