Oh, the dreaded unexpected expenses. It seems like when one thing goes wrong it causes a domino effect and lots of things start to go wrong. We’ve been moving along and attacking our debt as aggressively as possible then, BAM!!, problems start to raise their ugly heads.
It all started with my mom and her diagnosis. That has cost us about $800 that we did not have budgeted. The good news is that since we have been hitting our debt hard, it’s enabled us to stay on track and not get further into debt as we pay for things like hotels, food, extra gas, etc.
Then, our microwave went out. We have been without one for about 3 weeks and at first I thought we could just do without. But, it’s becoming more and more of a problem because we eat leftovers pretty often. I don’t want to spend money on a microwave right now but, it’s costing more money because leftovers are going to waste. I’ve had several people tell me that we need to get a convection microwave but those things are expensive!! The one we had was the cheapest one we could find about 6 years ago and it’s lasted this long and heated up food just as well as a more expensive one would have. I’m on the look out for something inexpensive, wish me luck!
And THEN, the display in my car went out. That happened right after the death of our microwave. Basically, the problem is that I can’t see if the car is in park, reverse, etc. I also can’t see what my mileage is. I’m pretty sure I can live with this for a while so, I’m going to do my best. I’ve been kicking around selling it for a few months now. What I’d really like to do is buy something really cheap with cash but, I’m not sure if that’s a good option because of all the driving I do. However, after we’ve paid off all our debt we could save up and buy something newer. My car (it’s a Yukon) also gets crappy gas mileage and I drive about an hour a day to work and what seems like a million hours a day back and forth to the ball field. We have thought about trading it in for something that gets better gas mileage and is either the same value or less expensive but, I don’t know.
So, that’s been the deal with us. Things are going to get better and I’m extremely thankful that we are in a situation that we can roll with the punches. Anybody have suggestions on microwaves or the car situation? I’d love to hear them!