Not that I recommend burning down one's garage as a way to make money (and such an action might provoke a pesky arson charge!) but. . .
I came home to a huge stack of mail. Midway through it was a statement from my insurance company AND a check. Now, understand that the company that rehabbed my garage also did an inventory, as best they could, of all the burned items they tossed in the dumpster. They got everything I could remember and a lot that I had forgotten. I was asked to price the items, which I did for those things I had either recently purchased or could remember. But with so much of it, like my deceased parents' 70's era furniture, I had no clue. So the company told me to leave those items blank and they would figure it out.
Boy, did they!
While I would happily have accepted a couple thousand dollars for everything, they paid me replacement (as opposed to actual cash value) costs, which came to an amazing $9000.
After I recovered from my shock, and got that baby deposited, I figured out where it was all going:
$2000 to two of my daughters who lost their items.
(That should teach them NOT to store their stuff at
$800 to bring my "baby steps" emergency fund up to
$1000, where it has not been since April;
$1600 to pay the property taxes on my rental house
at the coast; This will be the first time in years
that I am current on those taxes and will get the 3%
discount for paying it all off in a timely manner;
$2000 for Christmas. This is a large amount, but
I am the chief provider of presents for five daughters,
six grandchildren, two spouses and one sister, as well
as the one who buys the Christmas dinner, lights, trees,
$600 for heating oil--I am determined that this will be
the year I do NOT run the tank dry and incur repair
charges for clogging the lines.
So that leaves me $2000 to apply to debt.
Not to mention that my neighbor is now renting my garage from me, and providing me with an additional $250 a month in income.
Pretty good, huh?
Umm--I think you should put those matches down, NOW!