It can be expensive to make repairs to your home. Whether it’s lawn work, construction, or maintenance, home ownership can be very expensive. I found this out the hard way, years after I bought my first home. It was a small three bedroom and two bathroom cottage. It was at the high end of my price range, but I was going to be a lot closer to work. The savings in gas would easily make up for the high mortgage payment. The first year was tough, but I managed to keep a few dollars in the savings account and pay all of my bills on time. Everything was great, until the air conditioner stopped working. It was a cheap window air conditioner, but it was the only means to cool the living room. When the air conditioner stopped putting out cold air, I had to make a choice fast. Most of the new air conditioners were close to $200 dollars, and that would deplete my savings account altogether. It was getting hotter and more uncomfortable by the day, and summer was only beginning. I decided to empty my savings account, and seek out a new air conditioner for the living room. Luckily, I found someone on craigslist who was selling a used air conditioner. It appeared to be barely used, and was reasonably priced. I got the guy to agree on $125, and I went to pick it up this morning. It works really well, and seems to be like new. The retail price for this air conditioner is close to three bills, so I got a steal.