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Earn $97, Spend $627

June 24th, 2008 at 12:30 pm

The van. VAN! I think it stands for
V = vehicle
A = always
N = needs something

Okay, that was corny. Anyway, the cooling fan & motor on the radiator needs to be replaced, as well as the fan relay (which also needs a pigtail). I'm just glad to get it fixed. I feel helpless without a vehicle. Makes me realize I need to get over that and figure out how to get around with 4 little kids without my own vehicle.

My dad, a mechanic in a state far, far away, nearly had a heart attack when I told him what and how much. Alas, he doesn't charge enough in his own garage to understand that others charge upwards of $85/hour for labor and mark-up the parts. Funny thing - just after I talked to the shop to okay the repairs, a coupon came in the mail for the shop for $10 off. Better than nothing Wink

Return and Report: Yard Sale Results

June 23rd, 2008 at 11:49 am

I made $97. The leftovers will go to my friend's yard sale in a couple of weeks. The leftovers from that will be donated. Not too shabby. I'm definitely happy with the results.

Garage sale tomorrow... wish me luck

June 20th, 2008 at 06:41 pm

Everything is ready to go. I can't wait to get this stuff out of here. I hope the Florida rains wait until at least 2pm.

CLUE Report - get it free

June 18th, 2008 at 11:50 am

Clark Howard talked about this yesterday, so I thought I'd add the link:

A CLUE report is how the insurance company keeps tabs on you, similar to a credit report for insurance. It has info about claims, etc on your Homeowner's Insurance and on your Auto Insurance. Clark suggested that you ask for one from the seller before you buy a house, and check it free once a year to see if there are any mistakes on your report. You can dispute/correct information on it.

Garage Sale - get away from me, junk!

June 16th, 2008 at 04:03 pm

I am decluttering and purging, and hoping to make a little moo-la this weekend. Wish me luck.

Oh, and if you have any tips on holding a sale, please let me know. I'm thinking advertising with signs at all major intersections in a mile radius, Craigslist, online paper ad (that's free).

I can't believe I did that!

June 13th, 2008 at 02:03 am

I hit a grocery cart with the van, and since the cart was pinned against a curb and my van, it busted the glass out of the sliding door! Embarrassment Thank goodness for $0 glass deductible. And thank goodness that DD, who sat near that window, wasn't hurt.

We just rented a van

June 7th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Unfortunately, this cuts vacation a week short, but that's okay. It's still vacation and we're still going to have fun!

#$@! Van - Mechanics, please comment

June 5th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Something is shorting the battery out, and I am no mechanic. I do have a Haynes book, and I also have a volt/ohm meter, so I guess I'll get to work looking for it. We are supposed to go on vacation at the end of the month and I can't drive 600 miles with the worry of breaking down! And I am determined to go on vacation, as it will be our first and the kids are excited (plus, food and board are free).