One step forward, two steps back

Feeling a bit down today. I had been feeling great as First Utility had agreed to a huge rebate for all of the grief and stress they have given me over the past 6 months and it would be going in this week. Then the car developed a funny squeak. The garage said it was brake cable and back brakes and repaired it in Wednesday for £300. Never mind, I thought, I will still have enough for my Christmas fund and to pay off some bills. Then today it felt terrible to drive and was dragging me to the right as I drove to work. I dropped it straight at the garage thinking it must be a tracking issue. I have just heard it is too dangerous to drive and will cost me a further £380! I can’t believe it 🙁

At least I have the money. If it hadn’t been for the first Utility credit I would be stuffed.

I had to update this post to show you the damage. The mechanic wasn’t exaggerating when he said it was too dangerous to drive. The front of the car could have collapsed at any time! I am thankful that it didn’t and we are all safe!


So, back to small frugal steps…

The family always moan about crispy towels in my house. I actually quite like a crispy towel for a brisk rub down after my shower, but I think I am alone on that one!! A while ago I gave in and started to buy Aldi’s fabric softener. It didn’t seem to achieve much and the towels stayed crispy. I decided to try white vinegar as a softener instead to see what they thought. I have to say, it has left the towels a lot softer and there is not a hint of eau de vinegar about them! Vinegar is a wonderful thing. I use it for a lot of my cleaning  too. I bought about 6 bottles ages ago for about 60p each in Asda. I couldn’t find them the other day, so I need to find another source and stick up as I am nearly out. Cheaper than the big brand fabric softeners and more effective than a cheap one, that’s for sure.

imageStill loads of veg coming through. The tomato crop has been fabulous! Still loads of runner beans and chard too, with a steady supply of courgettes.

So we won’t starve even if my plans for the First Utility money have been scuppered! C’est la vie.

7 thoughts on “One step forward, two steps back

  1. Jane, don’t we just love cars?? We recently had a roaring noise in one tire, so found out it was a wheel bearing…$300. But the car is paid for and in great shape otherwise, so I guess I won’t complain.

  2. Cars always go wrong at the wrong times!!! Glad you’re safe and well as that pic looks very dangerous!!
    How much white wine vinegar do you use in your washing machine as thinking of giving it a go 🙂

  3. I used to use white vinegar and then the price went up. I now use bog standard brown, the cheapest available. It works fine and is so diluted it doesn’t stain.

  4. So sorry about the car. It’s lucky that it’s happened when you have the money, but gutting to have your hopes for it dashed like that. 🙁

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