You know what’s really clean? My car’s new power steering fluid. You know what else is really clean? My checking account!
Yup, I’m ready for the Borscht Belt.
Seriously, though, I actually had an incredibly productive week, full of taking care of business at work and at home. I knocked a ton of stuff off my work to-do list and even got underway on a major new project — not bad for a four-day workweek where I was still recovering from jet lag.
Meanwhile, at home, I ate a lot of vegetables, made bread and made another batch of sour cherry jam (which I’d been meaning to do for a month), cleaned the bathroom, conditioned my boots, took apart the bedframe and put the boxspring and mattress on the floor*, made a haircut appointment, and took my car both to the mechanic and to the place that vacuums out the inside.
The vacuum place, I have no complaints! The $8 to turn that chore over to someone else was well worth it. I don’t have complaints about the mechanic either actually, it was just more expensive than I’d hoped for. I got an oil change, and asked them also to look at the brakes (which turned out to be fine) and at a noise I’d been hearing when making a hard left turn. They weren’t 100% sure what the noise was about, but cited several issues that it *could* be, all of which needed to be dealt with anyway as a matter of maintenance (the power steering fluid) and/or safety (there was something loose that…shouldn’t have been loose.) All of that, plus a couple other maintenance things, came to about $400, mostly in labor. It all needed doing, so no regrets, but I’m not feeling very frugal after all, especially since I’m also having trouble sticking to the amount of cash I took out at the beginning of May (much less than I usually take out, because of the trip.)
I really can’t wait to fill this emergency fund up; the first thing I’m doing after that is putting money into my “gremlins” and “repairs” funds. I’ve been managing so far without having to taking anything out of the EF but I don’t like feeling so close to the edge all the time; it would be great to have several hundred dollars worth of cushion sitting around in my spending money.
[Edited to add: oh yeah, I took a suit jacket to the dry cleaners and did a massive cleanup of my office at work — piles of papers sorted and put away, etc — so that was really good too.]
*I’d been meaning to do this for a while; I rent a room, so the bed’s not mine, and I’ve thought it was too high off the ground basically since I moved in. Now that summer is rapidly coming on, I especially wanted to be lower to the ground so the fan (which sits on the floor) can actually reach me!