So we have two cars that are currently “under the weather.” One has numerous transmission issues, and still resides in a Lee Miles Transmission in a big city far far away, while the other lies sleeping in our driveway, unable to start. It’s either the battery or the alternator, so we chose to buy a new battery hoping that will fix the problem.

Now we compacted not to spend money on new items, with the exception of food, medicine and sanitary items, a promise we’ve kept so far. The transmission has been rebuilt (which sadly only had a 1 year warranty on it!) and we could have gone to a junkyard to get a used battery, but we made the exception to get it new. We cannot afford for our cars to have more problems. It’s penny-smart and pound-foolish to buy a used battery when we are having serious car problems, and serious money problems.