falling apart

recently the exhaust fell off from the catalytic converter on back (basically, i lost the muffler and tailpipe).

then on saturday the battery died (but only AFTER i had loaded it up with fishing equipment and the canoe on top).

it needs a brake job.

the tires are slightly larger than stock so at highway speeds i have to downshift to go uphill, drive against the wind or gain any sort of speed (even the smallest amount of speed gaining is a day-long process w/o a major downshift).

why am i a jeep guy?

because i’m convinced it’s worth it.

thanks to dave ramsey, these repairs didn’t break us. our auto emergency fund enabled us to buy a high quality battery and stainless steel exhaust.

in fact, i’m listening to dave ramsey’s podcast right now and he’s explaining how rich people get rich.

apparently a study has shown, rich people spend money on expensive, quality stuff that will LAST and they KEEP for long periods of time.

poor people buy things that are cheap and provide immediate but fleeting pleasure.

here’s what we spent:

1. optima battery – $212.18

2. banks monster exhaust – $338.86

these two purchases (the exhaust is technically multiple parts of a system and not just one part) total $551.04.

these two purchases could have cost $50 for a replacement battery and maybe as low as $30 for a temporary fix on the old exhaust. this totals $80 dollars that i would have to spend over countless times in the lift of the jeep.

the upgraded battery and exhaust will most likely never have to be replaced (bar a major collision or act of God).

dave ramsey explains that this is how rich people got rich.

this relieves my stress levels by about a hundred. i had been feeling guilty for buying top notch stuff. yeah, i know it pays to spend $100 once than $1 a thousand times. but that didn’t make me feel any better about using all of our auto emergency fund on these things.

but, as is normal after listening to mr. ramsey, it’s so obvious.

plus… i got some sweet jeep parts. and thanks to sarah’s hand to hand combat tactics at best buy, i now have a replacement camera with image stabilization to take pictures of some some jeep jobs.

this blog just got a bit more image-active and a whole lot cooler.

i hope.

stay tuned to find out.

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1 Comment »

  1. DEBTective Said:

    Sorry that the bad breaks are hitting you bub, but I’m proud of you for having the emergency fund in place for when Murphy hits. Hope the battery doesn’t give you more problems, and enjoy the fishing time. Thanks for spreading the word about Dave Ramsey, too. Here’s looking at you, kid.


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