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My Early Christmas, and Bad Weather on the Horizon

December 19th, 2022 at 03:21 pm

I had my Christmas with my kids yesterday. It was so very nice -- many traditions were followed -- the Christmas movie on "Christmas Eve" -- "Spirited," this year -- with popcorn and M&Ms. Homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast on "Christmas morning." Stockings, and so many beautiful gifts. A board game afterwards.

I only wish I had been feeling better. I was sleep-deprived, and it showed.

Now, as the kids get ready for their trip to Florida, we are looking at bad weather coming at just the wrong time. They are flying on Friday afternoon. Forecasters are saying things like "blizzard conditions" and "dangerous wind chill."

My own little mini-vacation in downtown Chicago has been cancelled. Which is a relief. I would love to do it in good weather, but not in the kind of weather that's being predicted. And I will save some money.

My worry now is shuffling around my car, and my kids' cars, as snowplowing takes place. Well, I'll face that when I have to.

I can't remember if I already shared that my assessment fees are rising by 5% in the coming year. I got more bad news yesterday -- my auto insurance bill arrived, and it will cost $200 more for a six-month period. Yuck. No matter how much I try to control my spending, there are always things I can't control.

I did talk to DIL about making my college fund donations on birthdays this year instead of Christmas, and she was fine with it, so that will help.

6 Responses to “My Early Christmas, and Bad Weather on the Horizon”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:
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    CB do garages in your area offer reduced parking during snowstorms?
    Ours do in Boston - it helps to get the streets cleared more easily plus the garages get less business with no one commuting into the city so have the space.

    Perhaps repurpose some of your ‘vacation’ money so that you aren’t moving cars in a snowstorm!

  2. Wink Says:
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    I was wondering the same as Lots of Ideas about garage parking. When I lived in the city with street parking our city offered free parking in garages during major snowstorms. It was about a ten-minute walk for me but so worth it! That is a big increase in your car insurance. Have you shopped around lately? I used an agent to do the shopping around for me and saved over $800 a year for a car and condo bundle, for the same full coverage with a very highly rated insurance company. Might be worth a look around.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:
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    Your early Christmas sounds really sweet! Hopefully the weather is as good as it can be

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:
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    what a nice holiday but i hate snow.

  5. Suemn Says:
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    CB, I agree with Wink. I saved over $250.00 per six month renewal on car insurance for the same coverage by calling a different insurance company.

  6. rob62521 Says:
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    Sorry you were sleep deprived, but glad you could get together with your family. Hopefully their travel will be safe and fun.

    We keep getting notices on things going up too. It is getting discouraging.

    Hope we don't get as much snow as they originally forecast.

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