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Yes it's going to be totaled

March 27th, 2017 at 02:57 pm

My minivan is too old and compromised to be fixed. It's off to the salvage yard later. Deployment of all drivers side airbags and the fact that I managed to bend both axles on impact with concrete median were the definitive factors contributing to its demise.

The other driver admitted fault. But begged and carried on asking us not to go to court because she can't afford the ticket. The state trooper told us he thought she shouldn't be driving. I'm still unhealthily hostile toward this woman because we could have been seriously injured or worse.

I'm now afraid to drive at all. I'm sore but finally head-ache free. Air bag sort of gave me a black eye. But my daughter is fine and in Cancun having a good time.

I think my car is totaled

March 24th, 2017 at 11:50 pm

My daughter and I were in an accident today. We were miraculously uninjured despite being clipped at 60 mph and going into the concrete median. All airbags on the drivers side were deployed. I think my car is totaled and I feel bad about it.

It's a 2010 Kia Sedona with 95,000 miles. I don't have any additional pics to show damage to side and front. But some of the missing car parts were still in the road.

Good news is we were hit by a swerving car that I tried to outrun before being hit. So people were behind her giving us enough space to not be pummeled. People were very kind and an Amtrak conductor on his way to union stopped traffic and we were able to get to the shoulder. Another woman stayed with us until my husband and state trooper got there.

My daughter's friend family was in a taxi on their way and picked my daughter up on the shoulder of the highway (she's off to Cancun). We were lucky. It could have been worse.

Mint or Personal Capital

March 19th, 2017 at 08:19 pm

Wondering if anyone here uses one or the other above?

I'm in need of an easier, stream-lined practice of accounting for spending and tracking. Excel spreadsheets and receipts are getting old, and I'm finally easing into efficient use of technology.

On the money-front, not much to report. Biggest outlays: $750 contribution to younger daughter's Cancun trip (she funded the airline and passport expense, plus has $250 of her own funds. We spent $450 two years ago when older daughter went on a trip)
$1,500 to high school #2
$1,000 to high school #1
$500 to grade school

Other than that, just moving forward.

But realizing the need to have better and easier spending accountability.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.