Archive for November, 2008

Christmas Shopping

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

My shopping this year is done with a lot of care.  No junk is bought – only things that the receiver will really enjoy receiving and using through the next year. Although I still enjoy looking at clothes for myself, I am now only buying for others.  It really is a lot more satisfying to make new outfits out of the clothes already in my closet knowing that others will have a better holiday.

I queried my best friend as to what five items would be good Christmas presents.  She told me and I have found and ordered three of the five on the internet.  These are all nice items that I know she will enjoy through the year.

My husband and I are getting Thai massages next week and we decided that would be our main gift to each other. I haven’t had one in a long time and I am really looking forward to it.

We asked our daughter what she wanted and she sent us a list of Swatch watches she liked from the Swatch page.   The Swatch store had a deal where the second watch purchase was 50% discount, so we bought her a second one that will be a surprise as it was not on the list.  I hope she likes them!

My second wish appears to be coming true

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

On November 01, 2008 I wrote my 3 wishes for this country.  After Obama was elected, my first wish was fulfilled.  Now, after  listening to the  recent speech from our President Elect, it appears my second wish may come into fulfillment. The gist of the speech was that this country needs to lower the unemployment rate and get into more production.  Hurray!

Drug withdrawal

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

I normally never take drugs.  Even when I broke my toe, sprained my back, had wisdom teeth extracted – I withstood the pain and skipped the painkillers.  It was tough, but at least then I didn’t also have to deal with the drug withdrawal at a later time.

I needed the anaesthetic to have the infected wisdom tooth extracted.  The dentist gave me several shots  to sufficiently numb up my mouth.  At the time, I appreciated it.   I do feel the dentist did the best possible job that could be done in the situation as I certainly wouldn’t have been able to endure the surgery without being totally numbed up.

Despite everything going according to Hoyle, I still had to endure some bad days as the anaesthetic wore off.  At that point, I was glad that I had not taken pain killers after the surgery.  Going off the anaesthetic was so uncomfortable that if I had had to endure getting off pain killers, I might not have been able to do.  I now understand how women will get a cosmetic operation and then end up hooked on pain killers for the rest of their life.

Anyway, when the anaesthetic withdrawal got bad, I took all my vitamins several times a day with food, and that helped a lot.  I also soaked in a steaming bath while I drank distilled water.  It has now been 5 days and I feel like the drugs are mainly out of my system.  Who would think that a dental  anesthetic would produce such after-effects!

My thoughts on dental insurance

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

If you work for a company, they often will pay some or all of your insurance.  In that case, it works out okay most of the time if you have the right insurance.  One time I worked for a company and got a lot of dental work I had been avoiding getting done, and it was a good deal.

I have not found a dental insurance that is worth the paper it is printed on for the self-employed.  Even on years when I needed a root canal (not cheap!) and crown (also costly), I have averaged spending less on dental without insurance than the insurance payments would cost me. Also, I don’t like that a lot of insurances only let you see the less accomplished dentists as the real pros often are very picky about which insurers  they will accept as they are so accomplished in their profession,  people will just pay out of their own pocket to get the best care possible. This is just what I have found – I am not giving anyone advice on what they should do, of course! One should always look at all the facts and decide for themselves on things.

Anyway, I have found that the best thing to do is to spend time and money on good dental hygiene and when you need something done, get the best dentist you can find.

Saving money in the long run

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Okay, I promised a personal way to save money so here I am at my computer – just for your! I must tell you that I have just endured a wisdom tooth removal and it was not fun at all.  But that brings me to the topic of a contrary way to save money. When it comes to dental care, I do not attempt to save money by going to a cheaper dentist. I know that in the long run, my wonderful Dr. Behm has saved me not only money but my teeth.

I found out that the price for getting my wisdom tooth removed at the dental clinic would be $250 maximum, but instead I went to Dr. Behm for the $525 extraction.  And it was worth every penney.  Many years ago I had an extraction from your run-of-the-mill dentist.  He actually put his knee in my chest to get the leverage to pull the tooth!  Besides bruising my breast, it was  torture in the mouth as the tooth was extracted.  In contrast, Dr. Behm ensured that I was completely numbed up with a mild anaesthetic.  He also was very gentle in the extraction and he did it in such a way to ensure that the entire root came out.  While it still wasn’t any fun, I was vey impressed with his speed and professionalism.

So, my advice is to pinch pennies using food coupons and sales and Target and thrift stores and Ebay, but if you need dental care, pay for the best. Years down the road, you will appreciate that you still have your teeth with no complications.

I got my first wish!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Early this morning I watched Obama’s acceptance speech and halfway through tears were streaming down my face, as I realized things may change for the better.  I know this is a “saving pennies” website, but this blog entry does fit in to the scheme of things because Democrats have a history of improving the economy and helping the middle class.

I was pleased to hear Obama talk about “increasing production”  as that goes along with my second wish.  It is only through increased production that this country’s economy can mend.

Now, for anyone who doesn’t want to hear about more politics in my blog – my next blog entry will be about a way to economize personally!

Three Wishes

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Today is a beautiful day here.  Warm with a cool breeze.  Not a cloud in the sky – but it feels like the calm before the storm.  The election is coming up, and it is a close one.  We are all waiting to see what happens after the Big Day. Here are my three wishes:

1) That the nominee who has been promising change does win the election and does hold good on his promise to start improving the current affairs of this country.

2) That the economy stops inflating the currency and starts getting the country to actually produce worthwhile goods to bring the country honestly into affluence.

3) That the American citizens realize that there is no free lunch and and that we really don’t want a country of welfare recipients who are a slave to the dole system.

I know it may be old-fashioned, but I like freedom and I would like the USA to return to being the land of opportunity (for work not welfare!).