My husband recently got out of the military after four years of service. We traveled around during that time to two different bases as needed. We have two children, so we were unable to really save up a lot of money. But we did make sure to save up a down payment so we could get our own house upon my husband’s military discharge. When we moved in, the heater didn’t work, so we immediately needed heating repair in Essex County NJ to get it working. It was the dead of winter, and it was not something that we could put off very long because it had been snowing a lot.
We decided that rather than going on the weekend trip we had planned, we would put our money toward getting heat in our home again. And it was a good wakeup call to us that we really needed to budget for repair work in our home long before we start taking off on overly long vacations! Still, we both wished that we had the ability to get away for the weekend, especially because we had a babysitter and we had not had even one day of time away from our kids for the last four years.
When the employee showed up at our new home to do the work, we both fretted about cost. But it the great news is that the tech only needed to flip a few switches, replace one small part, and voila! He was finished in a short amount of time. I was pretty impressed because I did not know what to expect. When he handed us the invoice, we found that he charged us only $100 to complete all of the work. That barely made a dent in our weekend getaway budget! So, thanks to the cash we saved, we decided to get away on an overnight trip instead. We had a great time, and it is thanks to not having a big repair bill!