When it Rains, It Pours

We made a “fun” discovery this winter when it rained pretty heavily: we had a leak somewhere in the roof. I had a roofer come out and he determined that it was the attic window that was cracked and the caulking around the window needed to be redone. He said he could replace the plexiglass window for me for $75, or we could go to the hardware store and ask them to cut a piece of plexiglass and then install it ourselves. I told him we’d do that. Over a month later it’s still not done. Big surprise. What happened was we started debating whether or not to just go ahead and replace that window with a real window that slides shut so that it’s stronger and more energy efficient.

That led to the fact that we have one more attic window that could stand to be replaced, as well as three windows on one part of the house that need to be replaced eventually as well. Of course I’m debating whether or not we just replace the attic windows that need to be and then wait to replace the other three. The windows aren’t horrible but they are older and I know they aren’t nearly as energy efficient as they could be. So now it boils down to: which windows do we replace, all of them, or just the ones that are in dire need?

Then, this morning I was making tea and the burner started sparking and I was scared it was going to catch on fire. Mr. Money assured me it wouldn’t, but it still made me nervous. The stove has been slowly dying since we bought the house 4 years ago. I’d be totally fine with replacing it with a stainless steel electric range, but Mr. Money wants gas (as he’s a chef and it’s important to him) but we’d have to have a gas line run to the stove, so that would be an extra cost.

And also my car needs new tires soon. It seems like everything is happening at once! It’s hard to decide whether or not to just go ahead and do everything at once, or spread it out. This is the reason we save money because there are always going to be expenses like this. I’m very thankful we have some money saved so it won’t be such a financial blow. It just seems like when it rains, it pours (literally).

Does it seem like everything happens to you at once?

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Don’t Buy Cheap Toilet Paper

The other day Mr. Money went to Costco to pick up some things for us.  He bought eggs, dog food, organic butter, and toilet paper.  When he was on his way home he gave me a call to tell me the total so I could update our check book register.  He then proceeded to tell me how he saved us money on toilet paper because he bought a cheaper brand.  I hesitated for a minute, but let him finish on all the good things that the toilet paper boasted:

-Paper individual wrapper (versus the Kirkland brand that has plastic wrap around each roll apparently)

-Cheaper per square foot

-More toilet paper in each individual roll

I decided that if he was that proud of himself for saving money and figuring out the cost per square foot, then who was I to criticize him?  I told myself I would give it a try.  Surely it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it would be.

Wrong.

I started a new roll the other day and had convinced myself that I had separated the two ply and was only on the one ply.  Turns out, it IS one ply!  I had to take off at least twice as much as I normally do and fold it in half, then fold it in half again to get it to the right amount.

Let’s just say it still didn’t work very well.  I was not amused.

I hope next time we need toilet paper I’m buying it, or Mr. Money chooses the Kirkland brand. I’ve never had a bad experience with it.

What’s something you just don’t skimp on?

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Money is Worthless

Last Monday my father had a hernia operation.  While the surgery itself went well, afterward he experienced some bleeding and developed a hematoma in the incision site.  He has a blood clotting disorder (Protein S deficiency) and is on Coumadin and other drugs that probably contributed to the hematoma.  Last night he had surgery to help drain the blood and get him back on the road to recovery.  The whole day yesterday I spent worried sick about my dad.  The thought of losing him just shattered me.  I would have given all the money I had just to make sure he would be okay.

Money is worthless.  Money can’t keep us warm, it can’t buy love, we can’t eat it to keep us nourished, and sometimes it causes more problems than anything else.  I think about saving money for the future.  I struggle with thinking I don’t have enough money for everything I’ll need in life, and I need to realize that’s okay.  Life is a journey, not a destination.  Money will come and go.

I read something the other day that really hit home.  Everything is perfect and exactly how it should be.  While this seems like such a simple statement, it has really spoken to me.  Instead of worrying about things, I need to embrace them and realize that life is just how it’s meant to be right now.  Even when the situation is not ideal, it’s meant to be.

Every day we are gifted with 24 hours.  How we spend those hours is up to us.  We can’t save them for the future; they must be spent. Time is more valuable than money.

Sometimes it takes a crisis to make you really figure out what’s important.  I am very thankful to have extra time to spend with my dad, and I won’t take that for granted.

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