August 18th, 2019

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Where has all the money gone?

This has not been a good month for our budget. On a whim, I decided I wanted to see Lisa, my German exchange student from a couple years ago, before she starts university in October, so I bought her a ticket to come spend 2.5 weeks with us in September. She'll be here to see my play, I'll get to spend some time with her, and she'll get to see all her friends before life starts getting more hectic for her.

Then, just before Craig took Alicia back to DC, the check engine light came on in my car. I drive a 2012 Ford Flex, and it's been a really solid car, without a ton of stuff that's had to be done on it. Well, we took it in last Tuesday and discovered that it was the fuel sensor that was shot. That was $700 to fix. On Thursday, they called back and said the sensor was fixed, but the entire cluster on the dashboard needed to be replaced. Grand total: $1300.

The tap on our kitchen sink has been leaking for ages, and we've reached the breaking point with it. So this week, we went and bought a new tap, and we'll have plumbing charges to get it installed and the sink resealed before the month ends. Total for that: $750

On top of that, I went to Sur La Table yesterday to exchange a birthday gift I got. I wanted new saucepans, but they weren't something I could buy as part of a set to save money. I had to buy them all individually. I ended up spending more than the exchange by way more than I should have. But they're quality pans, and I haven't had new ones in almost ten years so it really was time. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

But I will be watching money like a hawk for the rest of the month, that's for sure.