Frugal Friday

No, not really. Although we haven’t been spending money carelessly. Our grocery budget is our biggest variable expense. I budget $200 a week for everything including pet supplies, non-food items, wine, food and misc. That seems to be a good amount for us.

But when you factor in Costco trips like in August, I definitely go over.  The Costco trips are often items that last a few months if not more. I’ve tried separating out non-food and then I get all confused and lose track of what was what so if I just lump it all together it works better for me.

For August I’m trying out $125 a week and I’ll see how that goes.

We aren’t going on any trips this year due to the medical stuff so there are no expenses there.

We also can’t eat out as B can’t have restaurant food yet. Although I have gotten him In an Out french fries and a shake as he needs to gain back about 20lbs. So we don’t really have an eating out budget. I have gotten a pizza or two so there’s that.

We also don’t have any big projects around the house but there are a few things. We absolutely need to fix our step coming out the door. It is awkward and has two levels so he and our daughter will put down a new concrete step that covers both and goes out farther. We wanted to build a deck out level from the front door and then a step-down but a deck would probably run us $3-5,000. So not now.

We’re on the fence about getting more trees down. I think we will call and see about at least 2 and get an estimate. We still have too many trees that are very big around the house.  But that too is a very expensive project.

We still have co-pays on the medical side too and the GFM is being used for that but it’s getting low.   The $6,000 from the beginning of the year is almost paid off. The transplant co-pays haven’t even shown up yet. Yikes, that could be scary.

Well, all in all, we’re doing okay.

Friday things

So we are ready to go. B signed the consent forms yesterday and admission is next Friday. That’s only one week away. After listening for 45 minutes of every terrible thing that could go wrong we signed.

He will go in at 9am admissions, have a main line put in or a pic line. At this point, it looks like a pic line since his platelets still have not gone over 50. They hover in the ’20s and then drop into the low teens and that is too low for surgery for the mainline catheter.

Then Friday is D -5 for chemo, down to Day 0 which is transplant.  The chemo is supposed to be well tolerated but since I had melphalan  I’m not too sure I agree with that. There are two other chemos involved as well.

So, it begins. Probably the recovery will be the worst part with fatigue and the constant threat of graft vs host disease.

We stopped in the co-op for a quick shop and it was slightly more expensive than I’m used to I may have to use it to buy the things that are better priced such as bulk items. We did have a lovely lunch though and got to relax before heading over to UCD med center.

We got in another co-pay bill for $1680 that’s for all his transfusions. I’ll call this morning to make arrangements for payments. We paid off one and so with this one we’ll have two. All together that will use @ $4500 of the GFM but I’m stretching it out. Actually, I think it’s more like $5000 but still, over time it’s doable. ( As long as too much more doesn’t show up.) But we still have the transplant co-pay which is still unknown but we know it’s about $6000.

Well, I’m just not going to worry about it now.

Today, I’m off to get my labs for my Thyroid as I’m overdue. Then to pick up my new glasses that hopefully have been corrected. From there I may hit the gym and I need to go to the bank.  Yesterday was super long and so I usually drag the next day.

I’m hoping to not go anywhere tomorrow or Sunday and I’m willing to give up my Sunday workout just to stay home. I’ll be driving to Sacramento almost every day starting next week.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_374.jpg This our Cecil Brunner rose all out for Mothers day!!