Last week, as I mulled over my balance in my checkbook, I was excited to see that I had a nice tidy sum. (This was partially due to the fact I’ve been staying out of grocery stores. ) I patted myself on the back and called out to the universe...I have money!!!! Never say you have extra money out loud. Seriously. It will come back to bite you in the wallet.
At the same time I was patting myself on the back, my husband was taking our Pilot in for a routine oil change, safety and emissions inspection and windshield wipers(just for good measure). I had $150.00 already saved for this service (which was a lot more than was needed for the work) so I was pretty happy. Then the call came.
Apparently during the inspection, the steering wheel fluid was leaking because of a cracked rack and pinion gear box and it needed to be fixed or we would not pass inspection. We were given the option to have it ‘patched’ for $90.00, but there was a good chance it could crack and then the steering wheel would lose all power at any time. Since our children drive this car, it wasn’t an option. The repair (done the right way) would take hours of labor. Hours of labor = $$$$.
Yep, my nice tidy sum was gone in an instant, as well as a nice tidy sum from my emergency fund.
Moral of this story? Never, ever, let the universe know you have money. Just sayin…