Monetary Karma

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Let me know if you have ever been in this position...

By some stroke of fortune, luck, planning, or whatever you come into a decent sum of money. Say a tax return or an unexpected gift or hopefull for many of us crypto gains. Then, almost as suddenly something with your car, house, whatever breaks and you are suddenly faced with a similarly large expense.

I am sure it isn't the case, but I honestly feel like this happens to be every single time.

It is almost like the universe has some form of monetary karma that dictates your finances need to maintain a certain level of equilibrium. I've gotta believe I am not the only one this impacts, but many times it feels like I am.

In a round about way it reminds me of Jurassic Park. I always remember the quote about "life finding a way" and it makes me relize the universe is seemingly always going to find a way to reach some kind of balance. Perhaps other peoples balance happens suddenly in one fell swoop whereas mine happens gradually over the course of time.

Here are a couple perfect examples of what I am talking about...

Again, no secret that thanks to some smart crypto moves I was able to eliminate my outstanding debt. Perfect! Time to start finally building up my savings account so I can have some emergency money.

My truck on the other hand has other plans. I knew the brakes were getting close to needing to be replaced, but right before one of our biggest trips of the summer, I am no longer able to put those repairs off any longer.

I had a feeling it was going to be expensive, but the final cost was a bit more than I was planning. New brakes, rotors, calipers, it all adds up. Plus since my truck has over 100k miles on it I wanted them to give it a good once over to ensure it runs well for years/miles to come.

$2100 later I am rolling down the street in a safe and reliable truck.

It was necessary, but it still kind of stings...

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Then there's this...

This weekend we were getting hit with some pretty excessive rain in my region of the country. Close to three inches of rain over a two to three day period. During one of the breaks in the weather my wife and I were out loading the trailer for our next camping trip.

That is when my wife noticed there was some obvious water damage down the one side of the trailer. I climbed up a ladder in the rain and noticed this gap due to "sun rot". I have a feeling it was there for a while becuase the wood in a six inch square surrounding the caulking feels pretty brittle.

I seeled the gaps, but long story short I am likely looking at some pretty significant roof repairs in the future. At $325 per linear foot I could be dealing with a bill in the $5000 to $10,000 range depending on how extensive the damage is.

All of that extra money that should be going into savings is now unexpectedly diverted elsewhere.

See what I mean about equalibrium?

I am curious, do you experience this sort of thing? Everytime? Only occassionally?

Let me know in the comments.

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Breaks always arrive in two's or three's, normally one thing leads to the next within a week or two, regularly!

Every time you think you have a little extra something will eat it away, fret not this happens here as well!

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It makes me feel a little better to know it isn't just me, but I definitely don't want to say it makes me happy. I hate to think that others have to suffer through this cosmic balancing act!

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We made a joke the old scrap truck went was waiting down the road to call-out "scrap metal", normally after fridge, microwave, TV or other implements went to the blitz/fritz! No I know that feeling when you stretch each penny to make it count.

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every moment sr, for example i sell all my doge at 0.01 and 0.05 and 1 months after this go to $0.80 i feel sad.
the other o bought a lot of cub at $3.00 each one and then uses 7500 hive to do this at $0.16 hives and than the cub come to US$0.50 and the hive went to US$0.80
and i think what a hell happens with me the universe, god, the nature mother, all do not give me the oportunity to get the liberty financial that i need, damm.
i understand you man how do you feel.
sorry for you and for me.
but here we are.

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Wow, that does suck! Hopefully things turn around for all of us soon! Like you said, here we are, so all we can do is move forward!

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Yep had a trading account that I forgot about. It had 2 grand in it. Was a nice notice to get.

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Did you end up with a big expense right after that, or did it balance out some losses you had taken earlier?

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Well yes sometimes everything is going quite well then some bad things happen. Either way things just don't always go well and we have to deal with the unexpected.

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Yeah, I guess it is all part of life. It just seems so deflating sometimes.

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Oh I feel for you guys, that sucks! (understatement!)
I do recognize the feeling though, can't sum up the examples exactly but for years and years (maybe I had 7 years of bad luck?) I can't remember anything else than knowing we'd be in better financial positions soon, all figured out, and then shit hit the fan again. Whatever that may have been, it was always 1 step forward, 2 steps back.. not fun at all!

hopefully, another "lucky amount" pops up to cover this :)

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Yes, I hope that is the case as well! I totally hear you about the one step forward two steps back thing!

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I once had one of those blows and I spent it all on myself, and now I regret it very much.

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I am sorry to hear that. Hopefully things turn around for you and you can recover from it.

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You're not alone, seems to happen for me as soon as I realize I need to save everything I earn. Bad part of life, one thing breaks and you fix it, then another problem arises.

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Ohh yes for sure not just you
We spent a bit getting our house and yard setup as we wanted it after we moved in last year and then settled into a retirement budget, only to have a couple of issues with the house, finding the people that did the flip cheaped out on the insulation and problems with the AC unit and hence unexpected expenses

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Ugh! That totally sucks. I've been in that position too. My wife and I just did a small reno in our bathroom. Took out a medicine cabinet and put up a mirror. Turned into a much bigger job because the previous owner had cut through the studs!

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What I usually see is balance.

I recall the time when I was "skint" (as they say in England) and something told me to check the closets to see if there was anything I could sell.

Under a layer of clothes, I found $200! Turns out I had hidden it there after going to the convenience store late at night months earlier to avoid being robbed. (I had been followed by someone, and luckily plain-clothed police had noticed him following me and stopped him).

After that, I only carried enough on me to purchase what I needed. Needless to say, that money appeared just when I needed it the most! Wishing the same to you! :)

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That is awesome! It is great to hear that the stories go the other way too. I'd much rather hear about money popping up just when you need it versus expenses happening as soon as you get a windfall!

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It's like I'm reading "The story of my life".

Too many examples to even write them up, but I feel like I'm trying so damn hard to get my head above the water, and every time when I think that I'm there, there comes something around the corner to knock me down again. Gone are my little savings, gone is my crypto. And I have to stretch every penny again to make it count.

Really depressing.

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I am sorry to hear that! It seems that this is a common theme with many people unfortunately. Even more evidence that this whole monetary karma is actually a thing.

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