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Bye-Bye EF...We'll miss you!

August 18th, 2008 at 03:51 pm

We brought my hubby's car into the dealer today for a complete check. The car is a 1999 Saturn with 159,000 miles on it. My hubby uses it to commute back and forth to the train station and we also use it to haul the canoe when we take that out.

We were expecting a little bit of an expense since the car is older and it is due for updated parts, but it has turned into a much larger expense than we foresaw. New radiator, hoses, water pump, thermostat, rear brakes, head gasket! To the tune of nearly $4,000.

Yes indeed, when it rains it pours, ladies and gentlemen.

We actually contemplated trading it in and buying a new car, but we can't afford a monthly payment and we'd rather not buy used and get stuck with someone elses's headache.

This is really putting a crimp in our debt repayment strategy, and going to make it ten times harder to save for the HSA as well (although we will still put the $200/month we had planned into the HSA). I figure I will pay the $4,000 out of our $5,000 EF, and slowly rebuild that fund. If I cut back to the minimums on all our debts that will save $20/month. I am paid ahead on the Personal Loan (at the left) until May 2009, so I can stop paying that $130/month and apply it elsewhere. That is $150/month I can put into the EF, then any "extra" I make at the PT job will go to the EF also. Hopefully at least $200/month.

No more fun categories in the ol' budget for the next 3-6 months at the least. *sigh* Frown

2 Responses to “Bye-Bye EF...We'll miss you!”

  1. hailiesmom515 Says:

    i hate to say this, but a car with 160,000 is not worth putting $4000 dollars into. i would take that $4000 and go find another decent used one with less miles. it may have some headaches, but surely not to the tune of $4000.

  2. boomeyers Says:

    That is a tough one! My van is still sitting broke down in the garage. We will be over $1000 by the time they fix the new problem. But it will run forever! We have an 89 Toyota. Have faith!

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