I did it again. I disappeared for weeks on end. During my time away I managed to spend almost $3000.
Due to a combination of poor quality and lack of maintenance the compressor wore out on our central air conditioner. It was kind of funny, because I had just scheduled a company to come out and do some routine maintenance on it in two weeks. I knew my fiancé had never had anything done since he purchased the home in 2008. I had a schedule at my home. Every two years I had routine maintenance done on the AC and furnace.
I always thought that my lack of knowledge on how to keep up a house was due to living in apartments all my life. Turns out, it really is up to parents to teach their kids these things. My fiancé grew up in a house, he regularly did chores, but no one bothered to teach him why they were important. He never made the correlation between taking a hose to the AC as a kid and regular maintenance of the unit.
We endured a week of 85-91 degree temperatures and we were miserable. Now its 95-100 and we are very happy that we halved our savings.