Why Everyone Needs Emergency Savings, Part II

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Updated May 2, 2017

Not to sound like a broken record, but I figure my past real experiences and epic fails are a good conversation starter.

Laugh at my pain, why not?

We’re talking about emergency savings again folks.

So, here’s the story:

It seemed like right after we got financially responsible and I quit my job to run my business full-time…


All types of emergency expenses came up and bit us in the ass.

If we didn’t have emergency savings we would have been grass.

Remember when my car battery took a crap?

Here’s another fun story:

My husband Marc was sewing at about 12 AM. (No lie, this is a true story.)

While he took a break in the bathroom the cat jumps on top of our ottoman, swallowed the needle, and starts convulsing on the floor – all of this in time for his return.

Thank God he caught him in the convulsing phase because a few minutes afterward Zeus was acting completely normal.

We searched around for the needle hoping that he may just be acting strange.

No needle.

Still acting 100% normal we went to the emergency vet hospital anyway.

They did an X-ray and…



To our unpleasant surprise he had a very large needle stuck between his esophagus and stomach.

My poor, poor child.

And my poor, poor wallet. $3,000 worth of vet bills.

I know some of you are thinking… I would never spend that much on a cat.

That’s a valid statement. However, what could you do instead?

A. Put him to sleep.

B. Hope he’ll pass it.

C. Watch him convulse while making a decision to have it removed.

None of these sound too humane to me.

So, we went ahead with the most affordable surgery option – they used a mechanical arm to pull the needle from his throat.

How fancy? We thought about putting together money from our emergency savings to pay for it right there and then.

But decided it wasn’t a good idea.

That would leave us with a bare emergency savings account and the thought made me uncomfortable.

So we settled on the Care Credit program.

Totally easy to sign up for no interest for 6, 12, or 24 months depending on your medical expense, income, and credit. This card can also be used on human health expenses.

I definitely prefer not taking out credit in most situations. Of course, this is out of the ordinary.

Right now we have a cat walking around with dollar signs over his head. He’s licking his lips after a nice little snack of canned tuna.

And both of us could care less about the money, he’s alive!

The Lesson Here?

Be prepared for anything to happen. Because anything will happen.

Update: We repaid the debt before the interest free period end, so it’s all good 🙂

You know, just in case you’re wondering.

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Taylor K. Gordon is a writer and money blogger. She writes on how to live your best life without going broke.

  1. Reply Kassandra August 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Oh wow! Glad the kitty is ok but $3K is a big amount. My cat Piglet (RIP) decided to perform an acrobatic move and snapped his femur. Over $1K for the surgery and 40 clamps later, my cat felt more embarrassed about his shaved hind leg than anything! You do what you have to once you’re a pet owner.

    • Reply Taylor August 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Me too! We love him. Cats are honestly crazy LOL. I can just imagine the type of black flip Piglet was attempting to land. I agree you do what you have to do because they’re like family!

  2. Reply Theresa August 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Taylor this is the funniest pet story I’ve ever heard. I’ve been there though. I tell my children, Leslie and Michael (they love their dogs intensely, and they take them everywhere with them), that dogs in this country live a life of luxury experienced nowhere else. I have been to the animal ER with both their pets, and together we’ve spent over $1000 on each pet. In Jamaica we use to do the best home remedy we could or shoot/put the dog down. Ok so on occasion we took our dogs to the vet. We have animal ER’s now? Surgery on dogs…wow!

    • Reply Taylor August 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      HAHAHA you would think this is funny Auntie Theresa LOL. I’ve heard tons of stories about mongrels in Jamaica from Marc. This is his first pet and he’s 27 years old! There’s no way I could put my child to sleep!

  3. Reply Emma Lincoln August 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Don’t be hard on yourselves for the high vet bill. It’s impossible to make a decision like that in the moment, when the humane thing to do is to stop an animal from suffering. People have blown $3K on so many worse things!!

    • Reply Taylor August 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Emma! That makes me feel a lot better. I couldn’t imagine him spending another minute with a giant needle in his throat!

  4. Reply Lisa vs. the Loans August 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Oh my gosh! I hope Zeus is doing okay! I think no interest financing is a smart way to leverage expenses. It gives you time to pay for the bill, and it doesn’t accrue any extra interest.

    • Reply Taylor August 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      He’s doing great, like nothing ever happened. Definitely happy we found this credit card. There is fine print that I may do a post on later, but we’re being extremely careful making the payments on time and more than the minimum payment.

  5. Reply Michelle August 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Oh, that is terrible! Cats are so sneaky….and live through anything.

  6. Reply Kate June 10, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I am glad you were able to save your kitty. 3000 is a lot of money, but I wish I would have had that chance to save my kitty. He swallowed a needle (and some thread attached) when I was out. I didn’t even know until I found it after he threw it up, but it was too late. It must have punctured one of his organs and he died during the night. Completely broke my heart. He was my dear little baby.
    Glad your kitty got a second chance!

    • Reply Taylor June 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Me too! I know it is a lot of money, but we try to remember it’s worth it. I’m so sorry to hear that! Pets are just like family it’s so sad when they pass away.

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