So yesterday all hell broke loose. First, my car broke down...twice. The first time I was @ Hy Vee and it wouldn't start when we were ready to leave. My AAA membership totally paid off and got me on the road in 20 minutes with a battery jump.
Then we came home & my father in law took a look at my non functioning washing machine. We were under the impression it just needed a new belt. WRONG. He's been an appliance tech for ages and said it's not fixable. FML (Pardon my French).
Okay, so it wasn't this bad...
So I decide I'm going to load the kids up and check out scratch & dent appliances & Lowes & Home Depot and guess what? Car won't start AGAIN!!! So I call AAA and they came and replaced my battery.
This, my friends, is why I'm frugal and I budget. Back in my "footloose & fancy free" days, I wouldn't have had the $128 to spend on the battery, but I do.
Also, my camera is broken. My baby is about to take her first steps, so whats a mom to do? I found a great deal on line and I'm headed to pick it up tonight. $50 (half off at Shopko).
Now we do have enough socked away that I could by and OK washer today, but I want to find a great washer for an even greater deal...it's in my nature, what can I say? So the frugal side of me cringes at spending $1.75 a load to wash our clothes at the laundromat. But I know, in the end, it will all work and a week or two being inconvienced will far ourweigh buying a washer that I don't like just to have it.
The moral of the story? Save when you can, you never know when you'll need it. And don't rush into a big purchase. I'll be stuck with my new washer a lot longer than the 2 weeks it may take me to find a new one.