1. Hair ties ~ $2. I’m down to three, including one that has lost all its stretchiness. If I run out entirely I can use rubber bands, but that’s not fun.
2. A new tire for my road bike ~$25. I have been having problems with flat tires. At first the inner tube deflated over a few weeks. Then it lost all the air overnight. I found and patched a small hole that held for a few days. Saturday before heading out on an ambitious bike ride to drop flyers for the at libraries across the Valley I found a second hole.
Why is my inner tube getting so many holes, I wondered. I inspected the tire and found two cracks, including one that is about a quarter-inch across, between my fingers usabove. Since I couldn’t buy a new tire I used a trick my dad showed me. Take a dollar bill and fold it in half twice so it is about 1″ x 3″. Tuck that into the tire so it covers the crack, below. Then put in the inner tube and inflate. The folded dollar is strong enough to protect the inner tube for short periods. I used this trick twice so I guess you could say the fix cost me two dollars!
3. Maintenance check up for my MINI ~$750. She only needs it every 15,000 miles and I have a coupon from the dealer for $100 off. I’m tempted to go to a non-dealer but the dealer has does solid work, has great customer service, and washes my car!