July has been an expensive month.

For the past year I’ve been talking about how happy I’d be to get rid of my phone again, and just use an iPad for communications, like I did six years ago.  My mentality was, if someone can’t get ahold of me when I’m out of the house, maybe that’s not the worst thing in the world.

Things have changed a lot since then.  Now I have a house. I’m married. I have a daughter. I also have/had a very unreliable car.  I’ve grown very dependant on my iPhone.  My 5s has served me well over the past three years.  I didn’t plan on upgrading for at least another two years.

Then this happened:

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I’m guessing the battery started to swell, and started to lift the screen off the phone.  Everyday over the past week it would force restart itself several times a day, and would get very hot.  It got to the point where I was worried it may explode, or just die and put me in a very awkward situation should my car break down during rush hour.

Luckily, the screen was still good, and my provider was happy to offer me a discount on a Red iPhone 7.  After all the rebates, and the fees, I ended up spending about $13, which I think is the best deal I ever got on a new phone. 7144E95A-0B80-4394-9878-359AA8706DAEI wasn’t keen on signing a new contract, but it had to be done.  It was a necessary expense.  Then the car started to sputter out.  I was spending about $300 a month on repairs, and finally had enough.  I figured it was time to let it die a natural car death rather than pay the additional $2600 to complete the remaining repairs.

It seemed to have just enough life in it to get me to a near by dealership where I was able to test drive and buy the Ford Escape I had been eyeing up for a few weeks.

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Again, more money than I wanted to spend, but a necessary expense.  I was hoping the old car would have lasted me at least one more year, but to pay $2600 and then another $300 a month for the next year, I may as well just buy a new car.

Either way, I just had to make two purchases I didn’t want to make for another year, and now I get to pay my home insurance and renew my driver’s license in a couple days.  I think I’m going to need to start putting content on my Patreon to cover these expenses.

Still, I’m looking on the bright side: At least I have a phone that will work should the Escape get stuck in the snow this winter…plus, the heated seats will keep me warm until the tow truck gets there.

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