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Another BIG Snowflake

July 16th, 2013 at 06:43 am

We met the minimum spending of $500 on my husband's Capital One Quicksilver card and earned $107.53 in rewards. The first statement has not even closed yet! I already redeemed an account statement credit and moved the money we would have sent in as a payment to the Snowflakes for Equity! Which now has a balance of $423.08 for July. Not bad. Not bad at all!

I do foresee quite a few expenses in the coming months: athletic shoes for the girls, school supplies, school fees, an oil change, and rental of a sod cutter for landscaping.

We also are considering a new bike for our daughter, an entertainment center for one of our tv's that is on a cheap $20 cart and looks plain goofy, and maybe a power washer. We live in more of a rural area, near a medium sized city, and boy do our vehicles get dirty. My husband is really into keeping cars clean, but at $6 to $10 a wash, I think we could actually save money if he washed our cars at home. The only way I could get him to do that is with a power washer, about $300. Men...and their toys. It would be more efficient. Definitely not a need. I'll grant you that one. But it just might be more economical considering the nearest car wash he'll consider using is more than ten minutes away.

My ebay items are out there, but not any bids or many watchers. I didn't do the best job of researching prices, so I may need to adjust next week if nothing sells. I do have a couple things I hope to get listed this evening, maybe I'll do better with my research tonight!

Anyone else have a power washer for their cars? Is this overkill, or does it seems like a good idea in our situation?

8 Responses to “Another BIG Snowflake”

  1. SecretarySaving Says:

    My daughters and I wash our cars. We bring out the vacuum with an extension cord and get after it. Most of the men on my street wash their cars.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I read somewhere that eBay is having an off time. I have been watching eBay thinking about posting, but wondering if it has lost is shine.

  3. IndianGal Says:

    I only take my car in occasionally for a wash. For the most part, I try to do it myself.

  4. snafu Says:

    Since our power washer was initially purchased to remove paint from a wooden deck and metal garage doors I was surprised you we considering it for regularly washing cars. I guess it will depend on how carefully it's done and angles. We've since done a long list of projects successfully but I'd never let DH use the power washer on any car. Too much risk that any unseen paint flaw could wreck the paint. What other projects would a power washer make easier?

    DH washes the SUV at DIY carwash often free or $1. with fill up. It's usually two go rounds costing $ 2. each round including wax. I like using the 'wand' gizmo very inexpensive at a discount store.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    My understanding is that the power washer my husband is looking at is adjustable for different types of projects. He would be very upset if the paint were to be ruined in the process.

  6. Shiela Says:

    We have a high pressure cleaner called Karcher, it's good for cleaning cars, windows and hosing down driveway. We got it for around $90 Australian on sale. You can buy attachments for car cleaning which we didn't bother getting. They are great for cleaning the car because it uses less water than the normal hose and can easily wash away mud and grease especially around the wheels.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Maybe if ebay is rough now, you can buy one cheaply there! I'm not a fan of electronic or mechanical things on ebay though. We bought one of those doofy Mr Clean kits for the car, and DH actually likes it.

  8. PNW Mom Says:

    I too had wondered about a power washer for use on a car....my hubby uses ours for the patio and driveway and really tough stuff...he would never use it on the cars...I think it would probably ruin the paint. That would be great if there was one that was adjustable. That being said, DH always washes our cars at home. Any chance you can get your girls to help out with that chore? My hubby is a fanatic about clean cars too.

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