Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Negative Nancy

I'm going to whine in this post.

This morning on the way to work my car started acting weird. All the dash lights came on for a second (check engine, maintenence required, tire pressure, and a weird one that shows a car on a windy street). The accelerator didn't seem to want to work either. I pulled over, put the car in park, and all of them except maintenence required and tire pressure went off again. So, I took side streets to work to avoid getting on the freeway. My car behaved itself the rest of the way, but obviously I need to take it in.

This is where I am terrible about being frugal. My first thought is to just take it to the dealership, but I know that's not always the best deal. But I don't really know where to take it. I could ask around and try to figure it out, which I have a little. But ugh. I also know that this is going to bust my April budget. I have a little over $200 in my emergency fund, and I can try to adjust the rest of my budget (less spending on eating out and hopefully on groceries), but it's frustrating, especially since I am going to need to save around $700 to cover the five furlough days I am most likely taking next month.

Oh, and I need two new tires...they have a slow leak from an unfortunate parallel parking incident that I'd rather not go into.

Any advice?


  1. I heard an NPR story this afternoon about teacher furloughs throughout the country, and they discussed California. I thought of you! What is with the CA budget?! You seem to be taking it in stride, but I'd be outraged.

  2. I guess I'm taking it in stride because I don't know how else to take it. I could go crazy, but that would only make things worse.

    And can I just say, I love that the blogging community is such that you thought of me, a person you've never met, while watching the news. That might have made my day. :)