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Hemorraghing money, 4 weeks til new baby arrives

October 17th, 2009 at 09:21 pm

Well, it's 4 weeks until my due date for Bean No. 2. I have been knocking some things off my to-do list, because even though it's hard to move with a big preggo belly, it's more impossible to get things done once you have a newborn keeping you up all night.

So, we've been spending way too much:
$300, unexpected brake repair on car
$130, new muffler for car
$60, replace broken belt on car (see a theme here?)
$300, installation of ceiling fans in kitchen, 2 kids rooms (converted from recessed light fixtures a la 1957).
$400, cost of fans for rooms

I still need to get oil changes and new wipers for both cars, replace the door between my kitchen and garage with something that will actually block the cold air (and pay to have it installed), and pay a plumber to reseat the toilet in our guest bath. We can't seem to get it right since we had a floating floor installed and the flange is slightly below floor level now-- and I can no longer pick up and move the toilet.

Note to everyone: my hubby is so not handy. I do all the home improvement projects (dad was an engineer...it rubbed off.). So when I can't physically do the work, it gets expensive.

Also, while the light fixtures were being converted to fan boxes, I realized there is no insulation above one of the bedrooms. That explains why it is so cold in there all the time. I have no idea why, as I can see the batts and the cellulose above the other rooms, but all I see if roof rafters and no insulation in this one room. I may have to pay someone to go put something up there, as this is Bean two's new bedroom, and you can't have a freezing newborn.

I am currently two round to fit into the attic access panel, and probably shouldn't be breathing or handling insulation at this late date.

So, money money everywhere!! It never seems to want to stay in my bank account.

4 Responses to “Hemorraghing money, 4 weeks til new baby arrives”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Could you keep bean 2 in your room for a few months until you're able to do the insulation yourself?

    I feel you on the car costs. Ugh.

  2. fern Says:

    Here in CT, the fire code requires that if you have a garage that's attached to the rest of the house that the door be fireproof, eg, metal, not wood.

  3. thriftorama Says:

    I think we have the same code, but no one seems to follow it. Our home inspector mentioned it. I am looking for a steel door, but am having no luck finding one to fit such a narrow opening.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Good luck getting everything done before the baby's arrival!!

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