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Most Expensive Holiday Ever?

Monday, January 06, 2014

This Christmas was a disaster, but so much so that it is kind of funny. The "highlights":

1) Driving to my mom's house on the December 20 and stopped at the grocery store on my way out of town to get a couple of things. Got back in the car... wouldn't start. My husband came and jump started the car and he followed me to a NAPA store where they replaced the battery (Cost: $103 + $20 tip for installing the battery).

2) Driving on the NYS Thruway eating a tuna fish sandwich -- not a sub or anything, just a plain tuna sandwich on soft bread -- lost a filling and part of a tooth. (Cost: TBA, but undoubtedly a lot since none of this is included in my dental insurance)

3) Got to my mom's house and her driveway was a mud pit. Tried to maneuver my car so it wouldn't block her in and slid into a snowbank. Nice neighbor comes to pull me out. In process loosens exhaust pipe and there is "something" hanging from under the body of the car. (Cost so far: $1,038 for new exhaust; they haven't told me about the other stuff yet.)

I drove the car back from Albany to Syracuse on 12/28 -- awkward when you are driving with your fingers crossed the whole way. Couldn't get an appointment to get the car into the shop until today, so I was pretty much housebound all week. I did make good use of the time, though, by doing a massive cleaning operation upstairs in preparation for arrival of furniture that my mom wants to get rid of when she moves.

Despite all of these annoyances, I am actually feeling very grateful because things could have been so much worse. For example, I was close to home when my battery died. What if I had been at a Thruway rest stop? And now I have a brand new battery and exhaust system. The tooth -- now that is unfortunate, but hey, not much I can do about it and I have to get it fixed.

I am also grateful that a few years ago I decided to try super hard to get an emergency fund started. Thank God I did, because if all of these things happened to me before I did that I would be looking at HUGE credit card bills to pay for this stuff -- and on top of Xmas presents expenses -- forget about it!!!

I sure hope that 2014 treats me better than 2013 did!
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  • v KATVHALE
    Well, you have a pretty good attitude about this whole thing and you thought I had good insight! You go girl! 2014 will be much better; just stay positive and keep smiling!

    Kat

    962 days ago
  • v THEEXERCISER
    wow that's a lot of $
    963 days ago
  • v ILOVEMALI
    sorry about the unexpected $$ pits -- but you've rolled with the punches! Happy 2014!
    965 days ago
  • v LALMEIDA
    emoticon
    965 days ago
  • v SUMMER2203
    you have an awesome outlook!!!! my new year's resolution is to steal that haha :) props to you for taking everything in stride!!!
    965 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    I am glad I do not live there..$103 for a CAR battery? Tip to install?
    What is that exhaust system made of , platinum?

    Well, at least you probably ate less with that lost filing.. I do know that the filing alone here, would cost $150,, since you lost the tooth, an implant is over $500.. now, if you could have gotten in a fight with that neighbor over the exhaust system fiasco, claim he knocked it out in the fight, maybe the car insurance would cover it!! LOL!

    May you have a better life this year... no eating on the run, park in mom's neighbor's driveway and learn how to instal your own battery,, easy as lighting a candle..
    965 days ago
  • v SHERYLDS
    next year
    stay home and hide
    This is going to be Your year....I can feel it
    965 days ago
  • v THE_SHAKESHAFT
    Hope the year gets better!
    965 days ago
  • v ARNETTELEE
    There's always a "bright side" to everything....
    965 days ago
  • v GSAC56
    $103 for a new battery;
    $1038 for a new car exhaust;
    $$$ for a filling;

    The gift of humor and gratitude -- PRICELESS!

    Blessings to you for 2014!!!!
    965 days ago
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