Sunday, January 17, 2010

Murphy Has Moved In

Quite a few times when you watch 'debt free Friday' stories on the Dave Ramsey show, you hear about people who had to overcome some pretty significant problems in addition to clearing up their debt. I guess I am in good company and I am taking it as a sign that I am on the right track because Murphy has done moved in and set up housekeeping in our guest room!
I was making some headway on our debts however over the past couple of weeks the following has happened:

  • Our furnace is dead. Not even on life support but totally not working. And it is like 40 degrees outside! After paying $90 for a diagnosis, we found out that it will cost around $700 to fix the ignition control board and another part. Bummer.

  • Our one car needs some work. It has a leak around the thermostat that is getting worse. We have been putting off getting it fixed but it looks like this problem will soon move to the top of our "fix it" list. In addition, the tail light went out and changing the bulb isn't fixing the problem so it looks like the shop needs to take a look at that as well before we get pulled over for having a light out. Ouch.

  • Our house's main line drain is not working. It backed up and made a mess and two plumbers later they are still working on it (for some reason I think we picked the two worst plumbers in the phone book).

I'll quit whining now. I am sure things will work out. I am fortunate, however, that we do have an emergency fund and employment, some things that many people don't currently have.

p.s. In case you don't watch Dave Ramsey, some of the things the callers have to go through before they overcome their problems and eventually reach financial success, are much, much worse than my little problems. I still can see the light at the end of the tunnel!


  1. Karen Peissinger-VenhausJanuary 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Just thinking out loud: have you checked the fuse for the tail light? I seem to recall I had a similar problem and the fuse turned out to be the culprit.

  2. Thanks for the idea. I will check that before making an appointment at the dealer.