Firstly my car, drove it out of the garage on Thursday only for it to break down again.....yep it truly did.........dh nearly ran into the back of me. However at that point we had already decided to purchase a new car, as the garage gave us a decent price for my old one. We go and pick up a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback on Tuesday. It's in black and has a few bells and whistles I will never use, but we got a good deal on it, so decided to take it. I should see a huge difference in my gas/petrol bills, I hope. It is costing us an extra $10 a month in insurance, but can't do anything about that. Luckily there is 0% financing as money is pretty tight at the moment, but we should be able to make this work. Also we 0% financing, it's not like it is costing us extra money in interest.
What I do know is that my old car in unreliable and not safe for me to drive. So the garage was good enough to lend me a car to tide me over until Tuesday.........a Ford Taurus.........the keys had better not stop working in it.
In between hands we committed to having the driveway tar and chipped. This was money we could have done without spending. However the results are awesome and has made a huge difference:
I personally had never heard of tar and chip. It is more commonly used in the countryside and what they do is level out your driveway. Spread a layer of tar over it, then a layer of chippings, which are sort of like pea gravel, then take a roller over it. Spread another layer of tar and then chippings, and roll it again. There is no maintenance to this and should last quite a while.
To tarmac/asphalt our driveway would have cost $21,000 and we would have never been able to afford that.
So my head has been pounding over spending this money for the driveway and my car breaking down all at the same time. We are in a huge belt tightening mode now, so I'm afraid don't come to me looking to borrow money...........we don't have any!!!!