Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The best thing about it is that I didn't actually have to use the Mastercard

The legislative educator's bonus amount Joel received on today's paycheck: $1000.00.

Cost to replace battery in the van: $54.00.

Cost to repair the gargantuan rock chip in the van windshield: $20.00.

Cost of oil change for the van: $36.00.

Cost of oil change for the Prizm: $36.00.

Cost to replace radiator cap in the Prizm: $10.00.

Cost to replace the water pump in the Prizm: $375.00.

Cost to fix the brakes on the van tomorrow: $???.00. (e.t.a. It was $304.00)

Paying for all car repairs without going into (more) debt: Priceless.

I would like to know, though, why both cars feel it necessary to fall apart at the same time. Of course, I am grateful that they were considerate enough to do it when we had the fundage. Even if that means we won't be able to put that money away for a rainy just rained sooner than planned, that's all.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. What is up with the expensive price for an oil change these days? I remember getting mine done for $15.00 back in college. Gas was also around $1.25 back then. Times they are a changin'.

    Anytime I don't have to use a card, it brings a big smile to my hubby's face.

  2. Yikes!!!!!! Glad it happened at a convenient time at least!

  3. Ugh on car repairs! We have definitely had our feel for those and now I'm a nervous wreck anytime I hear anything!

    I like the way you looked at the rainy day...I'm more bummed too when money can't be put away and often am more upset about that than the fact that we could pay for the repairs without a credit card! Basically I just like to hoard my money and watch it build!

  4. Did you guys pay your tithing? Hmmm...Just kidding. That's some bum luck.

  5. There is definitely something to having the fundage for those types of repairs. Makes it slightly easier to deal with.

  6. We have been going through the same thing the last couple of months as both cars pulled the same thing on us, but much more money than what you're talking about...over $1,000 on the stupid KIA and just had the brakes done on the Taurus which cost well over $250. I really need one of those models that doesn't require ANY maintenance...

  7. K, I worked my BUNS off today for 1.2k -- guess how much our car repairs are.
    You've gotta look on the bright side, becuase if you don't.
    Well, it's just not pretty.

  8. When it rains it pours right? We are still trying to squeeze out whatever is left of the last "school car" and it's not cooperating. Just be happy if you never have to hear the words HEAD GASKET.

    Your header is SO CUTE! Your girls are adorable-I wish you were closer so they could play. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. This is too funny, Andrew and I just had a similar conversation. IF he gets a bonus (and you just never know do you?) I've got to get my car fixed. It's a sad little machine.

  10. All I have to say is story of my life!

    Good luck!

  11. Wow -- that's pretty amazing and frustrating too! IN one pocket and out the other.