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!