Talk about kicking a guy while he’s down … Not only was it another stressful week with work, but we also got hit in the wallet with one of the worst kind of expenses: Car repairs. I’m not talking like you took the car in and they want $500. Try 4 digits! I’ll have a post to follow telling the whole story. I hate you car …
We made it far, but our time in the Free Money Finance contest is over. I lost Round 4 to my buddy John over at Frugal Rules. He had an awesome post, so I’m glad to see him win and I hope he goes all the way to Round 6!
Blogs You Should Check Out:
In case you missed them, here are a few great stories you should check out this weekend:
- iHeartBudgets – How To Use Christmas Lights Year-Round (Without Being A Redneck)
- The Frugal Path – The Vacation, the Asylum and the Pothole
- Budget and the Beach – Healing, Perspective, and Hope
- Club Thrifty – Destroy Your Debt With the Mortgage Murder Spreadsheet
- The Happy Homeowner – Do You Always Have an Excuse for Why You Can’t Meet Your Goals?
- The Canadian Budget Binder – How We Saved $146.90 By Reading The Paper
- Eyes on the Dollar – Changing Careers: Is it a Smart or Dumb Move?
- Money Life and More – 3 Steps to Simplify Your Banking and Other Accounts
- Evolving Personal Finance – Pledging to Financially Support an Individual
Carnivals & Mentions:
My Money Design was featured on the following sites this week:
- Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – April 13 2013
- Carnival of Financial Independence, sixth edition
- Lifestyle Carnival – Happy Relaunch Edition
- Carnival of Retirement 66th Edition
- Yakezie Spring Time TUJ Edition
- Lifestyle Carnival – Happy Relaunch Edition
Thanks to everyone for linking to my site and enjoying my posts. I really appreciate your support and hope you continue to visit!
Posts This Week:
- When Can I Retire – It All Depends On How Badly You Want To!
- One Man’s Success With Borrowing Against 401k Funds for a Comeback
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Lance @ Money Life and More says
Thanks for the mention MMD 🙂 Sorry you lost… but I did vote for you!
I did notice that. Thanks Lance! But I don’t think I stood a chance against John’s personal story. We’ll have to see how it goes next year.
Emily @ evolvingPF says
Thanks for including my post!
Cars are the worst, man! My friend was just talking about wanting to buy a car (she is car-free) this week and I was like “Cars are expensive and a pain in the butt! If you don’t have to, don’t do it!!!”
You’re welcome. If I lived somewhere where I didn’t need a car, I wouldn’t get one. They are just a giant hole in your pocket.
Canadian Budget Binder says
Ya, I’ll be there soon with my vehicle as I have to buy 4 new tires. That will set me back close to $900… Looking forward to that post you are writing. Thanks for sharing CBB mate, it’s always appreciated from a great bloggers such as yourself. Mr.CBB
You’re welcome for the inclusion.
I just wrapped up writing the post and it will go live on Monday.
Ahhh, new tires! I’ll also be looking at +$1,000 for new tires as well in the next few months. Darn you over-sized SUV tires!
Financial Black Sheep says
ah man, I wanted to read about the car repairs; Your post title was catchy! Sorry about car repairs costing so much.
Come back Monday. The full post will be published then.
Grayson @ Debt Roundup says
Sorry to hear about the car. Can’t wait to see the post. I lost to John the round before so I am cheering him on now.
You and me both. If there’s anyone I’d like to see make it to the end, its John.
My Financial Independence Journey says
Surprise expensive car repairs almost always hit me when I’m least expecting them and when I can least afford them. Like when I’m on vacation and in the middle of nowhere. Or when I’ve just moved across country to start a new job and haven’t even gotten my first paycheck yet.
You said it! Whenever I’m about to start a big project or take on some big new debt, you can always count on something in the car to stop working the way it should. Murphy’s law …
John S @ Frugal Rules says
Sorry to hear about the car repairs MMD, those always suck. It was a close one between you and I…though I am getting absolutely wonked right now in the Final Four. Voting goes til Monday morning so we’ll see. Have a great weekend!
Good luck Buddy! I’m cheering for you!
Budget and the Beach says
I feel ya. When my car died on the freeway I ended up having to pay 3k in overall repairs. 🙁 It sucks!
$3K !!!! My father in law got a “going to work” car for $3K! Oh well. When you’re broken down on the side of the freeway, you do what you need to.
Jeremy Norton says
There are really times when you have to sacrifice for your car. Depending on the location you got, sometimes one just can afford to give up on cars either.
Unfortunately as commuters, we don’t have the luxury of giving up on our cars. But I would so love to!
Sometimes I wish that we had public transportation as an option. I hope everything goes well with your car, I’ve had a few four digit repairs in the past and they are PITA.
Hope the rest of your weekend goes well.
You mean the Detroit People Mover doesn’t take you everywhere you want to go? 🙂
Thanks, and even though I hope to not have too many more 4 digit repairs, I have a feeling that this won’t be the last.
KC @ genxfinance says
Car repairs are the worst. urgh! Would like to know about the details of your car repair experience.
All will be told in Monday’s post.
[email protected] says
Bummer about your car, but I’m sure you had an emergency fund. Thanks for the mention.