It's that time of year where the boys have had their factor levels checked, iron, hep, etc...and because Laithan broke out with a crazy rash I had an inhibitor test done. Wow, is all I could say when I saw the bill. Laithan's blood work totaled $1,907 reduced to member rate of $1,319.65, but I still get a bill for $663.93 (500 deductible plus 20% co-insurance). Add on another bill for Marques that just came in for $498, I can't even look at the clothes ad in the paper. I'm going to have to go on a strict budget diet to payoff these new medical bills. I'm thinking,.. I should get them on a different blood work schedule so I can have time to pay off one bill before another one comes!
What I will look at in the paper is the coupons! Clipping coupons have really helped me reduce my food budget for the month and it's also one of the monthly expenditures I can control. If I could use a coupon for the mortgage, that would help. Couponing can be quite tedious and takes a lot of planning, since I'm a stay at home Mom I can take those extra hours on each week. I look at it as a part-time job because I'm saving our family atleast $400 a month on groceries!
Total for the above was $30.34 saving $89.68 (75%)!
One of the websites I use to help cut down on planning my shopping trips is www.SouthernSavers.com. This site is regionally based on coupons in my area, so definitely look for one in your area. Also, you can look for local coupon meetup groups where you can trade in those dog food coupons for items you need. My local group meets at the library. I haven't gone yet but I may soon.
Besides going back to work, I don't know how else I could manage with these extra medical bills. I'm lucky and grateful to have insurance. After I get past the co-pay and deductable stage, I'm even happier!
How do you budget in medical bills?