A year ago I decided to get a student loan for a car, it seemed a good idea at that time but I struggle now with adding car expenses to my budget now. Today I got a flat tire, I hit a curb trying to avoid some kids playing in the road. The impact of the curb on the side of my tires made a nasty hole right in the rubber. My tires were in bad condition. After some research, I found tires at Wal-Mart for $50.00 each. I went to my local Wal-Mart ready to buy 4 new tires. Wal-Mart gave me two quotes: $250 for 4 new tires installed and balanced and $315 for 4 new tires installed and balanced AND free lifetime balance and rotation. I declined the lifetime service as I am moving next year. Unfortunately, I had to put the $250 onto the credit card I just paid off! I’m not feeling good.
I’m working now on readjusting my driving habits. here is what I got so far. (more…)