We had to take our 1996 Honda Civic in to the mechanic's this morning. Ruf drives it to work since it gets better gas mileage than our CRV. That, and since it's older, we don't mind putting the miles on it. Ruf said the brakes are squealing, and I couldn't find any paperwork saying that we'd had the brake pads replaced in recent years.
Thing is, we've been so hit with expenses since September, that we really can't afford an expensive car repair right now. With Christmas and 3 birthdays next month, we really need to watch our money.
The mechanic called and said our brakes are fine. It's just the weather that's making them squeal a bit. (Come to think of it, Ruf said that it only happens when he first starts driving, when the car is cold.) I said a quick prayer of thanks to God since I'd been praying about the cost of the repair.
Icing on the cake is that a $10 gift card to Kohl's showed up in our mail the other day. We get these periodically when they open a new store. I don't have to spend a certain amount of money to redeem it, so it's just $10 free.
It's important to give thanks for the big things and the little things.