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Cars and Shoes & Accident PSA

August 5th, 2015 at 05:51 pm

Today I got to leave work a little early so that I could take my car in to have the oil changed. I also decided to have the front end aligned because I'd been noticing it pulling to the right a lot lately, and NE had mentioned it too.

So about 20 minutes after I got there they asked me to come back to the garage area so the mechanic could talk to me. Apparently there are 7 points? in the suspension/alignment throughout the car. Something called the Toe? and another one, and then something called the Custer. The Toe and the other one are the important ones that can be aligned. The Custer - nothing to do about it.

Somehow I hit a pot hole or something, and now my Custer is off by 7/8". He told me that there is no fix for it - it's just something that happens sometimes to small economy cars like my Yaris. He reassured me that it isn't a potential safety issue, and won't affect tire wear. He just wanted to make sure I understood why my car will still have a slight pull to the right.

Who knew alignment was so complicated? (I only had the front aligned, he said the back was fine.)

So that was $78. (19.99 for the oil change, $58 for the alignment)

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After the car was finished I headed to the mall to return my shoes.

You'll never guess what I did though. Smile

I got out of my car and powerwalked all the way to the entrance. I even held the door open for someone and started to go inside.

Then it hit me.

I don't have the shoes with me!

DOH!

My shoes were still in the car. Smile

I had no issues returning them. I'm going to let that money sit in the clothing category - may need to replace some underthings soon. Smile And they're not cheap. A good sale is 2 for $50 at Lane Bryant.

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I did stop at Taco Bell. I was very hungry and didn't plan that very well. For tomorrow when I go to the school event, I'm going to have something extra in my lunch box to snack on.

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I got both of my SBs Paypal cards today. So that was $50. $25 of it counts towards July (I waited til the 3rd to cash it out in order to get it at a discount) and the other $25 counts towards August. I'm about halfway to my next $25 card now. Smile

I also got paid for my second parking garage shift today. $29.xx

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I just need one more Pinecone survey to be able to cash out. Anyone else finding that the surveys aren't coming as often? Or crediting as quickly? The survey I got credit for today I took back in July.

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Recent news almost makes me hesitant to go to a movie theater anymore. Almost, but not totally. Hopefully there won't be any more copycats.

We had a sad crash here today around noon - I found out about it before it was even reported on the news. Someone called saying that two particular intersections were closed down because of a crash - they wanted to know what the detour would be.

I found out later that it was an incident involving a Chevy Tahoe and a 30 yo man on a scooter. Tahoe won. Frown

Please be aware of the motorized two wheelers around you! I always try to give them a wide berth and get extra looky loo before making any moves if I notice one near me. It can just happen too fast.

5 Responses to “Cars and Shoes & Accident PSA”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    A very mixed emotion kinda day! Good for you for taking care of the car..even if it wasn't 100% fixable...and for that powerwalk...X2- it all adds up Laura! Nice! Any vehicle + two wheeler accident always makes me sad...the end result is rarely a good one. XO to you friend!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ray.

    There's just entirely too many motorcycle/scooter, etc accidents. Makes me nervous knowing my brother goes out on dad's bike sometimes.

  3. SecretarySaving Says:

    Just curious if you'd looked into Crocs dress shoes?

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    LOL, AS and I had a similar "d'oh" moment last night. We headed out to buy some wood stain and were chatting away as we walked. Then she said "Is X hardware on 35th or 36th?" I said, "X hardware closes early, we're going to Y hardware." That was when I realized we were walking in the complete opposite direction, had less than half an hour before Y closed, and AS didn't have her bus pass on her! We hurried up to the right street, I grabbed a bus that was coming and AS power-walked toward the store. I bought the stain and a paintbrush and was outside the store zipping up my backpack when she finally caught up, 5 minutes before the store closed. So silly. But we got exercise (especially AS)!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    SS - No, I haven't. I didn't know Crocs came in dress shoes.

    Ceejay - That is too funny! Smile

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