Well, the second week of No Spend October was a total bomb.
The wood splitter (the mechanical one, not Paul) threw a belt so that was twenty bucks. And when Paul was fixing that he found a problem with the carburetor so that was another twenty.
Then when driving the truck, Paul noticed a plastic burning kind'a smell. Some switch in the dashboard that controls the lights was melting. We knew exactly what it was because the same thing happened a few years ago........although I don't recall it costing close to a hundred bucks for the little piece of plastic.
As if a hundred dollar molded piece of plastic wasn't an expensive enough outlay for the truck, one of the inside back tires got a flat. Normally Paul will patch a flat if it's a clean puncture, but unfortunately it was in the sidewall. Meaning it's not fixable. Off to the tire store for two new tires. At a hundred and eighty bucks per tire! And we didn't even get the really expensive ones. Technically it would be best if we got all six tires (it's a dually), but the others still have a bit of life in them and I just couldn't cough up eleven hundred bucks right now.
After shelling out all this cash for stuff, I got a bit depressed. So Paul took us out for Little Caesar's pizza. Yes, I understand the irony of curing a money-spending depression with spending more money. At five bucks a pizza it's not a bank buster, but I still felt like I cheated because it really wasn't necessary. But I didn't feel as guilty once we were were all chowing down. :)
Oh, and I picked up a bunch of apples for Rhiannon. We were out and I couldn't say "No". Try explaining to your toddler that she can't have any apples, not because they are unavailable or unaffordable, but because Mommy is trying to stick to a self-imposed budget of almost nothing just so she can prove something to herself and post about it on her blog.
So yeah, I bough the apples.
And here is my horribly spendy No Spend tally for NOS Week 2:
Truck light switch thingy, $96.90
Two tires for the truck, $359.10
Wood splitter parts, $40-something*
Pizza out, $10.60
Oh well. There's always next week, right?
*The "somethings" refer to the fact that I tossed the receipts in the trash before I wrote it down and didn't feel like digging through squirrel guts to get to them. Explanation of the rodent innards to follow shortly.