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March Recap

April 2nd, 2014 at 08:38 am

It was a good month...

Housing - $677
Furnishings/Equipment/Decor - $167
Groceries - $115
Utilities - $89
Eating Out - $89
Gifts/Charity - $81
Clothing - $72
Vet/Pet Supplies - $53
Phone - $50
Gas - $38
Fees/Services - $33
Laundry - $21
Personal - $20
Business - $10
Miscellaneous - $9
Entertainment - $8
Medical/Health - $7
Household Supplies - $4
Grand Total - $1543

It was lowest-spend month yet this year. Not buying a train ticket helped! Also, one of my utility bills came in April instead of March.

I did just a bit toward the decluttering challenge last night. I cleaned out the front seat of my car! I found a pair of earrings and a penny! And stuff to throw away, of course.

Today I am mailing a box of books I've read to my sister.

I need to get my knee stuff set in motion today, but I'm trying to make a decision. I would really like to engage the ortho surgeon who fixed my ankle, but he is not in the preferred group for my HMO. My GP is willing to refer me, but he says that I would have to get all the x-rays and other testing done with my own group and then physically take them over to this doctor, each time he wanted a test done. I don't really want to add that level of complication, especially since I have the big commute already complicating things. But I really like the doctor and I know he is a fantastic surgeon. If I go with the HMO group, it'll be the luck of the draw. I'm leaning toward an HMO surgeon, since I had a terrible experience with a previous HMO -- they really don't like you to step out of the circle. But I wish I could have this surgeon!

My spending today -- $5 for breakfast. I packed bread to toast at work, but realized on the way that I had no spread for it (I keep a small tub at work). I didn't want dry toast so I splurged.

I am back on myfitnesspal tracking calories. Taking some weight off this knee is a long-term strategy that will make a difference!

Oh, I forgot to share that I negotiated free parking for a month at work! I just explained my situation, and I was given a medical pass!

3 Responses to “March Recap”

  1. snafu Says:

    If you're driving to work with free parking for medical reasons, perhaps your preferred surgeon is worth the added effort since this is long term. Our doctor's staff fax and e-mail reports and information as requested in an instant with the click of a few computer keys. I suggest contacting support staff and asking if this is possible and what waivers you would need to provide to put this into motion. When I have various procedures done, I'm required to wait until they're 'read' by the specialist . For some results, I've been handed the report, MRI or X-ray I requested before I left the building.

    [our medical system is so different I don't understand]

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Way to go on getting a free parking pass!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, snafu, your medical system is definitely better than ours! My hesitation is mostly about fear that the HMO will not pay, given any excuse. You don't have to worry about that!

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