So my biggest savings this week is going to be preceded by a little, laughable what I call Life Unscripted moment that occurred last week. My son's bus stop is located at the end of our little dirt road. We could walk to it but the dirt here is very interesting. I am not sure if it is sand, or clay or what but it seems to really stick to anything it can, so I usually drive him so he stays clean, plus it has been cold anyway. Well early last week I just threw my bathrobe on over top of my night shirt put on flip flops and drove my son to the bus stop. I guess I forgot to turn the key off while we were sitting, so the lights on my car were running while the car engine was turned off. Can you guess what event this might trigger? That is right, my car wouldn't start. We only sat for five minutes maybe but my car would not start. The battery was D_E_A_D! that fast. I did remember to take my cell phone. I try my husband first, best friend second, and my nephew last.
No answer from anyone at first, and I sure don't have a set of jumper cables. They went missing a couple months ago. I decide to sit there, I am not getting out of the car and walking up the dirt lane in my bathrobe for all the neighbors to see to get to my house. I call my insurance company only to find out the agent did not add the roadside assistance that I had requested be added to my policy. No help there. Finally my nephew responds ( I mean come on he lives with me) He does have jumper cables, and he comes and gives me a jump...while laughing at my bathrobe dilemma. Needless to say...MJ learned to get dressed before she takes her son to the bus stop each and every morning...NO EXCUSES!!!
That being shared. My nephew looked at my battery and it had a 10/12 sticker on it. He said that sometimes batteries carry a warranty for five years or more that I might be able to get it replaced for free if I could figure out where it came from. I Googled the brand and found out that Advance Auto is the only retailer that carries it. While out doing my errands on Friday I finally stopped into Advance Auto. My battery did in fact give a reading that it needed to be replaced. It had a three year warranty, so I was in range to have it replaced. I had no receipt for purchasing the battery (I am not the one who purchased it anyway, it came with the car last year) The guy did a search in his computer, and it was clear by the date on the battery that it should still be under warranty. He made me a new receipt under my name, and replaced the battery for me for a savings of a whopping $168.99.!!! I feel really blessed, I had no idea that a battery had a warranty.
That was not the only blessing I received this week. I got a surprise package in the mail from a wonderful reader and now have some beautiful pieces to add to my Christmas decor, and it definitely brightened my spirits.
The table runner, handmade knitted cloths (so soft) (my son says they are too pretty and soft to use he doesn't want to get them dirty...LOL) and a Christmas ball filled with candy. This was from a lovely, wonderful, and may I say talented reader, who was kind enough to share some of her hard work and talent with my family. It really really touched my heart. I have made some wonderful friends here on this blog. I really may have to copy cat the candy filled Christmas ball as little giveaways! She shared with me that the ornaments were purchased at Walmart for .97. You fill them with whatever fits through the opening. (I hope it was okay that I share about this)
We have one outside dog, and while i place him in the shed to sleep alot of times, there have been times that the weather changes and we are not home. We had been trying to find an affordable shelter solution for him, and thankfully on a Facebook yard sale type of site we found this. It was $5.00. We were definitely able to afford that! (excuse the Yorkie doing the photo bomb...he is not the outside dog.)
It was for ladies, so I got to go out and fellowship with other ladies. It was very nice. I will be sharing more about the night later this week.
This week we have also been making a few things for Christmas to give as gifts. I will share about that later this week too.
Do you have alot going on this week?