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Big Haul from the Street!

June 4th, 2015 at 06:09 am

Yes. 18 cents! All along one long block.

No spending yesterday. I did make the chicken veggie soup and chicken pot pie filling and froze them both.

I'm going to adopt the five things concept, and here are the five things I want to get done tonight:

Wash a load of laundry
Change the bed linens
Clean the cat pan
Vacuum
Process 10 pieces of mail

About the latter. I throw my mail into a box after dealing with the urgent stuff. It's a bad system because it really builds up. I'm going to take 10 pieces of mail out of the box every day and do what needs to be done. (And probably most of it can be trashed!)

My task today (before I get home) is to make a decision about Part D Medicare. I only have one prescription (and it's been that way for a long time) so I'm not excited about prescription coverage that I have to pay extra for. But I understand that it's also for peace of mind, knowing that if I get slammed with expensive prescriptions I will have the means to pay them. Looks like the cheapest is Humana-Walmart, at $15.70 a month, which I think requires me to actually use Walmart to fill the prescription. I guess that's doable, there's a new Walmart about three miles away.

11 Responses to “Big Haul from the Street!”

  1. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Love the 5 Things concept! I should amend that to 5 Deliberate Things - I'm farming out my regular tasks to kids for the summer. I no longer fold towels or sort socks. Those live in laundry baskets off the family room, and the understanding is if someone is sitting and watching TV, they can be exercising their arms or hone in on their matching skills, too.

    How is Lady Susan by Jane Austen? I really want to revisit her now that school is over. And Cornell West talked about his love for her. That piqued my curiosity on her widespread appeal.

    I am waiting to find out if my girls are helping at a drama camp at church next week; if they are, I will have a specific pick up time. Do you want to try to get together next week? Tuesday or Thursday might work better for me. What about you? And I'm not picky on where we go, since I'm still limited in what I'm eating after my ten-day fast/cleanse. Smile

  2. AnotherReader Says:

    Cheap drug plans often have very limited formularies. If you were to require an expensive medication, it might not be covered and YOU would have to pay for it. Best in most cases to look for a plan with a long list of covered drugs.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I have not gotten very far into Lady Susan, but it is quite different than her other novels. She wrote it when she was very young, and it is in the epistolary style (letters between the characters). I would definitely read the other six first! Very interesting that Cornell West likes her!

    Either Tuesday or Thursday is fine. Let me know! You can choose the place, since you have dietary limitations.

  4. snafu Says:

    I've no idea of how your medicare plan works but can you pass on it now and sign on at a later date? We passed on the dental plan offered on our coverage system and put the premium rate in a separate savings account. We ended up cash flowing the annual check-ups and small fixes. Finally we put the accumulated sum into a mutual fund ready to cash when it's needed.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Jane and Cornell both rock! I might need a five-thing list for today.

  6. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    So nice that I'm not alone in my interest in Austen and West!! Just finished a Merton kick, which was interesting while it lasted, since I am a profound Bonhoeffer-ite. Smile

    I'm a nerd.

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Snafu, I am already signed up for Medicare Part A & Part B. There is a special enrollment period when you are losing employer-sponsored medical care, and then there is a general enrollment period -- I believe it starts in October. You don't have to take Part B, which is for doctor visits and preventive care, labs, etc. However, if you don't sign up you have to pay for all those things out of pocket! Part B costs about $105 a month. Then there are Parts C and D. C is also called Advantage and is sort of a catch-all that covers some Part B stuff and some drugs. D is strictly drug coverage; there is a whole range of premiums according to what tiers are covered and at what percentage. After reading up on it, I think I am actually a Part C candidate! I do not have to enroll until October, but I wouldn't have any drug coverage until then, so if I needed expensive drugs, I would be out of luck. So I would prefer to take care of it now.

    I know you don't need a Medicare lesson; it was just helpful to me to spell it all out!

  8. snafu Says:

    @CB, Thanks for the outline, I find the American medical system very confusing. I was merely referring to Part D, RX coverage specifically since you hardly write of health issues .

  9. CB in the City Says:

    Believe me, I find it very confusing, too!

  10. creditcardfree Says:

    @snafu, the american medical system has become more confusing based on more recent legislation. It sure isn't just between doctor and patient anymore!

    I would suggest a quick look through all your mail to pull out the clear junk mail. That just never needs to be saved. Then once that remains you can tackle a little at a time from there in addition to keeping on top of the current days mail.

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I throw my mail in a shoebox (after opening the things that look important) and then six months later might get to shredding it ...

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