Last month I posted I wanted to focus on getting stuff fixed around the house. I started a little savings plan that seemed to be working for me. I was so excited on getting some appliances replaced and other work done that I had been puting off because of cost . I certainly have made a major home improvement with the water main replacement. It’s not all bad, just the timing is less than optimal from a cash flow point of view. I like knowing that the work is done and I hope it will last. So far so good, as the water dept. said there is no- flow when they checked the meter that should mean I’m good to go as far as any leaks and I should get the estimated usage for my adjusted water bill in the next couple of days. If the SHTF it might be tough finding a plumber and parts for a replacement water line.
My garage door opener just shredded the gear that opens and closes the door. Literally shredded, as all that is left is plastic fuzz that resembles pocket lint. Dad came over and gave it a look and disconnected the chain so I could open the door manually. There was a bit of light rope that was tied to the disconnect that I did not know it was for going to manual mode opening the door. I found a new garage door opener of the same make that is only $120.00 at Lowes. Dad’s taking a look at it to see if we can use the rails and chain from the old opener and that should save a few dollars. I can’t complain about the garage door opener dying as it was installed back in 1995 so almost 20 years isn’t to bad a lifespan for any machine.
This week I can start refiling the water barrels, now that the estimate is done. Some great buys are starting for meat at Paul’s on pork roast, chops and even beef Rib-eyes. Albertsons has lobster tails for $3.88 each and some wild caught salmon for $2.49 a pound. Once I know the cost of the estimated water bill I will figure out how much meat I can afford to stock up on. My guess that meat prices are going to go up dramatically this year so I’m trying to stock up as much as possible before the new “normal” prices hit the store shelves.
I’m hoping things will calm down a bit. 2014 has been a challenge and it’s not even the middle of February.