We’ve been pretty good about keeping big expenses low for a few months. Then, all of a sudden, new BIG needs/wants spring up.
1) Replace Car #1- $25,000+? This would replace Car #1 which needs some costly repairs. We’re not sure it’s worth it.
2) Swim Lessons – $300 to $500? We need private lessons for special needs kiddos. $39 per lesson — yikes — but I’m shopping around.
3) NEW! Smartphones – $650 (?) for two. Our phones are crapping out. I am willing to go with something in the $200 range but I think my husband would prefer something higher-end like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or S6. The lowest price I’ve seen for the S5 is $400.
UPDATE: I think I’d rather pay closer to $100 and no more than $150 for a phone. Smartphone prices are crazy!
4) NEW! Lawyer – $5,000 – This is a wild guess. I assume a first-time consultation is free but we would need time/expertise to create a special needs trust and wills.
5) Apple software program – I know my husband wants to get a new program. No idea of cost. I’m including this at #5 because he’s been complaining about his current program for weeks.
6) Car #2 We spent $584.85 in 2015 for repairs. More repairs are probably needed this year.
7) Foam mattress – $2,000 – This has been on the “hard choices” list for a long time. Now I want a new bed frame, too. UPDATE: $600-700 – I looked into reader suggestions and have discovered a lot of quality mattresses that cost much less than the $2,000! It looks this might move up the list.
8) NEW! Bed frame – $551 – We still haven’t upgraded our 10+ year old mattress but now I want a new bed frame, too. I like a simple, modern style like one in the photo (left). For the frame only, it’s $551. Headboard is sold separately. I’m happy with our headboard but not sure how it will look with a new bed frame. Lifestyle inflation at work!
Since my last report, I’ve gotten retainer replacement ($400) and hub caps on Car #2 ($70).
What big items are on your wish list? What would you prioritize if you were me?