Friends, it never fails. Just when you think you are getting ahead something unexpected comes along. Take last night for instance. My son comes home around 8:30 pm and walks in to the kitchen. As soon as he closed the door I heard a bang in the garage. Well, upon investigation we discovered that the garage door cable snapped. This happened several months ago and we had it replaced then.

So my immediate job was to find someone to come and repair it on the weekend. That sounds basic enough but it was not easy. Many garage repair shops do not have weekend hours. If they come out in the evening or on weekends you pay quite a bit more. Just getting someone on the phone was hard enough.

Friends, it never fails. Just when you think you are getting ahead something unexpected comes along. Take last night for instance. My son comes home around 8:30 pm and walks in to the kitchen. As soon as he closed the door I heard a bang in the garage. Well, upon investigation we discovered that the garage door cable snapped. This happened several months ago and we had it replaced then.

So my immediate job was to find someone to come and repair it on the weekend. That sounds basic enough but it was not easy. Many garage repair shops do not have weekend hours. If they come out in the evening or on weekends you pay quite a bit more. Just getting someone on the phone was hard enough.

I tried to schedule someone for early this morning but that was not doable. Of, course there is a fee for the service call above and beyond what the repair price will be. I have a feeling that the door is beyond repair and will need to be replaced. This is at least the 6th or 7th time I have had the garage door repaired in the last 6 years. The day after we moved into this house the springs broke. A nice housewarming surprise.

Repairs like this always come at the worst time it seems. We just paid summer tuition for our sons classes at OSU and we are getting ready to go on a long overdue vacation. To help manage these unexpected expenses we try to keep a separate fund in our savings account. If that is not doable another option is to have a specific low interest credit card to fall back on. That way when life throws you these unexpected little surprises you are prepared. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady