We had more rain, this morning, but, it stopped raining in the afternoon and there was sunshine! I decided to take advantage of the sunny afternoon to run some errands.
First, to the pharmacy to see if I could buy my diabetes test strips without a prescription from my doctor, since I am having trouble getting through to her. The pharmacist was very nice and checked my insurance and noted that they no longer cover the type of machine I have! I have to get the doctor to prescribe a different type of machine (there were two types listed) and the test strips and lancers that go with it. Well, I don't think I will have any success getting that message across to her! However, I do have an appointment coming up with her at the end of this month; I will speak with her, then, and explain the situation. In the meantime, I asked if I could buy the smallest package of test strips they have for the type of machine I have and I will pay out of pocket for it. It would cost me about $100 she said. I said it was OK, I was prepared to do that. Then, I went to the pick up window and that pharmacist must have felt sorry for me, because she said she will see if she can get me a discount. She checked and got me a discount and I paid one third of what it would have cost me! I was so happy! I know that I sometimes have problems with this pharmacy, but there are some caring people working there.
After that, I decided to go to the dollar store, next door to the pharmacy, to do my grocery shopping! I wanted to get some salad ingredients because I had finished my cucumber and carrots and only had a small wedge of lettuce left.
1 variety pack of 4 small lettuces = $1.00
1 bag (2lb) carrots = $1.00 (they didn't have smaller bags of whole carrots)
1 bag of 4 cucumbers = $1.00 (that's a lot of cucumbers, but one had to buy a whole bag)
1 container (2lb) of low fat plain yogurt = $1.00
1 box crackers (unsalted tops) = $1.00
Total = $5.00
I feel I need to explain the box of crackers, since I am supposed to be on a low-carb diet. But, some of my medications, especially the one I take as part of my cancer treatment, cause nausea, and when that happens, I find that saltine-type crackers (I prefer the unsalted tops) help. It's all a bit of a balancing act, for me.
My February grocery budget is $75. Plus, I had $5.55 leftover from the January budget. So, my February grocery budget is $80.00 (I am going to ignore the $.55).
Spent to date: $5.00
Balance remaining in February grocery budget: $75
I didn't buy any meat or fish, today. I have roast beef, roast chicken, and cooked salmon steaks in the freezer.
For lunch, today, I had some of the leftover beef pepper steaks, I had cooked earlier, with sauteed zucchini. For dinner, I cooked a mackerel curry, using a can of mackerel. I ate it with rice, lentils, and green beans from the freezer.
On the way home from the pharmacy and dollar store, I stopped by the post office to mail my payments for the gas bill and the water and power bill. When I got home, I took the trash cans out to the curb for pick up in the morning. Then, I had a cup of tea, watched the news, and had my dinner. Later, I watered the indoor plants. Need to clean the litter box, before I go to bed.
It rained, again, in the evening! More rain is in the forecast for tomorrow!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Caring pharmacists
- Discounts on my test strips
- Rain for the garden
- Sunshine in the afternoon
- Phone calls from family and friends
How was your Monday?