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It's Been Crazy

July 17th, 2022 at 01:16 am

Spending in the last few days has gone nuts. First of all, the biggest thing, was an electrical problem. I turned on a hanging light in the kitchen, and sparks flew up and down the wire. Very scary. I called an electrician, and he came out and diagosed a problem with the switch, the wiring behind it, and the breaker panel in the basement, which needs to be replaced. He also recommended that I replace the light. Then he did a safety check in other areas, and recommended that I replace my old smoke alarm and add another in my bedroom.

Since I am leaving soon on my trip, he did not do the repairs, but made everything safe. When I return, he will come back to do the repairs. I paid half the estimate -- $1231!  Thank goodness for emergency funds!

Then I ordered a new hanging light from Home Depot - $39.  He will install it when he comes back for the repairs.

Then there's the eating out. I have just topped $100, very unusual for me. A big chunk of this was meals for my grandson, in conjunction with his baseball games. There have been quite a few away games, and after all those hours of traveling and playing, he's hungry. Also, I have not grocery shopped very much, not wanting to leave food at home while I'm traveling, but that means that sometimes I pop out for a quick meal.

I had to replace the filter in the aquarium -- again! That's $17, but it happens too often; I don't know why the thing keeps breaking. Everything is junk these days.

I had to pay my semi-annual auto insurance - $813 -- and my AAA membership renewed for $99 (I have a premium membership, so I can have my car towed a decent distance, if need be).

There have been a few extra expenses for the trip as well, and ordinary expenses like deoderant and probiotics and a new umbrella.  

Variables are only at 65%, because the electrician's bill and insurance come out of savings. Thank goodness I have planned for both emergencies and big bills like insurance.  Kind of sad though, because I'll have to rebuild my EF now, when I was doing so well saving for my bathroom remodel.

4 Responses to “It's Been Crazy”

  1. GoodLiving Says:
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    Oh gosh, I hate dipping into the emergency fund! We just had electric issues too, we had three outlets replaced.

  2. rob62521 Says:
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    Good you have that emergency fund and glad you have a good electrician.

    You won't be eating out as much once the ball season ends. And you are right, I wouldn't want food to sit while I was gone. You are careful with your money, you'll figure out ways to make it back up.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:
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    What brand of filter are you getting, for what size aquarium? My DH might be able to make some suggestions.

  4. CB in the City Says:
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    FT, my downsized aquarium is quite small, I think it is 10 gallons? Maybe less. It came with an Aqueon filter, and I have been replacing it with the same brand and size. I suspect quality filters are larger, made for bigger aquariums.

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