I’m actually a Sagittarius, Annie (I published that piece in August of last year; my birthday is late November); Deb is an Aries (late March) and btw, is 3–1/2 years older than I.
Our cars are old (2003 Pontiac Vibe and 2012 Honda Fit) but not so old we need road help more than once a year. Check back in a couple years, though.
When we paid off the mortgage (early, because it got sold to a company with an incredibly horrible reputation, so I cashed in part of the emergency fund) we suddenly had lots of money every month! Wooh! So we had the roof redone (leaks); then the basement fixed (the previous owners had sealed it, meaning no need for a sump pump, which is great unless the soil is acidic and starts eating through the foundation wall which meant every year we saw more leakage which went nowhere because no sump pump… we now have TWO sump pumps and perimeter drainage). And now extra money goes to pay back the emergency fund… or the “our niece wants to get married in northern Scotlan next year and we’re going that’s final Jack” fund… or the property taxes escrow fund, because that’s ours now… and then more into retirement because with the crash coming up soon we want to be ready…
I’m really, truly hoping to avoid a trailer park in our future. No promises. <sigh>