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No spend week is a bust

October 3rd, 2013 at 02:02 pm

So much for no spend week. I'm so frustrated. All was on track until:

1. Its' grandparent's day at DS2's preschool and all parents need to contribute something like food or napkins to the class party. Due to crazy food allergy and all milk, eggs, nuts, being banned from DS2s classroom, I had to buy a specific kind of cupcake for the kids-- and they cost... $30 for 24. Steamed.

2. We noticed a lump under DS2's arm pit last night, so he went to the doctor today for a $20 copay. Then, needed antibiotics.

Antibiotics cost $45 WITH insurance, and now the bubblegum flavor that used to be included for free cots $2.99 extra. I'm so mad at capitalism on that one. Really mad.

So yeah. I'm pretty frustrated right now. It seems like we will never be back on track. Kids have just made our lives to complicated and too frustrated.

8 Responses to “No spend week is a bust”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Darn. There is always next week to try again.

  2. Jenn Says:

    Sometimes you have to take it in stride - it happens to us all. I once paid $23 for a library book because my toddler twins threw it into a kiddie pool. It drove me nuts to pay that money and get nothing for it (because the book was truly ruined), but it was better for my state of mind just to chalk it up to the cost of having kids, and let it go.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    i have felt that same way when i got a speeding ticket. best thing i could possibly do is pay it very quickly so looking at it sitting on my desk doesn't keep making me fume at the waste of money

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    There's always something like that it seems; if not the kids, something health related, or a household item or appliance, or a special event for a friend that involves spending. The important thing is, in the big picture, paying attention to spending has a greater net result than just saying "screw it" and spending whatever you want. But I do get so steamed, especially if it's something I think we can do without or work around but someone else in the household insists.

    Still, in the long view we do better than most, because we're thoughtful about every purchase!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    There is usually some unexpected expense here and there. Hang in there!

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    Wow...$2.99 for flavoring for a medicine a child has to take? That is ridiculous!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Couldn't you have done some kind of fruit like grapes or oranges instead of cupcakes? The kid can't be allergic to everything.

  8. ThriftoRama Says:

    There was a sign up sheet for specific options. Fruit salad was an option, but required incredibly specific and rigorous sterilizing of your own kitchen to avoid cross contamination.

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