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Computer Fix & Feeling Frustrated

December 6th, 2019 at 04:55 pm

Well the good news is that I believe my computer can be fixed! I found a local shop to repair it, and I'm waiting for the right parts to come in.

It was $135 for the diagnosis and to fix one part. Plus another $450 for the main part that I need. Thankfully my family is buying me that part for my Christmas present! Seems like a pricey fix but still much much cheaper than the few thousand a new computer would cost. Hoping I get a few more good years out of this one! Whew.

But besides that I am feeling frustrated. I have had to raid some of my buffer to pay for things like dog food, fixing my computer, a few baby items we needed, medicine for me and the pets, etc. Also I am working very minimum hours at my side job so I will barely be able to put anything towards debt this month. I just feel like I can never get ahead. It seems like my money is spent way before I ever even get it, and I am always playing catch up. I save for one thing, and then something else goes wrong.

For example: Our new plumbing is messing up and so I need to come up with $200 to pump the septic and then fingers crossed that is actually the issue and not something terrible and more expensive.

I'm starting to stress about maternity leave. Thankfully I will be paid. But my husband is also hoping to take off for a month at 70% of income. (Which is a blessing) but we need to put back money to cover the difference, and also we won't have any overtime that month to put towards debt so we need to pay that ahead of time too. Seems like we are quickly running out of time and paychecks!

November Check In

December 2nd, 2019 at 04:47 pm

Debts
Mortgage -$113,042.44 (-$154.93)
0% CC -$3,500 (-$515)
Helitech Loan -$4,000 (-$562.50)
Medical Loan -$2,000 (-$109.65)

Savings
Roth IRAs +$15,721‬ (+$395)
401Ks +$25,203 (+$948)
Emergency Fund +$2,428(-$931)
Animal Fund +$105 (+$1)
Truck Fund +$1,855 (+$130)
HSA +$551 (+$201)

Overall: +$2,086.08

A solid month. Lots of gain which was offset from having to pay my annual yearly home insurance.

Not figured in this is the $1,500+ we spent on nursery furniture and Christmas presents on Black Friday. We had the cash for this. My Christmas shopping is mostly done. I only have two more people to buy for and my husband's stocking. The only big thing we have left to purchase for the nursery is a rug. We bought a crib, recliner, and a used dresser that I am going to paint.

Computer Woes

December 2nd, 2019 at 04:39 pm

And just like that my computer is toast. :/ The computer I scrimped and saved for and then paid off early.

I knew this day was coming. It has been making some noises for a month or two now. (Of course about a month after my extended warranty wore off...) The computer is 4.5 years old and I use it for hours daily and have lots of programs and games.

Fortunately I can still get in it in safe mode so I was able to save my bookmarks, and documents. I had almost everything backed up anyway since this computer has died multiple times in the last year or two (under warranty) and I had to recover things over and over. I'm kind of used to it to be honest.

Thankfully my husband has a computer so I think I am going to download the bare minimum to his computer so I can work somewhat and wait a bit to purchase. Today is Cyber Monday but the computer I want is only $450 off which isn't much. I think I got my last one $1,000 off plus a free tv.

I can get 12 months free financing but I am leery to take on anymore payments. So I'm going to wait for now if possible. A major pain, but doable I think. Since I am getting close to my due date I have cut back my hours and projects a lot anyway. I think I can finish up my commitments on my husband's computer. But eventually, probably sooner rather than later I am going to have to buy a new one and it is looking like around $2,500. Yikes!

A necessary expense for someone who makes a living on computers, but definitely not what I wanted to spend my money on right now.