The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Saving Money Can Be Expensive

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The new air-conditioning system has now been installed. We were thoroughly pleased with MacKay Advanced Energies and how quick they were to respond to our request. We received a quote the day after we called and the new system was installed two days after that. With the extreme heat settling upon practically all of North America, we were sure we wouldn’t get the new system until closer to the Fall. Naturally, we were extremely surprised at how quickly we got results. Couldn’t have been more pleased.

After a great deal of discussion about the old air-conditioner that was original to this house, we decided to proceed now with a new system in order to relieve any stress or worries of what might happen down the road. We both knew the older unit was on its way out and as it turns out, we were advised that it’s too large for this house. This newer unit would be 40% more efficient and would save us money down the road. All good news as far as we were concerned. It was a no brainer that we go ahead and purchase the new unit now and at least enjoy the rest of the summer without worries.

Our decision was going to be an expensive one. That, we both knew going into this whole affair. We both also realized that the older unit was throwing money to the wind and the newer unit would at least put it back into our pockets. Along with just having a new deck built this past Spring we now had another debt hanging over our heads. When we decided to have the new deck built we both knew we would have it paid for within a year or so and certainly didn’t count on the air-conditioner going on the fritz. Pay now or pay later, we had very little options on what to do and thus the decision was made – add a bit more debt now rather than later. The longer we wait the more expensive things can get.

Nat and I have been relatively successful in saving a few dollars for our trip to Britain. We’ve paid for a few things in advance and am now able to put any excess dollars aside for spending money. This trip we’ll be staying in London for one day and I’m looking forward to at least buying some little souvenir from that City before we head north to Newcastle. I’m a huge fan of “all things British” – the countryside, the castles, the food, the people, and above all, the shopping. It goes without saying that I, at least, will need shopping dollars but with the expenses cropping up around home it’s going to be a bit tricky, but for those who know me, somehow I’ll find a way.

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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