So, this year, at the tender young age of 33, I decided to finally get my life into gear. I’ve been working many more hours than I had in previous years, starting next Tuesday I will have two part-time jobs (one with benefits) totaling 30-35 hours a week, plus my freelance work and a few stipended positions. I’ve busted my butt and managed to save up about $3,500 this year so far. That’s the largest amount I’ve had in savings (ie, money that wasn’t spoken for by future rent/utilities) in a decade.
Today, the transmission in my car died, and I’m out an estimated $1,800, worst case.
I’m both ecstatic that this happened to me at a time in my life when I have $1,800 to spend on a car repair, and super frustrated that half of what I saved this year is going to be gone in a matter of days to fix a stupid car . . . for about 1/4 of what I’d expect to pay for a replacement vehicle. Ah well. Two steps forward and one back ain’t so bad, I suppose.
Mundane and pointless, I know. Just had to voice this ‘out loud.’