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... Or it's how life always was, and you never noticed before. Once I started tracking my expenses closely, I found that things that I thought were unusual happened all the time -- they were just different things each time. Now I have a "major purchases" folder. Sometimes they're planned purchases, like when I want to buy a new computer, and other times they are major repairs or replacements that could probably be predicted if I wanted to run the life cycle reliability for every major item I owned. But I don't want to, so I just average it out over a few years to figure out what I'm going to need, and keep that much socked away for the next thing. Most recently it was a water heater. It's nice to have really hot showers again.

ThyPeace, industrial engineer, but not feeling the nerdiness at the moment.
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