Why an Emergency Fund is Nice
So. On Monday Mr. Money wanted to take my car to work because he needed to haul something for a catering. I took his car to work, and a few miles away from the branch, the radio turns off. Fine, I think, I can live without the radio. I drive about a mile further and the gauges go out. Well, I hope I don’t get pulled over, I think. The car starts shaking back and forth and I think Ohhhh crap.
The car dies in the middle of the left hand turn lane. I start freaking out because all these people are honking at me (despite my emergency flashers being on) so I call Mr. Money (with my almost dead cell phone) and tell him that THE CAR DIED AND I’M SCARED and he says he will come help. I get out of the car and look at it, as if that will do anything to get it started again.
After two more lights and more honking, a nice gentleman yells out his window, asking me if I’m okay. I tell him the car died, and he offers to push me to the side of the road. I take up his offer, he pushes me to the side of the road, and I wait in the scorching heat for my husband. He shows up a little while later, tries to jump the car, and no dice. We call our favorite mechanic to come tow us and fix the car. The alternator was bad, got replaced, and the damage was $400. Thankfully, the car was fixed the same day so I got a ride to the mechanic’s after work and picked up the car.
Yesterday I got home from work and went into the backyard to check on the garden. I was looking at the green beans when I heard an airplane landing in our side yard. I went to check it out and realized that it was our air conditioning unit. Awesome. I come inside, turn off the A/C, and then realize that I just may melt because the heat index is over 100.
Mr. Money came home from work, went out to look at the unit, and realized that the fan is missing a blade. He calls to get someone to come take a look at it and they tell him that if it’s just the fan, it’s probably going to be around $300. If it’s not that, it’s going to be more. Plus the $80 service call fee. Awesome. Did I mention that our air conditioning unit is ancient? I’m crossing my fingers that it is easily (and inexpensively) fixable. We’ll find out tonight.
I was talking to my mom and she said that be prepared, because bad things happen in threes. Gee, thanks mom.
At least we have an emergency fund? (Until it gets sucked dry)