Today the boys had dentist appointments, our first dentist trips without dental insurance. I used to always feel like I wasn’t getting much out of my dental insurance, but man I wished I had it today. My oldest turned out to have a baby tooth that needed to be extracted. Grand total for two cleanings, one set of x-rays and the extraction: $570. This on the heels of my $230 eye doctor appointment last week. If we are going to continue not having these types of insurance, I’m going to have to space these appointments out better.
Yesterday, I had to buy a new carseat for my daughter and new childproofing supplies — the foam protecting the kids from the sharp edges of the TV table and the radiators has peeled off. I tried to think of a homemade version of the foam, but didn’t come up with anything.
In better news, I stopped in this new home furnishings store, Kirkland’s, next to Babies R Us, and resisted buying a few things that caught my eye. I’ve noticed that I find myself subconsciously looking for reasons not to buy, as I walk around stores. As if the default setting is to buy everything, and so I have to come up with a reason not to buy it. That is rather alarming.
From Kirkland’s to Kohl’s, where I returned some Christmas presents from my husband that were the wrong size, not my style, or both. That resulted in a $150 credit, which I used to try to get clothes that were along the lines of what he bought me, to honor his gift intention. That was overwhelming but fun. Kohl’s had quite a few 80% and 70% clearance racks set up, and usually rummaging through those type of racks makes my brain overload pretty quickly, but this time I got some good deals. I also sprang for a new bathing suit, since mine are six years old. Not going to lie… new clothes are fun.
Tuesday’s dinner was thrifty, crowd-pleasing bacon and eggs. Tonight was a mish-mash, since my son could only eat certain foods because of his pulled tooth: “pasta n soup,” the ditalini in chicken broth; quesadillas; and salad.
Finally, I found this book while clearing out my bookshelves and am rereading it — it was a gift from my mom a while back. Definitely has some good tips.