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Yesterday's Shopping

April 19th, 2015 at 04:44 pm

I went to the grocery early in the morning, since I had a 9AM eye appointment. My ten items were: tuna, coffee, crackers, eggs, Advil, mascara, frozen yogurt, green peppers, sourdough bread, and kitty litter. The kitty litter I actually bought at PetSmart, so I could use my $5 coupon. It was only $1.62. The other groceries were $41.89; the Advil was the main purchase driving up the price. I got 200 tablets; hope they will last a while. I don't seem to need nearly as much pain relief as I did even a few months ago.

My eye appointment went great! There is nothing at all wrong with my eyes, and I got all the tests to make sure, since I hadn't been to an eye doctor in ten years. My co-pay was $15. I don't need to get glasses -- reading glasses from the drugstore will do me fine.

So that means, I still have to figure out how to spend my flexible spending money! Maybe I'll finally get that shingles shot. The holdup has always been the insurance -- they will only pay for a shot performed at my doctor's office, and I would have to make a special appointment during work hours -- thus losing a whole day of work. I addition, my doctor's office wants written proof from insurance that they will cover it. What??? If I pay out of pocket I can get it done at Walgreens! I'll have to investigate just how expensive it is.

5 Responses to “Yesterday's Shopping”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Couldn't you get a prescription for Advil, etc., and then use FSA money for it?

    That is weird about the Shingles shot. You'd think they'd want to make it easier for people to get it rather than harder. I'd guess treatment for Shingles would be a lot more expensive than a single shot!

  2. Stephanie Says:

    On FSA, some allow mileage to Dr. Appointments. Check with your plan. It is a good way to claim some $s.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    That is crazy about the Shingles shot and having to have it in the doctor's office.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    My insurance is the same way for the shingles shot. I had one before London, and their office was a bit cranky about it, but I'd already checked to see my coverage.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks Stephanie -- unfortunately my doctor's office is only a few blocks from home. But an hour from work!

    Laura, the FSA doesn't cover OTC drugs. Not sure how I would go about getting a prescription for Advil, especially since I've consistently reported that my pain is getting better! But maybe I'll call the office and see about that.

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