Frugal Endeavors – where things get a bit batty

Picture borrowed from cause when you find a bat in your house you don’t stop to grab the camera!

January 10 – 16, 2017

What a batty, crazy week!

The week started with the discovery of a bat flying around our living room. After about an hour or so of trying to shoo it out the open door, we were confident that this poor creature (Lasionycteris noctivagansm, to be exact) found its way back outside.

That is until about 4:00 am when I heard scratching from the curtains behind our bed. I jumped out of bed and flicked on the lights in time to see our winged friend staring at me from atop the curtain rod.

Let me tell you, that wakes you up quicker than a cup of coffee.

We flung open the front door and resumed shooing. We didn’t see him leave, but we haven’t seen him in the house either. I hope he found a safe place to spend the rest of the winter.

A friend commented on my facebook page that according to the Chinese, it is very lucky for a bat to fly into your house and judging from the way this week went, there might be some truth to this superstition.

A while back, we did some housecleaning and realized that The Man had a very small retirement savings account from a previous employer that was never cashed out. We did a little more digging and discovered that we could still claim it. We expect our taxable income to be ridiculously low this year and adding this small windfall to our income should not affect us negatively. We cashed in the RRSP and the cheque was in our mail box within a few days – Whoo hoo, thanks bat.

And then we received a quote to fix the truck. Yikes, it was almost the total amount of the cheque. Oh well, best get it done while we can so we made an appointment. After The Man had a conversation with the mechanic and the Service Manager, they looked a little closer at the issue. Instead of a $2000 bill the total cost came to $167 with tax – Whoo hoo, thanks bat.

And then my tooth abscessed. The Man came home from the mechanic and drove me straight to the ER. I was given antibiotics and I made an appointment with the dentist.

I was expecting a huge dentist bill but after looking at the xray the dentist is referring me to a specialist to deal with my massive, mutant teeth. I paid only about $50 for the xrays and consultation instead of over $1000 for an extraction or root canal. More batty luck? Who knows.

With all this excitement, it was not a frugal week. It was nowhere as expensive as it could have been (thanks bat) but it wasn’t cheap either. Most of our expenses this week were unexpected and they included the gas for the extra trips to the mechanic, the ER, and the dentist as well as money for my prescription, various pain killers, and soft comfort food. In fact, we spent a lot on groceries this week. I haven’t added it up yet. I may even be too embarrassed to publicly admit how much I spent. But that can happen when you are anxious and in pain.

I also lost a day’s wages to go to the dentist.

All this has made me think that I need to dedicate part of my pantry to dealing with illness or injury. The illness or injury does not have to be significant to mess up your life or finances. A bout of the flu or an abscess tooth can have consequences that can take months to remedy, especially if you live with tight financial boundaries.

This is what I have in my pantry so far to help in times of illness:

  • Orange juice (not so good for dental issues but I love it when I feel sick)
  • Several packages of pudding and jello to eat when my mouth is sore
  • A couple of cans of soup. I have several liters of homemade soup stock in the freezer for making soup but sometimes cooking is too much when you don’t feel well. I think it is good to have a backup plan.
  • Half a tube of Oralgel
  • A bottle of clove oil
  • An extra bottle of Ibuprofen and a small container of Tylenol.
  • Several bottles of Elderberry Syrup in the fridge.

It’s not a lot, but it is a start and it would see me through a couple of days.

How about you? What would you add to your pantry to help you cope with being sick?

Additional resources:

A good article on coping with lost income:

Low income dental help in British Columbia:

Bats in BC:

You can access several wildlife related resources and get several cool posters from the Canadian Wildlife Federation but please consider making a donation to offset the cost of postage.




2 thoughts on “Frugal Endeavors – where things get a bit batty

  1. I wanted to share with you my Frugal from last Monday. My car stalled out 2 times in one week. No warning, just died. The 2nd time I was driving, and it was scary. I decided to take it to the place I bought it, they had promised to put in a part when I first bought it and I wondered if this missing piece was the culprit. Well, for $50 I had a diagnostic done. Yup, that was it. Well, they have no record of this promise, which they made 3 times BTW! The car had to get this part or it would only become worse, so I okayed it. They ran an estimate, and found that I had purchased the Extended Warranty (I never do warranties, BTW!). So, instead of it costing me $625 it only cost $200. Which just happened to be the extra income I had from other sources, now that I am unemployed. No bats, but definitely God 😉

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    • The extended warranty saved our butts with our last vehicle when the transmission detonated. I’m glad you got your vehicle fixed – driving around in an unreliable car can be nerve wracking, especially in the winter. I am glad everything turned out okay. Its funny how sometimes the money we need turns up just when we need it and in the required amount. Have a great day.

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