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Car Maintenance…

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A few days ago, I got in my car and closed the door. The reminder sticker from the oil change place fluttered down from my windshield and landed on my lap.

Annoyed, I muttered, ‘Stupid cheap oil change reminder stickers. These things can’t even stay on the glass for longer than…’

OK, so before I finish this sentence, remember, I don’t drive very much since I started using public transit as a way to save money.

The sticker was…

*gulp*

7 months old.

I was so busy paying attention to the mileage, I missed that my last oil change was in early November and perhaps I should change it.

I’m annoyed that I’ve slacked on my car maintenance (other than the maintenance scheduled for later this month) but pleased at the fact that I average 4,500 miles a year! Before I started using public transit, my mileage exceeded 25,000 – 30,000 each year!

It’s not the most pleasant or convenient way to travel, but the savings is amazing.

I understand that public transit simply won’t work in some areas and a lot of people have to drive. How many miles do you put on a year?


Some good money news!

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My husband has a start date for his change in placement at work. We are on a three week countdown until he is transferred to working on a government project. Government projects pay at a higher wage rate (prevailing wage) than the private sector and my husband’s pay will jump about 50%. He’s been scheduled for the transfer for a few months but project delays kept pushing back the date.

This new prevailing rate is temporary, 12 to 18 months at the most, but it will help us to become debt free and save 3-6 months worth of expenses.

Of course, there is a hitch. He will commute more than an hour each way to work while still maintaining a full time summer school schedule. We are going to have to double his gas/car maintenance budget and add to the food budget so he can grab something to eat between work and school if necessary.

Even with the added expenses, our debt reduction payment should jump between $500 and $1,000 per month.

Whew! We’re finally starting a downhill slide!


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