Sunday, November 26, 2006

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I swear, I have a black cloud hanging over my head where finance is concerned. It's like every step forward I take, I get kicked back two. I got paid on Friday and my pay cheque was a little more than usual because at this time of the year I've maxed out on EI and CPP so they stop deducting the amounts off my pay. My first thought - finally I can get those two pair of pants that are too big tailored so I have something to wear to work other than the two pairs I've been alternating. And it also meant I could do my Christmas shopping. Whew.

Then the black cloud came storming in. My car--whose lease is up in March--decides to do something funky. By funky I mean making a clicking sensation when I turn the steering wheel too far to the right. It doesn't seem to affect the steering or how the car handles but I know the clicking isn't good. It's not supposed to be there and I better get it checked out. My first reaction was 'just ignore it, I can't afford repairs right now!', but ignoring it isn't going to make it go away, no matter how much I wish it would.

So Christmas shopping got put on hold and the car goes in to get checked out tomorrow morning. Which on top of everything else is going to cut into my writing time. I'm trying not to stress. The warranty ran out in April, so the basic stuff isn't covered. The power train warranty is still in effect, but my luck it won't be something covered under that. And since when it comes to stuff like this you might as well call me Schleprock, I'm guessing whatever is wrong will eat up the piddly amount I had for Christmas shopping and then some. Not sure exactly where the 'and then some' is going to come from, or how I'm going to afford Christmas gifts after I pay for the car. I'm trying not to think about. Which means I can't think of anything else.

I knew I should have gotten me a Sugar Daddy...

11 comments:

Anne M said...
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Anne M said...

I feel your pain.

I hate having my car or my teeth fixed. They always cost more than you have, and you have no choice. What are you going to say? Put the car back together, I'll push it home? Leave the rotten tooth, just give me some morphine? Even with insurance, the dentist always finds something me or my girls HAVE
to have done that costs more than the insurance.

And I always get this sneaky suspicion that they do things that don't really need to be done.

But, a clicking in the steering wheel doesn't sound so bad. I bet it won't cost too much. And you're smart to have it looked after or you might end up on the side of the road, calling a tow truck...

annette said...

Hope it turns out to be something minor. And under the warranty. :-)

Melissa Marsh said...

It seems like my husband and I have been on a roller coaster ride financially ever since we got married. I really wish we could get things settled and stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Kelly said...

It's stressful isn't it? Luckily my car turned out to be under $100 and it was nothing major. I kept chanting all the way to the dealership - Don't be over $100, don't be over $100. Must have worked.

Except when the stress released, it left behind a whopper headache. Ouch.

Maxx said...

In the interest of finding the bright side... just be thankful you don't have my car. I think it knows it's days are numbered and it's just messing with my head now.

Kelly said...

Snort...your car isn't named Christine per chance?

Maxx said...

No-... it's Waffle

hahahahh that just cracks me up

Michelle said...

Hugs on the car trouble! Here's hoping it's something minor.

Tess said...

Phew - glad it turned out to be something easy to fix. Always seems to be something.

MaryF said...

Hugs on the car woes - I hate those!