Weekly Recap: Holiday Savings and Medical Spending

by Kristina on December 3, 2010 · 5 comments

Welcome to Friday DINKS…another work week is over and soon it will be time for our weekend to start.  With the recent passing of Thanksgiving and other holidays quickly approaching, today we are discussing how to save on food and gifts during this holiday season.

Do you splurge during the holidays or do you still try to save and live financially responsible?

While we are on subject of unnecessary spending, and on a subject totally not related to the holidays, I recently got my flu shot and it cost me $100 for both Nick and I to get our flu shots. I should also mention that this expense is NOT covered by our private health insurance.  I am just wondering if any of you DINKS got your flu shot this year and how much it costs to get a flu shot in the USA.  I know that I shouldn’t complain about health care.  I also know that spending $100 on 2 flu shots is better than losing 4 days of pay while I am sick at home with the flu.

I know this isn’t related to the holidays, and I know that it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it still really bothered me that I paid $100 for 2 flu shots.  If the H1N1 virus was such a huge worldwide health pandemic, then I think that flu shots should be free for everyone. Thanks for listening (I mean reading).

Back onto the topic of saving during the holidays, I know that we all have a lot of expenses during the holidays. Here are some tips on how to save money during the holidays:

Brooklyn Bitches on a Budget offers delicious side dishes for discount prices.

Out of Debt Again discusses how a dehydrator can save money on food during the holidays as well as all year round.

The Girl with the Red Balloon discusses how to save on homemade Christmas gifts.

E-cards are another great way to save time and money during the holidays.  Yes, I know it’s a little bit impersonal; but it saves money on cards and stamps.  It also saves a lot of time.



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