Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by bpd1151, Feb 27, 2011.
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Having a job so that you can make these payments, and get through these setback must just absolutely suck horribly. Count your blessings, not your setbacks. Makes life much better.
Welcome to life.
Actually, things sound pretty good for you. You drive a $40,000 car, built a house, have a nice tv, are married and have three kids that you are able to shower with gifts. If you are having trouble making ends meet, maybe you could downsize on your toys a little bit and save some money. You shouldn't let your family suffer because of your spending.
With the exception of the braces, everything you mentioned is a want, not a need. I don't think you are going to get much sympathy here.
I'm starting to wonder if you have a power supply/surge problem.
It seems odd that all the electrical stuff crapped out at the same time.
*3 kids, CHECK!
*brand new home, CHECK!
*brand new car, CHECK!
Complaining about financial problems, CHECK!
Sounds like the makings for a great dont live beyond your income speech. :laugh_ti:
You paid $500 for a new microhood?
Judging by the kid count, I think it is safe to say that both the microwave and the TV got used a touch more than the average household.
The average life in years for a microwave is just 10 years. Thats under "normal" conditions. With that many kids, unless mom is using the oven and range 24/7, that microwave is getting used a LOT.
$500 for a microwave??? for that kind of scratch, the fothermucker better be able to make a perfect prime rib, do my dishes and pleasure my wife while the game's on after waxing my car...
My thoughts too.......You might want to monitor your house voltage and see what's up.
Other than that, you must admit it could be much worse, right.
Like has been pointed out: job, car(s) house, big screen, kids, wife, pizza -- no wait a minute, pizza's a staple -- your situation sounds like a lot of us: fairly well off and a lot to be thankful for.
Life bites sometimes tho......and if it gang-bangs you it's hard to take.
Be strong bro....better times are ahead for sure and remember: God only loads up on those that can handle it.
Go hug the kids, tell the wife she's marvelous and go for a walk together.
I got to go shopping where you go.
you know any thing about soldering? and testing electrical circuits. You might be able to save the tv. I have a 42" plasma in now, .99 to fix. 42" lcd flashing inverters,4.99 to fix. Lcd laptop screen, no cost "pluged ribbon back in". Just saying you might be able to bring it back to life.
bpd, trust me i understand your position. Recently married (August), recently got an apartment together, registering & inspecting 2 cars ($400), car insurance, $800/mo car payments b/t the two of us, renters insurance, gas, power, water, cable, I have a maxed out CC cause of it, wife as 3 close to it...
We are both living pretty much paycheck to paycheck and her car needs a full tune up and suspension replacement. mine needs a tune up, tranny service, brakes ($400), tires by the end of summer ($600+)..
Im in the same boat my man, seems like we bring in all the money just to pass it to the other hand to pay someone/something. Our savings has been stagnent for the past 3 months as we don't have enough left over to put anything in. And gas hit $3.50 for premium up in RI.
Need to vent? shoot me an email!
bpd...another good way to look at it, is being thankful that you had that money stashed away. Otherwise you would have been needing to fork out the $$ for those various things and not have it available to you.
Mike, call me. My TV just dumped a few weeks ago and Abt fixed it for under $150 and my best friend/best man is an out of work local #134 sparky w/ 20+ years in with time on his hands to check your house. He just changed my whole service panel and other things.
Wow! Excellent attitude!
And no reason not to feel a little po'd after those setbacks. I have had things planned (vacation, mods, etc) when an unexpected expense takes those things away. It is good to feel comfortable enough with the forum to come and get it off your chest.
I'll third the awesome attitude about people here giving you a hard time. Doesn't matter how much you make, having a bunch of relatively high expenses all come in together, unexpected, is going to suck.
The whole "It doesn't matter when bad financial things happen to you because you have more money than I do" attitude bugs me.
Good for you for having some money saved up! Hopefully this is the last of the setbacks.
Wanna hear God laugh?
Tell him you've "got it all planned".
Sorry about your setbacks. My dad likes to joke about paying for things now that he's retired.
He says "why don't you get lunch this time. I'm on a fixed income". I just reply...
"yes, but it's fixed higher than 95% of humanity".
Yeah, I had a year like that last year!! Home a/c died ($4,800), a few of my tooth overlays decided to crack off ($900 each), and the wife got kicked off bc/bs (Thanx, Obama Health Care!!) and her monthly expenses jumped another $800/month. Before all that, I "elected" to put about $4,000 into the white '89 to make it reliable for 1,000-mile round-trips for work. Then the truck needed a coupla grand of work in December.
When it rains, it pours!!
OTOH, bad things happen in threes, and it looks like you had your three, so you may be OK.
Oh, as I'm still in AZ, wife told me last week that our dishwasher died!!
The range hood/microwave combo units are frakking expensive--$500 isn't a bad price.
And microwaves are only supposed ot last 10 years? I'd better not say that out loud--my microwave was brand new in 1978, and I don't want it to get any ideas.:laugh_ti:
To the OP, it sounds like you have a pretty good life. At least you're only looking at braces--it could've been a life-threatening health issue instead--and you're ahead of most Americans in being able to plop down $3K in cash for it. You and your wife are obviously doing something right to be in that position, so keep up the good work.
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