When it Rains, it Pours

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This month I had to take my jeep (Jerry) in for an inspection and also register it. Jerry was also due for an oil change, I did my research and found a well recommended privately owned garage whose owners I know. I figuered if I was looking at about $200-$250. WRONG. My lovely bill this morning was $618…I still need to pay $101 to register it. Maybe this is why people have emergency funds?

My father also called to tell me that the cheapest tires he could find for my vehicle are running around $700 installed…

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I can already see that I won’t be making my March goal of having my Visa at $5000. I think maintaining it at $5500 will have to be the adjusted goal.

This has all happened at a time when I’m stressing about an upcoming midterm for my course. One ray of sunshine however is I’ve learned my employer is letting us claim tuition on our personal income tax! Hooray! Now I just need to get my taxes filed so I can hopefully get back on track. I hate the thought of using my tax return just to get back on track and not sink it into debt or replenish savings.

Please share with me your budgetting methods! Teach me how to budget!

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