Monday, January 24, 2011

all shook up

I'm not sure why, but whenever life throws a big expense my way, especially one I'm less-than-thrilled to have, I tend to break that amount down into pedicures. How many weeks of pretty toes could I have for this balance? While I'm not getting many pedicures these days, this is one luxury I long for.
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So, take this morning for instance, which began with a visit to the dentist for two new fillings. Not only did I leave the office with no feeling in half my face and smiling like Elvis...
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but out a fat wad of cash.
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Enough to pay for...
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Two fillings = 25 pedicures...where is the justice is that?!?

Please help me to feel better--what was your latest 'inconvenient expense' and if you could spend that money somewhere else, what would it equate?

29 comments:

Nina said...

$650 in necessary-but-not-urgent car repairs (including a new front axel that I WHOMPED and screwed up less than a week later) ... that's 43.3333333 trips to eat out at a restaurant, giving myself $15 for food and tip!! (I love eating out. Anywhere.)

It was tough enough for me to fork over money for repairs when my car was still running ok. I am trying to be responsible and prepare ahead. But ... that's a lot of sandwiches.

Claire said...

so sorry for the dental work :(
for me, every weekly shop - just think how much cool artwork and beautiful jewellery i could buy from etsy???

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh Nina---my heart, and stomach, go out to you.

It was the same way with my filling...my teeth were still working ok before it!

suzanne cabrera said...

Claire--I recently started extreme couponing...well, not so extreme, but couponing nevertheless...and that has made grocery shopping a little more bearable here.

Check out this video...it will give you some inspiration!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQTqZlMTJME

decorativity said...

How depressing! I want a pedi but won't justify that purchase until it gets warmer and my toes can see the light of day. My latest un-fun expense was a tiny staple in 1 of my tires, in just the exact place that they couldn't patch it. So, I had to get a whole new tire :-/

Em said...
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Em said...

I decided to be briefer:

Dental work.

suzanne cabrera said...

Em--that's terrible!!!!! Oh, I feel like buying YOU a pedicure!

Carla--I'm pretty sure I'm in the same boat...just a matter of having it confirmed at the tire place :(

decorativity said...

Oh no! Well I just tried to tell myself that now at least 1 of my tires is exceptionally nice :-/

Jen Appel said...

Ouf dentist - still in avoidance mode on that one.

Friday I rewarded myself to a trip to Ikea to get frames. I also bought two 1.49$ candle holders. Super cute, nice, clean and very modern.

Those little suckers kicked off a full-blown clean attack - first clearing off the dining room table of art stuff, then the neighbouring bookcases, now the filing. Next the shred pile/mountain, ...

Beware of 1.49$ candle holders!

Genine said...

I have to start by saying i would pay this again if needed and did so without hesitation but... 1 dog plus 1/2 bottle of rymadil plus result of said bottle in one month..... $2400. Let's just say my toes do not look good :)

MoolyBee said...

How about a washing machine mal(no fun)ction that left me with a soggy utility/mud room, garage floor AND bedroom closet?!!!

$229 later, I will not be buying the new font sets I had my heart set on. sigh. Henparty, Coquette and Bianca will have to wait. At least it's a freelance check month!

Genine said...

by the time all of us has paid off each of our expenses we'll be our own best pedicurist :)

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh...I don't know if this post was a good idea or not. Y'all's expenses feel like my expenses...painful, painful!

Genine--I hope your pup is feeling better!!!!

Jen--It's AMAZING the impact little things like this can have. I know I feel the same way once I light a good smelling candle...want to get everything perfect to match!

suzanne cabrera said...

MoolyBee--aarrrgggg. New fonts would be waaaaay better.

amongthechimneypots said...

Urgh, in the next few months I have to pay: £300 for a wire from the front door up to my flat; £400 for replastering a cracked sloping ceiling; £600 for my share of chimney repairs. I'm not even going to THINK about how many pretty things I could have got for that! The perils of owning a 200 year old property.

melissa said...

Vet bill = 30 tall chai lattes

AshleyRae said...

$2,000 on dental work... *sigh* 2 root canals and 2 crowns... that is rent & utilities for a month! not to mention a ton of art supplies :) I hope you are feeling better!

DeVona said...

Well, have some major bills due, like town taxes, and credit card bills, but whenever I have spare money, I buy flowers, especially flower bulbs, more specifically, daffodil bulbs!

studioaeo said...

2 Crowns & 1 mouth guard for my husband and I = $925.00. 38 Friday nights at the movies. ; (

Chel said...

$500 on the septic system. Washi tape is about $3 a roll. So that's 166 rolls of pretty tape. (yes, I am obsessed...)

Amber Snipes said...

I have to take my dog to daycare. Every day. He has separation anxiety and flooded my house last year. $355 a month!

imagine:joy said...

Your post is so timely! By my calculations... $720 to the ER and burn clinic (for a cooking mishap that involved crab cakes and a pan of sizzling hot oil) could have bought me about 21 tanks of gas. :-/

martinealison said...

Je viens de changer la courroie de distribution de ma voiture et grrrrr j'aurais pu en acheter des tubes de peinture!
Bisous

no way said...

Allow me to jump in here...a leaking roof (AGAIN!) over our dining room. This is our second winter here, and the second leak in said time, in the EXACT same room (different place, though) that we paid a small fortune to have professionally painted when we moved in. (Insert string of swear words here.) Options include building a peak on the roof (this section of the house is flat-our house is apparently mid-century modern-you would know for sure, Suzanne) or building an addition with two new bedrooms over this part of the house ($$$$$) or just resurfacing the roof. We ended up going with the last option since it's the cheapest for the time being. HOWEVER-since it's so snowy and icy here, he can't do it until it warms up, so I can just keep torturing myself by staring at the crack in the ceiling and fretting about it in the meantime!

Aaaahhhh....thanks Suzanne, for letting me vent a bit. Hope the teeth are feeling better. A face that is is frozen with novocaine is sort of funny, you have to admit. The only funny part of dental work, actually.

no way said...

I could buy a really nice lens for my camera AND that new large format Moleskine sketchbook I've had my eye on for that money...and probably still have some $$ left to spare. Sigh......

Wendee said...

Geh! Last fall, after spending over $3000 in car repairs, within three days of getting my car back, it overheated in rush hour traffic on the way to school and needed to be towed ~20 miles ("Oh yeah, it's *possible* that we should have noticed the hoses were bad when we replaced the ...") And one of my rims fell off, too.

Whatever the cost of the tow, new hoses, cancelled class and replacement rim was/is, it pales in comparison to the number of brain cells in my head that just keeled over that day.

The initial car bill of $3k could buy four of those Eames splints that you know I swoon over but could never imagine saving enough to get. FOUR. http://eamesgallery.com/cart/detail_prod.php?id=273

suzanne cabrera said...

Ahhhhhhh!!!! This is too depressing!!!!

Wendee said...

LOL. With all of you, not at you. You kinda' have to laugh at this point, huh?