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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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    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!


    1500 days ago
    wow that's a lot of $
    1501 days ago
    sorry about the unexpected $$ pits -- but you've rolled with the punches! Happy 2014!
    1503 days ago
    1503 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    you have an awesome outlook!!!! my new year's resolution is to steal that haha :) props to you for taking everything in stride!!!
    1503 days ago
  • 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..
    1503 days ago
    next year
    stay home and hide
    This is going to be Your year....I can feel it
    1503 days ago
    Hope the year gets better!
    1503 days ago
    There's always a "bright side" to everything....
    1503 days ago
  • 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!!!!
    1503 days ago
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