So the new furnace is warming my house, we have stuck a nail in the lost screw hole to fix the handle on the back door and are not thinking too much about the now totally broken garage door but are instead focussed on the snow begining to fall. John is busy staking the edges of his plow contract driveways and getting the plow out of the broken garage. Jake is supposed to go to a training pep rally for his Cutco sales job. I am still in my pj's close to noon and busy washing all the bedding because while there is no evidence of lice in our home someone in Isabelle's class has lice and that just makes me want to scrub down the whole house. I CAN NOT do another winter of lice.
Then Jake calls. He has a flat tire. And the spare is flat. So I guess we can't avoid buying a new tire. While we love our 300 I have to admit it has been a little more costly to maintain. The tires are performance tires and you pay for them. There is no $39.99 tire out there for this car. Luckily while I decided to add free towing to this car when I was worring for my insurnace agent last winter. Jake gave them a call to come get him while I made some calls to figure out where they should go.
Frugal Tip #3: Used Tires
At first I thought I had found a deal with a coupon for buy 1 get the 2nd for $10. Even with the $100 warranty you are required to buy with this deal it was still the cheapest tire I found. But then John gave me the number of the used tire place. Amazing deals, my tires for under $100! Considering I am usually amazed to find them under $200 for this car that blew my mind. 3 new (to us) tires later (we did have one good tire on the car) and a fresh tire on the spare, Jake is ready for winter driving. Well as ready as you can be with performance tires. The tire guy managed to mention that this car was terrible for winter driving about 2 or 3 times. We love it anyway.
What is amazing is how God has provided for all these expenses. We have savings for the first time in about 2 years! Even after all this it isn't tapped dry. AND, yesterday with the snow coming down we had calls from 3 plow clients that hadn't yet re-signed with us. One of them brought us 5 NEW CONTRACTS! That will more than cover the tires.
So we continue on excited to see what will happen next and how God will take care of it. Every step leads us closer to Him as we trust follow.
25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. "