We received the insurance settlement check for the car. It was decent, but would clearly require a lot of digging and a stroke of luck to make it work for a replacement.
Well, that stroke of luck finally found us. A relative was in the process of buying a new car and offered to sell us her old one for the settlement. The car is probably worth $1,500 more than what she sold it to us for and has a lot of years left on it. We are over the moon!
Having gotten the car problems out of the way for the time being, we received DH's year-end "extra" check he gets for any leftover personal or sick days (he is not allowed to carry them over). That money was enough to pay off the next credit card in line!! Look out Chase - there's only one more left and then you are history!! What a great way to end the year - knocking one more debt off the long list.
We are blessed.