I haven't had a lot of time lately due to the craziness of my life since my surgery back in June to blog much.
I am still recovering and having some back issues since my surgery and as I posted it seems one medical issue after another. I have to get a spinal x-ray (already had a IVP where they took x-rays of my kidneys, urethers, etc.) so this is the next step to see what the issue is with my back pain. I really think it has a lot to do with my positioning during my abdominal surgery. My gyno dr. never would offer help or suggestions since my surgery and so I've been suffering with it since June (and trying to recover from the surgery itself as well). I've mentioned it at every dr. appt., called the nurse and mentioned it several times that way, etc. with no help. I have a new family dr. that I went to last week who seems to finally be a doctor that looks for answers and wants to find out why I have had it (pain) for so long.
Anyway, if all goes well I hope to go today to the hospital and have that done and if it shows damage to my spinal discs (hope not) then it's an MRI next.
In the craziness of starting a new homeschool co-op, run a homeschool group (with lots of new members that I just met recently due to my not being able to do much of anything this summer), starting a homeschool high school program for my two teenagers, medical procedures/tests/appointments, etc. I some how managed to get a little thrifting in there.
I am still using coupons at the double coupon stores I have in my area and have been hitting the thrift stores now that I can get around without help. I've been on a vintage kitchenware kick lately and finally have been finding some awesome pieces (that I use, not just for display) for dirt cheap as well as a few clothes here and there. I found a brand new white jean jacket this weekend for $5 at one thrift store which fit perfectly.
My biggest woo hoo moment was when I found two different homeschool curriculum items (algebra and grammar) that saved me big bucks.
I was so thrilled because I have put out some major money this year for our schooling including an almost $200 science curriculum.
I've started cooking a little more and have been trying hard to save money on our grocery bill (like I was before surgery) but it's a little more challenging since it wears me out physically if I go by myself (it's the buggy pushing, lifting heavy stuff in and out of the buggy/car/house), and standing up for so long on my feet.
I'm just so happy to be independent again though and although I'm still in pain from my surgery, I am finally getting to the point where I'm glad I had it done. With all the medical bills we've had coming in (and more to come) I've been even more diligent (as I have the strength and time for) to save my family money.
We found out that two of our neighbors lost their homes or are in the process of losing them. These were people who either had their home paid for but borrowed a small amount of money against their mortgage and ended up failing to pay it back and lost the house, OR, buying excessively expensive cars, boats, etc. and being far behind on house payments and losing it all.
We are so lucky that we have managed to pay our mortgage off on one small income years ahead of time (lots of money saved on that), me being able to homeschool our kids, having nice clothes (from thrift stores mostly), etc. That's not to say we don't have lots of bills coming in that I stress about (mostly medical) and we have our share of setbacks such as my husband's employer being changed and we have to start all over from scratch with new insurance that stinks and also begins before our current insurance has been used a year.
My daughter just got braces (son had them too), my husband needs surgery, etc. so thrifting and being thrifty is definitely a must do on my part since we are an one-income family.
We haven't taken vacations for a few years (due to my health issues mostly) and we haven't eaten out in a very long time (even when recovering from my surgery), but to have the peace of mind of knowing we have a home to stay in even if my husband loses his job (always a concern) as long as we pay for the insurance/taxes. Of course insurance is a much needed thing these days as I know from experience how expensive it is to have medical procedures/tests/surgery done even with insurance.