Frugal Friday

With the price of groceries right now and gas and just about everything, I’m not sure there is a point to frugal friday. But regardless, there probably were a few things.

I stopped and got gas at Costco because it’s the cheapest around. So that’s one thing.

I had stopped at Michaels for a budget notebook and my favorite Rhodia was discontinued so the cashier suggested to go online and see if they were discounted, and they were. Half off. So I bought 2 small and 2 medium. Regularly $10 and I got them for $5.00. So they will last me another year. I do all my budget with a notebook. Plus, I do my daily to do list on the same page and I keep notes about how I feel, my IBS issues, food issues etc.

I went to the local farm stand and bought peaches and made a pie instead of buying a $20 pie. It was $10 for the peaches which to me is crazy expensive. I’ve been making Magnolia’s pie crust recipe and it’s easy and makes a great crust. The recipe is for a single crust but I use the rolling pin and get it fairly thin and use the extra for a lattice over the top.

I filled out my LLS reimbursement for our UHC health care premium and my prescription plan. It usually takes them a couple of weeks to process. If I didn’t get LLS, our budget would be shot. We do not bring in enough SS to cover the health care costs. So cancer is a blessing and a curse , I guess:) 😦

We ended up with a dentist bill after the copay. $160, I’m not sure how economical it is to have the Delta dental but I guess it did pay some of the visit.

I think I will take an Amazon break and not order anything unless it is necessary. We still have a few RV things that we need before our Tahoe trip in September so that will need to be budgeted in. Otherwise, no miscellaneous which I’m good at rationalizing.

Other than that same ole, same ole.

6 thoughts on “Frugal Friday

  1. I just discovered your blog and read the comment you made about having a checkup for a macular pucker. I couldn’t find where you gave any details. I am only asking because I have been diagnosed with a macular pucker after having cataract surgery though I am told the surgery did not cause the pucker. How are you dealing with it? Thank you for any information you are willing to share.

    • Hi there, sorry you have a macular pucker too. It’s not all that common and I don’t think there is any real cause just luck of the draw so to speak. I’ve had it about 5 years when I noticed I couldn’t quite see straight out of my right eye. the pucker lifts off the retina causing blurry vision. I’ve coped with it and my left eye really compensates. I don’t want to do the surgery as it is major. As long as it doesn’t get worse I feel I can manage. Make sure you are getting retinal scans regularly. I get mine about every 4-6 months to check if the tension is getting worse. So far it has stayed pretty much the same. If yours does progress they will know and then there is the surgery by a specialist.

      • Thank you so much! I was given a follow-up appointment in three months. It’s so strange because when I see a line of print, there are three divots in the line. I was told that was from scar tissue and a factor of aging.

  2. I need to institute Frugal Friday and make some changes around here. I have spent six months looking into Medicare and finally threw a dart and picked a Part D. I need to decide on a supplement by two weeks ago (my own deadline) SS starts in September. Unfortunately for Medicare, they picked me for a pop up comment. At this point I think it will cost me over a hundred dollars more to be on Medicare as opposed to the private insurance I have paid out of pocket for the past five years. (It barely covered anything, but did pay 90% – $40,000 for my broken arm) And my prescription costs will double at least. The fun part is that you base your choice on current prescriptions and I haven’t had lab work done in five years. On my list since Medicare covers it and I bet my prescriptions all change.

    • We have both Express Scripts( Barclay) and WellCare(me). Both are good as long as you don’t have Tier 5 drugs, then there’s nothing you can do but get help from the drug maker or pay thru the donut hole. Right now, Wellcare covers my lisinopril, levothyroxine, and my acid reducer( forgot the name for all pretty low or free. It’s only 28.30 a month so reasonable. We have AARP UHC and it has been quite good covering whatever medicare does not cover. Just be sure something is in place when you start. My mistake was us keeping Barclay’s group employers insurance even after he was 65. Big mistake and that’s where we ended up owing lots of copays.

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