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Mid-Month Updates

August 15th, 2023 at 01:28 pm

It's already been a spendy month. Last week I had a tooth extracted and bone grafting done to prepare for an eventual implant. Everything went well and I'm healing nicely. But, even with dental insurance this is very expensive. So far I am $626.80 out of pocket with more to come. This will be paid from my emergency/savings fund. 

I also went to an orthopedic doctor last week for an evaluation and treatment of my elbow. I've been having a lot of pain in it for a few months and an MRI confirmed a partial tendon tear and inflammation. After resting it, icing it, and taking prescription strength anti-inflammatory meds which didn't really help all that much, he gave me a cortisone injection. This did the trick and it's now almost pain free. My health insurance covered all of this except for a $20 co-pay.

I am already at $107.45 spending on groceries for the month. I have changed my grocery shopping approach and am now buying the best quality foods I can afford for those things that I eat most often. Eggs are a good example. I have them for breakfast almost every day. I had been buying the 18 count large store brand eggs that i could get for just .89 cents with my store discount points. But, the quality has really gone downhill. They are really small (more like a small/medium size) the shells are really thin and the color is very pale. The taste was very bland. So, I spent the money and bought a dozen organic, free range, all the best healthy things eggs for $6.49 a dozen! It hurt my heart to spend that much. But what a difference. I don't think I can now ever go back to the cheap ones. So, I am eating a few less eggs and a bit more of the Bob's Red Mill organic oatmeal with unsweetened almond milk that I really like.

But, it has to be a balance. I can't afford to buy the best quality of everything. I eat a LOT of veggies, but I can't afford to buy organic everything. So I'm working on where the affordable medium is. It really is a struggle with prices still so high.

Not much else happening, having a quiet week while I heal from the procedures. 


3 Responses to “Mid-Month Updates”

  1. LifeBalance Says:

    Wink, if you haven't done this before: search on the "dirty dozen". They are the fruits & vegetables with the greatest concentration of herbicides/pesticides on the edible portion. If you can only go partially organic, they're the ones to focus on first. Or anything that you consume frequently, like your eggs. I know coffee was one of my first conversions since I have it nearly every day.

    Isn't the color difference amazing on free range eggs too? The yolks are dark because the chickens weren't eating grains but worms & insects instead.

  2. Wink Says:

    LifeBalance: I've heard of the dirty dozen list but wasn't very familiar with what was on it. Thanks for the reminder about it, this will be very helpful! It looks like the list has expanded a bit. I'm not a big fruit eater but my favorite apples are on it. I can use this as a guide for what veggies to buy organic. And yes, the color of the egg yolks was a deep rich orange color, and they tasted so much better. I won't be going back to the cheaper ones.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about your dental and medical bills.

    Good plan on eating the best that you can afford on some items. Often quality makes up for the extra cost.

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