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About that emergency fund…

A few things that prevent us from getting our emergency fund complete as quickly as I’d like:

1. A totaled 1999 VW Passat with transmission issues.  Money has been going into the new car fund instead of the emergency fund.  We’re looking for a reliable, used, four-door hatchback.  The Passat still runs, so we’re not in a hurry, but the more we save for the car, the better car we can get.  And that slows down the emergency fund.

2. A 2001 Frigidaire washing machine with a broken doomafloppy.  I don’t remember what the part was, but the machine made a terrible knocking noise on the spin cycle.  We had a repairman come out ($75) and he told us that yes, it could be fixed, but that to fix it would cost more than a new washer.  So, we spent around $800 for a new washer and installation.

3. Christmas.  We like to give gifts, so some money that would have ordinarily gone into the emergency fund has gone into the gifts category for the last couple of months.

I’m not loving the delays.  But we’ll get there eventually, right?



About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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