Friday, October 5, 2007

Frugal Fridays - Preparing for Sickness

I know all you black belt tightwads (and I mean that in the nicest way) have already thought of this, but just in case it has slipped your notice I'll make this public service announcement:

Winter is coming. I know you're dismayed by my observation. But consider with me: when is the best time to prepare for winter, now or with six inches of snow & ice on the ground? Obviously, the time is now.

My preparations for winter right now are focused more on health issues, since our household is still fighting off our first serious fall colds/illness. Preparing for the inevitable sickness means checking your medicine cabinet (oh, free tip: don't keep medicine in the bathroom - it's too hot. I keep mine in a Rubbermaid container away from extreme temperatures).

- Dispose of anything past its expiration date.
- Dispose of anything that didn't work for your family.
- Make a list of what you'll need for the next few months. My list looks something like this:

- Acetaminophen - Adult, Children's (chewable) & Infant (liquid)
- Ibuprofen - Adult & Children's
- Benadryl or other antihistamine - Adult & Children's
- Decongestant
- Combination Cold/Sinus medicine - Adult
- Combination Cold/Flu medicine - Adult, Children's, & Infant
- Vick's Vapo-rub (or store brand)
- Medicine for our vaporizer
- Saline for stuffy noses
- Medicine of choice for upset tummies - Adult & Children's
- Cough drops

I didn't have to buy all of these items but we were missing several important things from our "fighting sickness arsenal". I'm sure I've left a few things off the list, as well. My Rubbermaid also holds our (many) band-aids, hydrocortisone, digital thermometers (one for baby, one for everyone else), cotton balls, antiseptic pads, and a few other essentials.

This seems like a lengthy list but by watching for sales and coupons I can buy these items before we need them. Let's face it, everyone gets sick at some point. I'd rather spend the money now, in a purposeful way than send Prince Charming out in the middle of the night for some Sudafed at extreme expense. Not that that's ever happened.

Check out Biblical Womanhood for many wonderful frugal tips.

1 comment:

Kacie said...

It really is important to stock up when these items are on sale. It's not fun to have to go to the store when you're sick! I'm stocking my cabinet now using CVS. I've gotten a lot of freebies that way!

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