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Funny DH cheapache!

October 18th, 2012 at 01:42 pm

This is a funny one. My hubby sometimes turns notoriously cheap, hence I had to make up a new word for him as in, he's giving me a "cheapache."

Usually he only gives me one when we're spending on something unfun or for the house.

Yesterday, a friend called from the junkyard asking if we wanted the bumper off of a Honda there. Our Honda is a 1997 hatchback. We were rear-ended by an uninsured driver after a ski trip maybe 6 years ago, and hubby didn't want to pay to repair the damage to the rear bumper. It looks like a shark took the bite out of one side. I agreed, because I just found out I was pregnant AND with 200k miles on it, I thought the car would die any second.

So yeah... I said yes on the new (used) bumper, at $43. My hubby protested, saying "can't we get one cheaper? We should skip it and just save the money."

Um yeah, a cheaper bumper than $43?? I'll let you guys chuckle quietly at that one. The car, still alive and well, now has 225k miles on it and clearly is not dying any time soon.

I said yes to the bumper, rolling my eyes. Later, Hubby said he refused to *pay* to put it on, so with the help of the Haynes repair manual from the library, I SHOULD DO IT. Like how he decides to be cheap and that means I have to figure out how to replace a car bumper while he stands over me scratching his head!?!?! I thought that was funny.

(as a sidenote, Hubby is not handy. I have fixed every house issue and hung every shelf in our 11 years together. the irony? He says we live in a specialist economy, and he is a specialist, so he is supposed to earn enough to 'pay' another specialist to take care of everything else. Um yeah. No one is paying me to be the handywife!! Funny, I know).

Anyway, I said sure, I'll try. I got an auto repair manual out of the library. It looks easy, which means it won't be, but it should be an adventure. Wish me luck!!

In other news,
I also saw this article and thought it was insightful:

10 Responses to “Funny DH cheapache!”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Great article; I posted to my Facebook page! As a reminder to myself as well as to help others. Smile

  2. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    I'll be interested to see how this goes. . . I have a similar dilemma with my older car - front bumper was damaged 5 years ago and I hate the way it looks - my car also has over 200k miles and isn't looking to die anytime soon. Repair estimates put it in the neighborhood of $500 (5 years ago) but Mr H didn't want to pay for it. It's been a sore spot for me for a lot of reasons and I'd love to fix it. . .

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    I'd check around for someone to put it on cheap. What about the friend you're buying it from?
    'Course it might be just a few bolts?? If so - you GO girl!! Big Grin

  4. M E 2 Says:

    AMEN to your comment that it "looks easy" which means it won't be. That is always the way that goes.

  5. baselle Says:

    Good luck, and remember that no specialist worth her/his salt ever does their specialized task for free.

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I got the Haynes manual from the library. Looks like it's 8 bolts to take it off and put it on, so it's worth a shot!! Should be an adventure.

  7. Monkey Mama Says:


    I make it a rule to never fix my car, because then it only gets hit again. There is a rule out there that my car will *always* have a dent. Though certain cars seem to have worse karma. My first car kept getting rear ended over and over and over - I was even hit while paying at a parking garage. Rolleyes (I share this for Petunia - ha! - save the money). That said, if you have to take the risk, $43 is not a bad deal. Big Grin Good Luck with the DIY!

  8. Ima saver Says:

    I am so glad that I am married to a handy man that can do just about anything!
    Note to Monkey Mama, I have never had a ding on any car I have owned in 35 years!

  9. ThriftoRama Says:

    If I could change one thing about DH, I'd make him handy. Okay two. I'd make him stop snoring all night. But alas, I can't so it all falls to me.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Insurance wouldn't cover the new bumper? Oh wait, this happened a while ago, right... and it was probably less than the deductible. Well, if you DO put it on yourself, and he is watching you, befuddled, please take a video of it. That would lead to a chuckle or six. Wink Jerry

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