Between a root canal, a replacement porcelein crown after the root canal, an emergency clutch replacement in my pick-up truck and various and assorted things that needed to be replaced on my Harley (wear & tear items, including lifters, at 25,000 miles) just to keep it running and on the road, the fiirst 6 months of 2006 cost me just over $5,000
in unplanned, out of pocket (mostly cash) expenses.
My savings is drained empty, my pockets are turned inside out, and I'm eating at a friend's house every night.
But little Ginger kitty? She has no idea what I've spent this year. She happily eats her high quality dry, goes to the vet regularly, plays with her hundreds of toys, and I get NO sympathy!
It seems to have been an unexpected expense year for lots and lots of folks I know. At least we know we aren't alone in feeling the pain!