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Tinkerbelle9980
05-27-2010, 11:50 AM
As May draws to a close I was wondering who else has had a bad month. Something that you didn't expect or did but still didn't want to pay. It doesn't matter if it's big or small. I'll start.

My first one is paying the deductible to get the car fixed after a hit and run. It irritates me because it never should have happened. We were in the turn lane at an intersection and some idiot waves someone out of the gas station who turns right into us then drives off. Ugh...

My second one is minor but really makes me mad. My husband went out the door for work this morning and noticed that someone had broke our lamppost. So now have to fix that and clean glass out of the yard all because of vandals. The police officer that lives up the block had his potted plants smashed in his front yard. Thankfully we just put a padlock on the water hydrant that is next to the lamppost, so it was turned on or anything.

Anyone else have a budget vent that they would like to get out?

Bastiansmom
05-27-2010, 11:55 AM
On May 10th, I got hit by really heavy hail on the way home from work ($6000 worth of damage). Meanwhile, a tornado hit the house, split a tree in half that fell on our carport that landed on our other vehicle. I had to take a few days off work, we had to rent a car for a few days (no insurance rental coverage), and have paid 2 deductibles and would be paying a third if we didn't know someone that can fix the minor damage to one of our vehicles.

Fun month!

tlh0726
05-27-2010, 12:43 PM
My husband wants a new truck!

tavettava
05-27-2010, 01:07 PM
Lets see over $1800 to have my van fixed and then another $200 to rent a car for a week. Now the air conditioning in the house has just quit. No one can come out until Tuesday so I guess that can go on June's budget busters. The plus side we payed off 3 credit cards :cool1: and only have 3 more to go.

lovesmurfs
05-27-2010, 01:18 PM
On May 10th, I got hit by really heavy hail on the way home from work ($6000 worth of damage). Meanwhile, a tornado hit the house, split a tree in half that fell on our carport that landed on our other vehicle. I had to take a few days off work, we had to rent a car for a few days (no insurance rental coverage), and have paid 2 deductibles and would be paying a third if we didn't know someone that can fix the minor damage to one of our vehicles.

Fun month!

:scared1::scared1:

:hug: Best wishes as you deal with all of that.

Mickeypooh99
05-27-2010, 01:29 PM
I hit a deer. We only had to pay $100.00 deductible, but thats still $100.00 I would rather save. Our auto and homeowners insurance raised by $950.00 per year. We got the bill last week. Needless to say we are shopping around. :mad:

suzydisney971
05-27-2010, 01:31 PM
Our lawn mower got busted so we had to get a new one for $567 and then got a dental bill for my husband for $440 and that's with double coverage for services that were done last year and had to be paid within the next 10 days or we would be sent to a collection agency but they never sent a bill until now. So there goes $1000 and now the mortgage is due on 6/1. Oyy glad we had some money set aside and didn't have to dip too far into savings.

crjack
05-27-2010, 01:32 PM
Last year we had a few unexpected budget busters and the trend continues this year only they are getting more expensive!

First was our dog needing surgery for a torn ACL.....:scared1: He had the surgery a few weeks ago and goes in soon for his follow up (at an extra charge of course!)

Just this week we went to use our central air and once again we are having mechanical problems with it. It's been a lemon since it was installed and warranties are now expired but even with them often times the labor was extra and we are leaning towards just getting a new unit.

The two combined will really hit our savings/emergency fund hard so I am hoping for a few quieter months to rebuild.

mom2travel
05-27-2010, 01:39 PM
We needed new brake pads for one of the cars and the compressor on our A/C needed to be replaced. Both necessary, but it still stinks and stuff always happens at the same time it seems :headache:

jfoofj
05-27-2010, 02:10 PM
$900 in unplanned repairs to my SUV :mad:.

$400 for unplanned computer purchase (home PC bit the dust):surfweb:.

$249 dentist bill for DH (kinda knew it was coming, but he needs over $1600 of work done and that is w/ insurance!):headache:.

$160 in medical co-pays for DS for Dr. visit, specialist visit, ER copay, new med... and he needs surgery next month :sad2:. BUT, the issues he is having are all going to be resolved easily and are not life threatening... there are so many people who struggle way harder than us. I've been trying to look at the positive. A bad budget month just makes us appreciate it more when we have a good month, right? :worship:

punkin
05-27-2010, 02:12 PM
Gee, let's see:

Car: $800
Dog: $1800 (two ear infections and a possible sprained ligament in the knee)
AC: don't know how much yet
Teeth: $1600
Unexpected Graduation expenses: $200

Last month my Amex Bill was astronomical. Granted, it had the car insurance payment on it as well as vacation expenses which were budgeted for, but it was more than 3 times what I usually spend in a month. I am seriously freaking.

Did I mention I have a vacation planned for the end of June and my DD is starting college in the fall (for which it looks like I am paying pretty much full price)? :scared1:

Yeah, after the vacation, I think we will all eat nothing but rice and beans for the next 4 years. ;)

jfoofj
05-27-2010, 02:15 PM
Wow, Punkin.... we must go to the same car repair place and the same dentist! The prices are almost identical.:lmao:

Hope your dog is feeling better... we had one of those bills last summer for our Yorkie.

SDSorority
05-27-2010, 02:24 PM
WOW it was a bad budget month!!

training class $1500
new fridge $810
birthday $35
mother's day $60
wedding shower $25
new camera $90
issue with rental car reservation (long story... didn't cost anything, but I lost my great deal of $126 for a week in October! wah!)

Here's to a better June!!

punkin
05-27-2010, 02:28 PM
...oh wait, I forgot that we also replaced the dishwasher which went 3 months ago ($850) but that was actually saved up for - that is not an emergency in my book. I also ordered (and paid for) a new micro (which went the same time as the dishwasher) but it has not come in yet.

:headache:

Tinker'n'Fun
05-27-2010, 02:31 PM
For all of you with really large amounts, :hug:. May was Nickle/Dime Mom to death month. One thing after another. Can I have this, you forgot I had to pay this, but Mom everyone got one of these, Darn, I don't feel like cooking in the heat;), can we have ice cream, please, please, please??

It was so bad that I am embarrassed to go back to the no buy May thread. I am hiding out til June comes along!:rotfl2:

ClarabelleCowFan
05-27-2010, 02:35 PM
Count us in this club.

Repairs for the Jeep part 1 $350
Repairs for the Jeep part 2 (waiting to hear - at the shop now)
Lost credit card dispute with Doubletree Washington DC $226 (they charged our card for a stay that we cancelled and we lost the dispute)
Listing our home in MD with a property manager $895
Paying a half month rent in June just to secure a rental home in GA $700

MomToOne
05-27-2010, 03:03 PM
Plane tickets home to help plan my father's memorial service, plus prepaid rental car: $750ish

Plane tickets home for the actual service a few weeks later (long story): so far $340, and I still need to buy another one way ticket and get a rental car (but that will probably hit the June budget)

Daughter's 10th birthday: about $100 over what I had originally planned - I had just given up the fight by that point to be honest.

So it's looking to be about $1200 over budget this month. And the bleeding will probably continue well into next month when I actually do all the travelling I bought the plane tickets for.

I'm just trying to get to July when things should quiet down again...

PHXscuba
05-27-2010, 03:40 PM
End of school-year expenses -- nickel and dimed to death.

A/C capacitor: $300.

SHOES -- new dress shoes for rapidly growing DS13 and DD8, new ballet shoes for both DDs, new jazz shoes for DD10, DH needs new water sandals for an adventure trip next month, I bought some Teva Mush to try based on great reviews from this board:rolleyes:.

I just got the paperwork for DS's marching band expenses in the fall.:scared1: That will be a budget buster.

PHXscuba

Tinkerbelle9980
05-27-2010, 05:40 PM
So I guess May has been a bad month for a lot of people. While I hate that others have had to lose extra money, I am glad to know that I am not alone. Thanks to everyone who has replied so far! :grouphug:

And here's to June being a better month!:)

mommy2_3
05-27-2010, 05:57 PM
Last month was a pretty bad month for us

birthday-$125

get AC recharged with freon $430

easter-$150 (we got my twin neices an easter basket since my sister couldnt afford one and we also got them easter dresses)

this month the only budget buster was that we sent my other sister $100 for food since they cut down her food stamps (she got that fixed though) and she called me crying cause she didnt have much food for her and my neice. she is pregnant to. so she got to spend $100 on food. but i wouldnt really call that a "buster" cause she is my sister.

Mom2apirate&princess
05-27-2010, 06:01 PM
This was a bad month for us.

Dh got two speeding tickets a week apart. $465 total.

Today I took my kids to the eye doctor. Ds needs new glasses, I'm guessing that will be around $100 and dd needs new ones as well. We just replaced hers in March. Ugh.

punkin
05-27-2010, 08:16 PM
Last month was a pretty bad month for us

birthday-$125

get AC recharged with freon $430

easter-$150 (we got my twin neices an easter basket since my sister couldnt afford one and we also got them easter dresses)

this month the only budget buster was that we sent my other sister $100 for food since they cut down her food stamps (she got that fixed though) and she called me crying cause she didnt have much food for her and my neice. she is pregnant to. so she got to spend $100 on food. but i wouldnt really call that a "buster" cause she is my sister.

Thank God you had the means to help your sister. That's a blessing for both of you.

ksl5f123
05-27-2010, 08:16 PM
Us too!!

A/C repair (needed new condenser coil) $1500
Sprinkler system repair (major leak) $75
refrigerator repair $100
One more repair worker to go - $?

Ugh!

mrodgers
05-27-2010, 08:29 PM
You folks sure are posting a lot of central AC unit problems on this board. Maybe I will stick with my window unit. If mine breaks, I'll pull it out and toss a new one in for $100 or so.....

My budget buster was bad, but good.

Blew a headgasket in my work runner. I was quoted $900 to fix it. With 185,000 miles and rusting all to ****, I figured I couldn't break it any worse so I spent less than $100 on the gaskets and a timing belt and did it myself. Runs fantastic for the price I paid for the car, $20. No needing to replace the car for another 6 months now (I don't think it will pass inspection without some big money put into bodywork and other stuff.)

mamamelody
05-27-2010, 08:43 PM
Expensive month for us, too!!
We had a couple of hot days in April so DH tried the A/C. Nothing. Got it checked out and it was toast. This was not a surprise as it was 27 years old, but still.
Hot water heater was also very old and a flood waiting to happen.
SO we got new AC and water heater along with a cold air return put in from basement to 2nd story as there wasn't one.
$4100 total. Ouch.
And now the AC in the mini van is not working right. Great!!

BrcsDisneyPrncs
05-27-2010, 09:00 PM
The week after we got home from WDW this month my car went in for its inspection and came out with $1058 in wheel bearing/brakes :headache:

Although looking at some of the May expenses on here, i'm going to happily pay my bill with minimal complaint :rolleyes1

Hope everyone has a better June!

dizluvah
05-27-2010, 09:03 PM
Animal hospital emergency vet bill for cat on Monday morning 5am...

$352

blew the budget for the next several weeks - it will be a stay at home and don't spend money long weekend for DH and I.....

4Pirates&APrincess
05-27-2010, 09:15 PM
Gosh! After reading all of these replies I feel like I am lucky.
My garbage disposer bit the dust today and my DH cracked a filling eating pistachios so now a crown is in his future. But hey it looks like I had a great month compared to some. Hoping a better June for all of you!

amez
05-27-2010, 09:24 PM
The last three months have been sucking the life out of our bank accounts. We haven't been on a big vacation in several years. We committed to go -bought tickets, paid for a house rental---then everything starts to hit. Oldest dd broke her collar bone, youngest dd broke her arm and dislocated her elbow (had to have surgery and stay at the children's hospital for several days) $1000 in repairs to the Suburban. Just this week--one of our drainage pipes burst (well it had probably burst over the winter, but the spring rains have brought the situation to our attention) Our Air conditioner is not working and now my husbands car is leaking power steering fluid!!! Our vacation budget is shrinking quickly!!

We are still thankful for all that we have and the fact that we are all healthy, but boy what a hectic couple of months.

Taja
05-27-2010, 09:53 PM
May hasn't been too bad, but we've reached the 100 degree mark, so the cost of pool chemicals will be skyrocketing. Not that the price will go up--although it could (prices are up about 20% over last year), but more chemicals are necessary to maintain the pool with our extreme heat.

That also means more electricity, as I've had to increase the filter to 6 hours each night--and most likely will have to increase it to 8 hours by July. *sigh* And we have higher summer electricity and water rates. *sigh*

Not unexpected, but certainly not welcomed! *LOL*

Let's hope everything else continues to run smoothly!

3boymthr
05-27-2010, 10:07 PM
Well, not totally unexpected, but definitely a budget buster. I had my pay cut 15% and my hours cut 50%. A $25,000 hit for the year.

Ember
05-27-2010, 11:03 PM
Great thread, it doesn't make me feel so bad about this month... My car was attacked in a Wal-Mart parking lot. I was in to get a few things, come back and the hood of my car had two huge gashes in it. They started at the bumper and went right up to the window, cutting through the hood! :scared1: I'm still not sure what happened.

The body shop was great and because it wasn't worth it to go through insurance (it's a used car so I only covered it for the basics) he repaired as much as possible without replacing it and found me a used hood. But it still cost $975!:headache: He said it looked like a semi or one of those trucks that's high off the ground had backed into me. People just suck sometimes!!

leebee
05-28-2010, 04:13 PM
Let's see...

DH's volvo repair... $1200 (grrr, he didn't even call me, just told them to do the work..)
Brake repair to my van... $156 (not bad? keep reading...)
Necessary (for safety sake) balljoint replacement on my van... $356
Needed front end repair to my van... $3000+ :scared1: :mad: :sad2:
NO, we are not putting this kind of money into a 1997 grand voyager with 215K+ miles on it, which means...
Car loan... ???
Totally unplanned, although we knew that it'd happen sooner or later. Guess it's sooner! I JUST paid off last year's medical bills ($225 a month since 2/09, DH cancer scare, DD tonsillectomy, etc) and was SO looking forward to having my money stay in my checking account. Not gonna happen... sigh...

BIG credit card bill- airfare for 2 to Orlando (in august), deposit on vacation, tuition for Rockettes training course for DD, payment on past semester's dance tuition were all on there before the cars fell apart. Oh well.. I am onto another credit card cycle and have a lovely, zero balance to start destroying one more time!!

MamaOdie
05-28-2010, 04:25 PM
SUV repair (the truck we were going to drive to WDW). $1400:sick:

bettymae1121
05-28-2010, 04:47 PM
$5600 to replace the engine on my DH's truck.

The silver lining is that the truck runs like new (well it should, shouldn't it!) and we don't have to share my Saturn anymore. I now have a car I can drive while DH is at work! :)

MickeyMomOfThree
05-28-2010, 04:47 PM
For all of you with really large amounts, :hug:. May was Nickle/Dime Mom to death month. One thing after another. Can I have this, you forgot I had to pay this, but Mom everyone got one of these, Darn, I don't feel like cooking in the heat;), can we have ice cream, please, please, please??

It was so bad that I am embarrassed to go back to the no buy May thread. I am hiding out til June comes along!:rotfl2:

Aww, don't feel embarassed, we all have those months. (But if you read my first line on the No Buy thread it says I was embarassed to report too. I can relate!)

iwrbnd
05-28-2010, 04:52 PM
Well, after watching the abuse video from the Conklin Dairy Farm in Ohio, I have decided to stop supporting large farm factories and am going with local farms! I'm sick and tired of hearing about abuses at these places! It will be more expensive and hurt my grocery budget but it will lighten my conscience!

MrsHeg
05-28-2010, 05:02 PM
Doctor bills -
MRI
Office Visits
Shoulder Surgery
Physical Therapy
Lost time at work

2DisPrincesses
05-28-2010, 08:36 PM
Ultrasound bill
New tires
DH shattered lcd on laptop
washed my cellphone

tinkmom2
05-28-2010, 08:46 PM
For about a month or two now I have been hearing this rattling sound under our car. I am in the car with my DH and am like "Do you hear that?" "What?" he says? He comes home from work yesterday A.M. and says our muffler is hanging there by a thread! Luckliy we have a neighborhood mechanic who is pretty reasonable. The parts were about $6.00 labor was about $54.00 so $60 dollars spent this week that we really could use. I hear another noise and think it's the shocks. I know that is very costly.. Please pray for us lol!
We also have a $700 bill for my dd's adnoid and tube surgery along with a miriad of other medical bills.

Sagginit
05-28-2010, 10:05 PM
wow i feel great about my budget busters now! the big one is we decided to book a trip to WDW, which is less than the other option i was considering but we booked sooner than i was planning.

i also somehow gained a few lbs and so i dont have to buy all new summer clothes ive gone on a diet. this means at least two trips a week to the foodstore to make sure i have plenty of veggies, fruit, and healthy options like selzter instead of soda. should be cheaper but i try to eat half of the stuff organic and always seem to be running out of something, while i never ran out of chips. :confused3 i guess its cheaper than a new wardrobe.

hopemax
05-28-2010, 11:04 PM
We haven't had any "unplanned" expenditures, but March, April & May have been just a giant flow of money going outward.

We bought a house in the fall, so we have all our Spring/Summer purchases that have been adding up. New lawnmower, new patio set (and we want to do it right, so not a cheap set), flowers & vegetables and all the garden tools that go with that. Airfare for my trip to FL to visit my parents in June, airfare for our "vacation" (which means DH comes too, and the purpose is for theme parks not family visit) in Oct. Tickets for a concert, car tune-up. We just brought home a weedwacker today and I bought a 3-day ticket for Universal for my June trip. We're buying a Weber Grill sometime this weekend. Oh, and we adopted a kitty, so all the stuff for him wasn't cheap either.

Next month isn't going to be any easier. DH & I both have teeth cleanings (no dental insurance), we have to buy our airfare to go back to Seattle (DH's family) for Christmas, tickets to see King Tut when DH's parents are here in July.

All I have to say, is the first time homebuyer credit works...we turned around and spent our $8K to help the economy! :lmao: And most of the stuff is of the "fun" variety so that helps. We've been putting everything on our Disney Visa, with the intention of using the Dream Dollars for "Eating Around the World" during Food & Wine in Oct. At this point, it will not only pay for that but for a bunch of souvenirs too.

bucket o' butter
05-29-2010, 07:39 AM
We had a huge budget buster this month. DS(16) who just got his driver's license in March decided that it was smart to drive around a sharp curve in the rain at 45 mph. The car flipped on it's side and slid down a huge wooded ravine. How it didn't hit a tree, we don't know. Thank the good Lord that he is alive because in all reality of where the accident happened, he could have easily been killed.

Overall, it is probably going to cost between $800 - $1000. Damage to the car was about $500, towing fee was $150, and the ticket he will get for violating his probationary driver's license will be salty. We have no idea what that will be. And to top it off, they have automatically scheduled his court date during our three day vacation we are taking this summer. I have to call on Tuesday to see if that can be changed. Since I have never experienced going to court, I don't know how easy this will be. Yikes!

At this point ds does not have a job because it is very difficult for a 16 year old to find employment in our area, but he is helping working it off by jobs around the house and helping his grandparents out. Unfortunately, we still have to come up with the money. The car that was wrecked is not his car, it is one of our family cars. If anything, he has proven to us that he is not responsible enough for a car of his own! I was in the process of saving money for a surprise cruise next spring break, but I think that is going to be put on hold now. Still hoping I can come up with the money, but not looking too good!

MandM-Mom
05-29-2010, 09:09 AM
Bad month of may here for sure.....looking forward to June!

Basketball hoop fell into our Trailblazer during storm...replaced window...no cost due to full glass but bad anyways!
DH got a ticket...110.00 fine 85.00 court surcharge.
Bats in our attic.....2300.00 for a nuisance wildlife company to seal up and evict.

minniefan65
05-29-2010, 06:19 PM
We got double-whammied this month. I had to have an upper GI done. After insurance pays I am looking at about $1300. Our water heater had been leaking at the valve so DH replaced the valve. Apparently when he turned the water back on it shot gunk from the pipes up and messed up the water flow to the bath tub. I paid a plumber $163.00 to come out and TRY to fix the problem. I was informed that the problem has to do with our very old galvanized pipes and it will cost $6000 for the cheapest repair or 13,000 to re-pipe the entire house. I have neither the cash nor the credit for that. We are hoping to find a plumber that does side jobs who can do it for a more reasonable price.

iwrbnd
05-30-2010, 09:59 AM
We had a huge budget buster this month. DS(16) who just got his driver's license in March decided that it was smart to drive around a sharp curve in the rain at 45 mph. The car flipped on it's side and slid down a huge wooded ravine. How it didn't hit a tree, we don't know. Thank the good Lord that he is alive because in all reality of where the accident happened, he could have easily been killed.

Overall, it is probably going to cost between $800 - $1000. Damage to the car was about $500, towing fee was $150, and the ticket he will get for violating his probationary driver's license will be salty. We have no idea what that will be. And to top it off, they have automatically scheduled his court date during our three day vacation we are taking this summer. I have to call on Tuesday to see if that can be changed. Since I have never experienced going to court, I don't know how easy this will be. Yikes!

At this point ds does not have a job because it is very difficult for a 16 year old to find employment in our area, but he is helping working it off by jobs around the house and helping his grandparents out. Unfortunately, we still have to come up with the money. The car that was wrecked is not his car, it is one of our family cars. If anything, he has proven to us that he is not responsible enough for a car of his own! I was in the process of saving money for a surprise cruise next spring break, but I think that is going to be put on hold now. Still hoping I can come up with the money, but not looking too good!

So sorry to hear about your son's accident! We went through the exact same thing with our son this year! It was stressful. He also can't find a job due to the economy in our town. Now he has to drive a purple minivan!:rotfl2:There is still justice in this world!:thumbsup2

ski070880
05-30-2010, 01:26 PM
The last 15 days of this month have been hell on our budget.

First, Leaf Springs broke on the truck, $1500 to replace and get alligned.
And then in PA we have to have vehicles inspected. They found leak in exhaust and muffler and brakes going bad. $800 for muffler/exhaust and $250 for brakes.

Second, my boy complains of an upset stomach about 2 weeks ago on Monday. By Tuesday AM he cant walk, trip to ER X-ray and CAT Scan followed by emergency Appendectmy followed by 4 days in hospital.

Third, About a week after boy gets discharged from hospital, he is running small fever and starts getting sick. Call Hospital and we are told to bring him back hiim. After another ER visit and more x-ray and CAT scans ANOTHER emergency surgery to take out a pocket of infection and 4 more days in hospital.

No, clue on total costs of Hospital stays yet. We have insurance but we have it on our own, so we have a high deductible, and then a percentage of costs up to a max.

But the cost of either my wife or I to stay with him and the other spouse to go home with the other 3 kids to get them off to school. As added about an additional $300-$500 in gas and food.

Teacher03
05-30-2010, 06:41 PM
It's been a terrible week at my house!!!! My glasses broke beyond repair, so I had to buy a new pair because my time isn't up on my insurance-$220.00. I suddenly experienced excruciating tooth pain on Wednesday; had to have a root canal-$879.00.

lorac4disney
05-30-2010, 07:32 PM
Paying for my Dad's funeral. :(

Now that he's gone, Mom has no income until she starts receiving survivor's benefits on my Dad's retirement. They said it would be 4 to 6 months before the paperwork gets processed (military retirement). Mom has no saving anymore because Dad's nursing home bill ate that up completely so I'll have to support her until she starts getting a check. The one brother that I do have that is financially sound just got out of the hospital and is facing a mountain of bills related to that so he won't be able to help. The other two have yet to stop bumming off of my mother, brother, and me so they are of no help at all. When they call me asking for money, I ask them for their share of Dad and Mom's bills. Shuts them up really quick, but still makes me sick.

And yes, I am still going on vacation next week. I love my parents dearly and will do everything I can for Mom (she lives next door to me), but it sometimes gets a little frustrating that everyone looks to me to be the family's personal bank account. Sorry. Just a small vent there. I realize that I shouldn't complain. I know I'm lucky.

blanq
05-30-2010, 09:20 PM
Our furnace went kaput in May, so we dropped $5600 to replace that and have some additional duct work done. Not. Fun.

kathie859
05-30-2010, 09:26 PM
My 10 yr old Boston Terrier needed surgery.:scared1:
We are 2 weeks later and $1400 poorer today:sad2:

On the happy side, she is so much better:wizard:

mrodgers
05-31-2010, 01:01 AM
First, Leaf Springs broke on the truck, $1500 to replace and get alligned.
And then in PA we have to have vehicles inspected. They found leak in exhaust and muffler and brakes going bad. $800 for muffler/exhaust and $250 for brakes.

For this, I'd say you need to find yourself a new mechanic. Even all the leaf springs being replaced, which you should only have to replace the single broken leaf as I highly doubt every leaf broke, should have only cost about $200. I don't think it cost me that much when I had a leaf replaced on my truck. Exhaust, might cost you $200 for parts if you went with factory stock parts. Typical car buying at a normal parts store would be about $50-80 for a pipe and $30-50 for a muffler, then add labor, which is normally $70/hour and maybe 2 hours of work. $250 for brakes could be good if you had to replace rotors or a caliper. The problem with the calipers is, they don't tell you they can be rebuilt with new seals for about $10 and tell you that it needs replaced with a $150 unit.

Leaf springs (most basic and easy to work on suspension system) and exhaust though, those numbers are outragous and out of this world!

luvdisney00
05-31-2010, 06:47 AM
UGH..joining this club that I don't want to join. DD7 was in the hospital last month for an asthma attack and the bills are rolling in. Needed a new furnace which we thought we had time to save for, but we don't because the central AC won't run with out fixing the furnace. That's a big one, not totally unexpected, but still... DH needed a new car(well used) in Jan (his just died AFTER putting $500 of repairs into it) so we are tight because my car pymts are not done till Sept, we were planning on buying a new car for him when my pymts were done.

And this month specifically, CLOTHES and SHOES. My 3 DD's seem to have outgrown all of their clothes and need new summer stuff, plus I lost 30lbs and need some new stuff too. DD15 usually passes down stuff to her 12 yo sister, but this year it just seems like hand me downs are not working with sizes. We went to our pool club opening on Sat. and Sun morning we were out shopping for bathing suits before a friends barbeque/pool party. They both told me their suits fit but not so much...

BUT, I will squeeze it all out of the budget somehow because we ARE going to WDW in Aug :banana::banana: Unexpected expenses will not come out of trip funds! Anyone want PB &J for dinner??? LOL

punkin
05-31-2010, 07:24 AM
BUT, I will squeeze it all out of the budget somehow because we ARE going to WDW in Aug :banana::banana: Unexpected expenses will not come out of trip funds! Anyone want PB &J for dinner??? LOL

Let's have a potluck. I'll bring rice and beans. ;)

leebee
05-31-2010, 11:17 PM
Pasta... I'll bring the pasta; I just got a bunch at 3 lbs for $1. Also grilled cheese and tomato soup!

Jeez... I remember when "budget meals" meant hamburgers or macaroni and cheese. Anyone looked at the price of real cheese lately? Even LOL american is $6/lb :scared1:

Mom_Rides
06-01-2010, 12:11 AM
Well I don't feel so bad for our bad month now that I read some other posts!

Our umbrella stroller broke a week ago Sunday. The foot rest part. I emailed the company to find out how much it would be replace it. $20. For a $35 stroller. :eek: And the part wouldn't be here in time for our trip...well it could be for another $20 :eek: And at this point we are still without a stroller because I just couldn't swallow buying another stroller yet. I'll wait until Friday when my 20% BRU coupon goes into effect.

Then this past Monday, we came home from work to find our fridge not working. With about $65 in groceries in it that we had just purchased on Sunday night. :mad: We put what we could salvadge in our basement fridge and we'll be looking for a new one when we come back from our trip.

Thursday morning my DH woke me up at 5am with severe pain. We made a trip to the ER with a CAT scan and lots of tests and he has a kidney stone. Several RX's and an appointment with a urologist this coming Wednesday.

And of course, to top it off, my DSS9 comes out Thursday night holding his glasses in 2 pieces. He broke them while he was cleaning them. Wonderful. $45 to replace them. Thank goodness we bought the extra insurance on all the kids glasses!!!

I really hope this week is a quiet one leading up to our trip!

Cindy B
06-01-2010, 04:26 AM
Pasta... I'll bring the pasta; I just got a bunch at 3 lbs for $1. Also grilled cheese and tomato soup!

Jeez... I remember when "budget meals" meant hamburgers or macaroni and cheese. Anyone looked at the price of real cheese lately? Even LOL american is $6/lb :scared1:

%6/lb? It is usually $2.99/3.99 lb here and that is the "normal" price.