No bueno / pipe issue…

On the plus side I could’ve went on a crazy shopping spree and have this expense come up…Having our handyman / plumber fix this today. The problem is the roots from the trees in front of the house have gotten so deep and wrapped around the pipes that go into the sewage system. The bleach bottle is not there for dramatic effect, it was covering up the drainage hole so roaches wouldn’t enter the house. I saw about 8 roaches altogether enter the house through there since June (despite cleaning, traps, sprays)  and this was was working fine..

Not sure if I or my bf will be footing the bill. Hopefully it’s not too much.  It’s almost noon and I haven’t showered yet.ImageHope no one seeing this was about to eat…


Home Repairs…

Fortunately nothing too major, but could’ve been if left neglected for a prolonged period of time.

1. Gutters cleaned – no one wants water dripping in areas it doesn’t belong.
2. Roof work completed between the brick and shingles on the roof. If we got this fixed at the time the house was purchased it would run us $200.
3. Downstairs shower handle fixed. Couldn’t get hot water in the shower, only lukewarm. Obviously an issue when guests are over and we don’t want them using the shower next to our master bedroom.
4. Upstairs faucet leaking. Drip drop, about 2 times every second. The USGS has a neat little chart to show water usage. By estimates we were wasting 5-11 gallons of water a day and possibly increased energy usage by keeping the hot water heater turning on and off. Needed new o-rings, valves and handles.
5. Back door fixed. Neighbor had foundation work a few months ago and ever since then the door wouldn’t shut right.

What amazed me is the price our contractor charged. Only $400 total between parts and labor. Lots of others would have tried to charge us hundreds more. We will definitely have him do more work for us in the future.

Downpayment Complete

Got the $1500 of cash together. Closing in less than two weeks.  Really looking forward to not renting anymore.  The ants are coming back and the antiquated air conditioning unit has been running full blast so far this summer spring.

There are  some costs that moving is eliminating or going to reduce.

  1. Car Wash – Going to do this on my own instead of paying 12.50 each time.  I go on average once every 2 weeks.  Savings 25/mo or 300/yr.  Car Wash is pretty cheap stuff and lasts a few months.
  2. Washer / Dryer – Thanks to our friend’s practically brand-new appliance donation to us,  no longer paying money to Appliance Warehouse.  Savings 35/mo or 420/yr.
  3. Gas – We pay 35/mo for our gas-powered hot water heater and fireplace that barely gets used because it’s shut off by the complex half the time during the winter. Savings 35/mo or 420/yr.
  4. Phone – We are getting rid of our landline phone.  We pay for this phone only because it’s linked to the front gate to let people in.  Part of a triple pay package, the phone bill is 38.64 of the 137.21. Savings 463.68 a year.
By the power of the forces combined, saving 133 a month.  I expect our electricity bill to be 25% less too.  Ground level, new HVAC unit and more shaded area.

Planning to optimize my cell phone too if possible.  Paying 1200/yr, not in a contract and I don’t even have the latest iPhone.   AT&T, grandfathered into the unlimited data package, $20/mo for unlimited texting / mobile to mobile, 450 anytime minutes and a couple thousand rollover minutes I guarantee you I will never use. I use data more than anything and ATT constantly sends me messages about going over my usage and warning me that I may be throttled.  If I switch to Sprint I can save about 25/mo with a Corporate Discount.  Holding off there until the 5 comes out since 4S can’t use Sprint’s 4G network.

The last couple days we’ve spent a lot eating out with friends.  Some have expensive taste.  $12 for a drink, $15 for brunch and 20-30 for an entree.  Of course if we stay there a few hours we’re going to drink.  Then we went somewhere else and drank some more.  I enjoy getting out, but the money adds up real fast.  On my own I would probably never partake, at least not at my income level.

Out of my funk now, think I need to get used to doing things on my own that make me happy and doing things with people independent of my significant other. 🙂  Totally off-topic, just watched a Documentary called Fat Head that really shifts my whole approach toward losing weight and getting healthier.  Key points: The low fat, low calorie advice we’ve been given for the last few decades is wrong.  Excess carbs cause body inflammation and rising insulin levels which make it very difficult to lose body fat.  I went hardcore no fat in my diet a year intentionally and was in a complete mental fog and the crankiest I’ve ever been.  Some buttered toast and I was back to normal.

My point here is to tweak what you’re doing if it isn’t working for you.  Don’t just blindly follow anyone’s advice if it doesn’t feel right to you. I’ve done that before and gotten burned more times than I care to admit. :O