What do you know!
Apparently my van's transmission is nothing to write home about, but neither does it need to be rebuilt. A $220 repair, and I'll be good to go tomorrow.
You have no idea how relieved I am, even though I have been reading the auto ads and fantasizing about a new car. I haven't had a car payment in five years, and I'm really not in a financial place to have one now.
Murphy, of course, watched my adventures in auto mechanics, and finding only disappointment there, decided to move on to my ten-year-old TV set.
Poof! One minute I'm watching it and the next, the picture is gone.
Some would point out that this might be a good time to learn to live without a TV, but that ain't gonna happen. (Um, yeah, Ole Grace is a video addict.)
But, hey! I'd just dodged an $6000 bullet, so what's $206 for a 22 inch flat screen TV, right?
Did I read Consumer Reports? Did I check for the most quality at best price? Or did I run out in a panic and buy the first reasonably priced TV set I saw? (No prizes for figuring out the answer to that one!)
This is NOT going to be one of my better months for debt reduction.
But dang! I still have my not-so-trusty Dodge Caravan, and a brand new TV. Color Grace happy!