Don’t Finance, Just Fix It!

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Last weekend, I left the house, along with my husband and three of my four children.  I took our newest addition, Timmy, to the hospital to see my aunt, who has since died of cancer (she was a wonderful woman and will be missed.)  I knew that leaving the house for as long as I did would give my husband free rain of the house and the many “projects” we had yet to finish.  Of course, my motive for leaving the house is never to get my husband to fix or finish house projects.  Well… I may have had that as a motive once or twice.  But, this time, that was definitely not my motive.

“The Patient”

So, what did I find when I came home that night?  I walked in the door and found the dishwasher in pieces!  At first, I thought he had just had enough.  I thought maybe it had leaked for the last time… meaning it was done for, dead, washed it’s last dish.  Well, I suppose he HAD had enough.  He had gotten sick of taking sopping wet towels down to the basement to be washed.  He got sick of stepping in a puddle when the towel just couldn’t absorb all of the water that was leaking out of our poor, dying dishwasher.  So, he decided to take matters into his own hands… literally.  Instead of throwing the dysfunctional dishwasher in a garbage dump and buying a new dishwasher on credit, he decided to perform surgery on it in order to save money.

Now, you may be thinking that he must know what he’s doing.  Right?  Well, not exactly.  My husband is pretty handy, but he has never taken a dishwasher apart before.  Regardless, he knew he had to give it a shot.  So, when I got home, I started helping him.  He told me about all of the black mold that had built up behind the panel and how disgusting it was having to clean it all out.  He poked around and made sure that every piece was taken off, washed, and put back where it belonged.  After helping him put it all back together again, we held our breath and turned the dial to the normal wash setting.  After putting a clean towel down around the dishwasher, we sat in the kitchen just waiting for the drips of failure.  But, we did not see drips!  In fact, the dishwasher went through the entire cycle without a single drop of water leaking out!  We had fixed it!

So, if you just happen to have an old leaky dishwasher, don’t lose hope!  You don’t have to finance a new dishwasher.  Just take the time to fix the old one and it will be as good as new! 

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"Saving for a Hurricane"

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You know the expression, “We’re saving for a rainy day?”  Well, we’re not saving for just any yucky, rainy day.  We’re saving for a hurricane!  We’ve been going through “rainy days” a lot lately and we’re not about to put anymore money into anything until the hurricane hits, so to speak.  I know there are a lot of you out there that have it worse than we do.  I just always think, “Well, things could be worse.”  Like, our dishwasher could just stop working and we would have to wash all dishes by hand.  O No!  That would be the end of the world!  Right?

The Dishwasher

We’re almost to that point, actually.  Our dishwasher leaks all over the floor every time we run it.  As you can see from the picture, we have to lay a beach towel down to catch the water that leaks out.  I’ve been tempted many times to just buy a new one, but we would have to put it on credit and I’m NOT going to do that!  Besides, it still gets the dishes clean.  We need to Stop Spending and Save.

The Car

Then, there is our car situation.  We have four children now and no van.  Funny, huh?  We can’t fit all of us in one car, so we have to take two cars whenever we go to church or a family party.  One of the cars is about to be scrap metal very soon.  It is a 1993 Toyota Corrola with over 200,000 miles on it.  But, it still runs!  And, as long as it still does what it’s supposed to do, we’re not getting another car or van.  Why?  Because we don’t have the money!  We need to Stop Spending and Save.

The Yard

As you can see in the picture of the car, we have dirt for a lawn.  We had to waterproof the basement this past summer and destroyed our lawn in the process.  Since we went over budget on waterproofing, we didn’t have enough to get the lawn done.  So, we have to Stop Spending and Save.

The Basement

As far as the basement goes, that’s pretty much at a standstill for a while.  We had planned on getting two rooms done down there before Timmy was born in December.  But, since we went over budget with the waterproofing, we had to Stop Spending and Save.

So, even though we are running out of room, we can’t finish the basement.  Actually, we ran out of room already.  My husband works at home twice a week and has to have his office in the living room, which also happens to be the baby’s room now.  Not an ideal situation, but we’re going to deal with it for now until we have the money to do something about it.  We’re saving for a hurricane, not a rainy day.  So, when the dishwasher finally dies, the car no longer starts, and we have our fifth child (not saying that I’m pregnant again), maybe then we’ll have enough money to calm the storm or maybe just enough to survive somehow.  I have to admit, life is a lot more exciting when it’s not so easy. 

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