When Frugality is Not a Priority

We’re frugal. Our friends, family,¬†acquaintances and blog readers know that!

There are sometimes, though, when frugality is not a priority.

This past weekend was one of those times. John David and I were very sick, at the same time. {You can read the whole story on our family blog.}

Our sickness resulted in a late night trip to the ER for me. {A $250 co-pay later, I was hydrated. I’m dreading the possibility of more bills!}

My very sick husband was not dehydrated and not admitted so he ran to get some Gatorade and Pepto while I was receiving fluids. He told me, “I ignored prices and then threw the receipt away on my way out the door!”

The next day he ran to get some Chicken Noodle Soup {we didn’t feel like making homemade soup}, Pedialyte {he did purchase the off brand!} and juice. He confessed, “I didn’t even care about the prices, I just wanted to get back home.”

As we were talking about his trips, once we were feeling better, we both agreed that sometimes it’s okay to not practice extreme frugality.¬†Sure, spending $250 on a trip to the ER seems excessive when you’re healthy but when you are extremely ill, it’s completely worth it. When you are sick and just need medicine and foods that will make you feel better and rehydrate, it’s okay to just grab the first thing that looks appetizing and nutritious. At times, like when you’re sick,¬†frugality is not a priority.


8 Replies to “When Frugality is Not a Priority”

  1. I say $250 is a great price for the ER! We paid almost $2000 for my husband's trip last March! I hope your family is all healthy again!

  2. Sorry to hear about your recent medical trouble. Dehydration can molly whop you in a hurry and look like something a lot worse. At that point a medical examination and likely a couple bags of ringers is what is needed. Suze Orman has a saying "People, then money then things". If something will really take care of people, as a needed ER visit obviously does, then you do it without concern for money. After that we worry about money. Somewhere after that there is stuff.

  3. I read about your sickness on your family blog and I would say that it was food poisoning since you were both sick like that at the same time. I had the same exact thing last Spring and ended up in the hospital for a day. It was horrible so I can relate. I hope you're all feeling better now!

  4. Sorry to hear you both were so ill =( But glad to hear you are recovering.
    We have had some sick episodes hit us as well–so I have started the "ick box" for when we are not well. We stock up on the lotion Kleenex when it is on sale, ginger ale, electrolyte drinks etc. Anything for those nasty days when we are really ill with a bug.

    1. I love the "ick box" idea! That's a wonderful idea and you don't have to worry about blowing the budget when you're sick and could care less about saving money!!

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