Saturday, August 27, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
First, the doctor's appointment. Well, bright side is nothing is dislocated, nothing is broken and nothing is torn. Bad news is that I have severe tendonitis in my left bicep. The doctor gave me a script for an anti-inflammatory and a topical cream. I got the anti-inflammatory, but the insurance company and the doctor are having a pow wow over the cream as the doctor feels I need it, but the insurance company wants her to try a few creams before that one (read: cheaper) and I can't blame them. Price without insurance (because I always ask to see if I can save myself some headaches)? 2700.00. For a topical cream. Mind completely blown there.
Anyway, I got some exercises to do on my arm every day, am restricted in my activities (no lifting over my head with my left arm, no heavy lifting, very limited driving, etc) until I feel my arm is up to full power again. The doctor offered me some pain killers for a few days to help me sleep as I haven't been able to sleep much since the pain really upped, but I turned them down because I like to make sure I'm with it for when my son wakes up in the middle of the night.
The ABA program moving schools is going...well about as well as you'd expect a school district to move something. Found out earlier in the week that the district decided to reimage all 11,000 district computers and devices at the same time, so kids were without their talking devices at school and they were back to using PECS for my son. Which his bad mood was then explained because that's like demoting a kid back to preschool when that happens. So, after a lot of choice words about the district on my part, I started sending in his home device to school this week.
When I brought it in I also brought in a bag of the reinforcers that I knew were on the LAMP program that I figured they'd need for him (Hersheyettes aren't sold in stores but once a year and such) and then got a call saying they were trying not to do candy reinforcers for the kids this year. I have some serious misgivings about that when it comes to my son as candy and things are like the ONLY things we've found to be motivating for him. We'll see how that goes.
I also called our lovely independent OT and after talking to her for quite a while (and my husband before her) we decided to give OT a break for now outside of what my son gets in school. Since the OT office moved to another town, my son has just out and out hated it, it seems. He would stay up ALL night the night before to avoid going all summer and last school year we had a lot of meltdowns going to OT and then the school would spend another couple of hours getting him settled and into the school day after I dropped him off there. It just wasn't worth missing 3/4 of a day of school, not getting much work done while at OT itself and everything in between just for 1 hour of occupational therapy. So, we called it quits for now. It's upsetting to me, as we've been going to our OT since my son was two and he made a lot of good progress there on and off over the years and I will miss them. Hopefully, this new decision will be a good one for him, though. At least he's, so far, settling into the school routine and doing well all things considered. I just pray that we made the right decision.
He did, however, wake up this morning with the first cold of the school year. Sigh.
Anyway, on the frugal front, despite having restrictions and stuff going on, I still had things that needed to get done, so I ended up getting creative sometimes but it did get accomplished.
1. I canned lemonade concentrate this week (seen up top). I juiced the lemons in stages to avoid over working my left arm which had to brace the juicer container while I juiced them with my right hand. It worked.
The canner I filled with the sink hose and then slid it over the counters to the stove (of which I am eternally grateful that my kitchen is set up in a way that things like that work), so that avoided me lifting it and then I worked in stages as I felt I could. The only part that really hurt was lifting the canner lid on and off as it's at my shoulder level, but at least I didn't have to do it constantly or anything.
I made the lemonade concentrate from the reduced bags of lemons I got at Fred Meyer cheap. I managed to get 4 cups of lemon juice from the lemons, which I thought was pretty darn good over all.
Once again, I just heavily acidified the water for the apples to prevent browning and took my time with everything. I'm super happy with how much apple sauce I ended up with this year so far. It's awesome :).
2. I'm, shockingly, still getting peas off of my pea plants and actually in decent quantities too, despite the lower leaves being decimated by bugs and the powdery mildew going all over. Those, what, six pea seeds, have definitely done good work this year!
4. I ended up with an independent product testing company asking me to do a review of an alcohol mixer. I agreed, picked up the alcohol, did a small trial (I'm not a big drinker by any means), submitted my review and receipt and have a full reimbursement check coming in the mail for the product. I'm then going to use said alcoholic mixer to make Christmas gifts out of (including some for my husband). I love it when things like that come together ;).
5. Believe it or not, by changing out the paper towels in the bags and re-wrapping, we're still managing to get a few last lowly salads out of the garden lettuce. It's starting to get a bit wilty, but still tastes okay. I never thought I'd still be eating garden lettuce at the end of August! Thanks so much for the lettuce seeds, Jeannie! They sure did great work this year :).
Slugs are everywhere and I mean everywhere. They've managed to burrow underneath my barricades around my beet and turnip seedlings and pretty much wipe them out, but a few are hanging on. I'm hoping they can grow at LEAST big enough that I can harvest some greens to eat in a salad at this point, but we shall see. I am hoping to plant onion starts today or tomorrow if the sunny weather holds that long. Here's hoping.
6. Grocery shopping this week consisted of milk and Flintstone's vitamins (trying to get my son up to taking those since they are really a good source of balanced nutrition). And yeah, that was about it. We didn't really need that much, for one and I wasn't up to lifting things, for two, so that definitely saved us some money.
7. I ordered a few books from Amazon this week for less than 1.00 a piece. One is a new canning book, which I'm looking forward to checking out for sure. I love stalking Amazon until I can find the price I'm willing to pay for something :).
And yeah, that's my week in a nutshell so far. How about you? How did you do this week?