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The mystery of plumbing and why $2 is a good investment

Do you want to absolutely confound me? Talk technical to me.

Our town’s municipal utility informed hubby and I the other day that we have a malfunctioning water meter and that they would drop by sometime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday to take a look at it. (I love the two-hour time frame … but God love the repair guy, he was at my house by 2:30 p.m.) While the repair guy and I have no clue what fried the meter (I’m blaming it on the Cat … it seems like something diabolical that he would do), he did give me some information about an program that the utility offers to “insure” the plumbing that is directly connected to said meter, goes out into our yard and hooks up to the water main. If something happens to the water main, that’s the city’s problem and expense. If anything happens in the 15 feet between the main and our house? We’re looking at some pretty spendy plumbing bills. The program is $1.99 a month and is tacked onto our bill.

Hubby and I had a short email conversation about the program when I got home from consorting with the utility guy. We’re probably going to go for the program. It’s going to be $24 a year for this protection and if we live in the house 20 years, that will be over $475 spent on this. That’s still a heck of a lot cheaper than paying $3,000 to $4,000 if some plumber has to dig up my front yard. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I’m willing to spend this kind of money.


Apologies for the recent absence. One of the wedding gifts hubby and I received when we were married in April was a stay at a friend’s cabin up in Northern Wisconsin. It. Was. Incredible. We got there on Saturday night and returned on Tuesday – I think we encountered about five people while we were there. The solitude did a lot to restore my frazzled nerves. It also gave Hubby and I a lot of time to talk. Of course, finances was one of the issues that came up. Our future and potential kids were other topics (another one of our dear friends recently announced their pregnancy – nothing says ticking time clock hormones like seeing one of your best friend’s ultrasound pictures.).

All in all, it was just a great, frugal weekend – I brought some groceries along with so we could cook in the cabin and to be honest – when you have a view like this …


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3 thoughts on “The mystery of plumbing and why $2 is a good investment

  1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I’m learning that at the moment as I’m getting a second crown put on my tooth. Why? Because I was too foolish to go in for a simple filling 4 years ago!

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