Friday, March 15, 2013

Payday Fun Day

I don't have much to say today. But I wanted to post at least a little something so that my followers didn't think that I've fallen off the face of the earth. Lately, life has been one hectic mess. I've been working 60+ hours a week, going to school, and still doing my infusions. The infusions are getting tougher and tougher as time goes on. Last week, I felt absolutely terrible until about friday-only to have to go back for another one on Monday. This week, I hadn't even eaten. I didn't even think about food. I know it'll get better eventually, but I also know that things typically have to get harder before it gets better. The highlight of this week would certainly be the fact that I got paid on Friday, which means I finally get to restock all the things I need! So I figured I would share to my viewers some of my purchases and expenses.

Firstly, I get all of my prescriptions filled at Rite-Aid. I have a flex-choice plan through my insurance which means I can ultimately get them filled anywhere I want, but depending on where I get them filled, it will cost more. I started getting them filled there about a year ago when I got into couponing. Rite-Aid has a wellness program where you earn points on prescriptions and purchases. After 1,000 points you receive 20% off all regular priced items in the store(excluding prescriptions). Oh,and did I mention that each prescription banks you 25 points? Yeah,that's why I go there. It's already March and I have over 500 points which means I'm halfway to earning 20% off for the year of 2014-I already earned 2013's 20% last year.

Yay for packages! Ok, so this isn't all of it-but just some of the things that I've been slacking. I order my things from an assortment of places-depending on where's cheapest. I can't afford to lose money on silly things on a starbucks pay budget.

1-I have been using Pari Plus LC nebulizer cups for the past year for my inhaled albuterol and hypertonic saline. I also have a nebulizer at both my house and my boyfriend's-it keeps me from having to carry it around with me. So with that being said, Vitality Medical was having a great sale on these cups this week! I normally on buy a set of 2 at a time at about $14.95 each, but Vitality had them on sale for 10.85. So I snatched up four and now I have a few extra.

2- It has finally become time to get a new glucose meter. My doctor recommended the Bayer Breeze 2(picture below). It has this nifty little disk that holds 10 strips at a time, so I only have to worry about changing a disk every 5 days. This is nice since I'm always on the go. The only thing that I didn't like was the lancets seemed to be more expensive than most...but after I received the meter, I quickly realized that the lancing device will hold the cheap walmart lancets-I think I paid about $4 bucks for a box of 100,and they're pretty colors which is also a bonus. Yay for saving money!

I also have this case from walmart-it was about 5 dollars I believe. It is so much cuter than the average black pouch that meters come with. If you haven't guessed already, I am all about adding personality to my medical equipment.After all, I am the one who has to deal with it all.

3-This isn't quite a big expense, but something else I mail-order in bulk are alcohol pads, gloves, and tissues. I can get a much cheaper deal online than anywhere in stores.

4-I decided to go get a BJ's membership(I'll make a post about that later) and picked up a case of 24 Boost High Protein for 24 dollars. This is a great savings! Walmart had the original boost's on sale for $9.99 for a 6  pack. That let me save about .66 a piece.

As you can see, it's not much of a payday fun day. However, I am grateful everyday that I am at least able to afford everything that I need to try to stay as healthy as I can.


  1. Hi there Rachel! Nice to "meet" you. I've added your blog to the CF Blogroll. So sorry to hear that you've been having such a rough spot lately! CF really can just be so incredibly frustrating sometimes. Also, I'm really curious about your GI issues/colonoscopy thing. I have serious GI issues as well but my CF drs keep brushing me off when I ask to be referred to a GI, and I've never even heard of a CFer having a colonoscopy! I'm curious to know why you've had so many, and if they've helped figure out what's going on?

  2. Cindy-
    I was born PS but suffer from many GI complications-There have been many times that I have been admitted to the hospital because my bowels will kind of just "stop" working, due to being over worked constantly. The colonoscopies I've had are to try to explain why I have so many GI complications while being PS.I also have a gluten sensitivity that could potentially develop into celiac disease so they monitor for that as well.This last one,was unexpected due to the fact that I completely switched sides.I went from using the restroom once a week to using it about 10-15 times a day.They found that I've developed Ulcerative Colitis and now I'm starting treatments for that.