Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Some news

My brother and his whole family has had covid. I believe everyone in his family had their shots and their cases were mild. They are all feeling better now. My daughter and her whole family also had covid. Only my daughter and Ladybug had had their first shot a week before everyone became sick. The younger kids are not old enough yet. Our guess is someone caught it at school and brought it home. Kentucky currently has a very high rate of covid cases. When I talked with my daughter this morning everyone is feeling much better. They were tested a third time yesterday afternoon and the tests were finally negative. My daughter was the sickest one and I was very worried about her. I’m thankful they are all well again.

I thought maybe I had it too but I knew I hadn’t been around anyone at all for about two weeks. I believed it was just another episode of my fibromyalsia from emptying the shed so it could be moved. I always have an episode after physical efforts. Three days in bed and I felt better. I’m staying in a self-imposed quarantine until the Kentucky numbers are down again. I’ve had both Fauci Ouchies but won’t take any unnecessary chances of being exposed to some variant.

Maybe it wasn’t covid or fibromyalsia after all but something entirely different. In early August I had a CT chest exam done because I’m an ex smoker. Its a preventative screening test paid for by Medicare after 10 years smoke free. Apparently my lungs are fine but an abnormal growth showed up on both of my kidneys. My NP’s office referred me to a kidney specialist several miles away. I know there are specialists just a few blocks from where I live so I called for an appointment. Its been four days and the Nephrologist is still waiting for my records to be faxed over from the NP before they can give me an appointment. I’ll call on Tuesday when the NP office opens to ask again. Our health systems are a total mess these days.

I’ve had problems with my kidneys for years. The last episode of what I believed was kidney stones was in September. I posted about it then. Over the years I’ve had kidney stone surgeries and numerous passing of stones all of which required a CT scan for verification. As many times as I’ve had a CT of my kidneys done this is the first time anyone has said anything was abnormal growths. It wasn’t the NP but the CT technician who recognized a problem and reported it.

I had planned to start couponing again just to see if I could do as well with digital coupons as I did with paper coupons. I had someone’s referral code ready to sign up with Ibotta too until I remembered how easily a low income person can get sucked into purchases that are not needed just by believing we are saving money.

There are many who think of rebates as “extra income” from buying things. Of course in the past that was true when everything was done without computers but not anymore in this age of digital everything. Its like this; consumers can’t beat the advertisers and the producers at their own game. They spend millions of dollars every year to find ways to trick the public. Coupons and rebates being only one of those ways. Let me say this; coupons and rebates are not income. Coupons and rebates are enticements to spend money to fatten the pockets of the 1%. If I find a coupon for an item I already intend to purchase I’ll use it but I won’t buy an item just because there is a coupon and/or rebate on it.

I expect to be quite busy for awhile as I learn more about my kidney issue. It will most likely require healthier eating. But how? By rethinking my foodbank foods and very careful planning of course. Reading and research are time consuming. I’m also fairly sure the doctors will want to do more tests. Aren’t there always more tests? Tests are the medical money makers.

I’m also preparing for winter as best I’m able. The Old Farmer’s Almanac just announced that my area will be very snowy and cold for the 2021-2022 winter. They are calling it the “Year of Shivers” winter. Someone sent me a pair of warm house shoes from my Amazon wish list just in time for my winter prepping. These are a tiny bit snug but being made of cloth I can stretch them. There wasn’t a note or anything so I don’t know who sent them. I want to say thank you to whomever it was. I’m going to have some toasty warm feet this winter.

Take care and stay safe everyone.

23 comments on “Some news

  1. Jasna
    September 14, 2021

    Good to see your family are all better. Lots of good vibes go your way!
    Hugs,
    Jasna

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    • Anita
      September 15, 2021

      Well hi there Jasna. Its been awhile. How are things with you these days?

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  2. Jane
    September 14, 2021

    I’m glad everyone is recovering from Covid and that you are being extra careful. I have been reading all over Facebook about families with children losing one or both parents. I’m suggesting that your daughter make sure that she has at least a small term life insurance policy and a directive for guardianship of her minor children to be prepared in case of any unexpected events.
    In my area people are driving erratically and I have almost been T-boned by red light runners 3 times in the past month!
    Anita I know you are a person who understands that an once of prevention (planning) is worth a pound of cure.
    I wish you the best of luck with your health journey.

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    • Anita
      September 14, 2021

      Thank you Jane. I know what you mean, I’ve seen the same type stories of orphaned children. Yes, I do believe in planning and prevention. Everything has been taken care of for a few years now.

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  3. Sue Sperbeck Lester
    September 13, 2021

    Ibotta has “Any Item” offers. Receipt Hog and Fetch accept all receipts.

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    • Anita
      September 14, 2021

      Thank you. Right now I’m concentrating on my health issues. I’ll look at Ibotta again later.

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  4. Sue Mary Lester
    September 13, 2021

    Ibotta has a few ‘any’ rebates like 10 cents for any item or 25 cents for milk (any brand). It takes forever to get any money back, but you might look into it. Fetch and Receipt Hog give you points for any receipts. If you spend a lot of time online, look into Microsoft Rewards. I’ve gotten a couple of $5 Amazon gift cards that way.

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    • Anita
      September 14, 2021

      Thank you. I’ll check it out after I’ve fixed my health issues.

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  5. Linda
    September 13, 2021

    Is your Amazon wishlist up to date?

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    • Anita
      September 13, 2021

      Hi Linda

      Thank you for asking. I’m working to update it. I’ve removed some items that had been on the list over a year and are no longer available. I added a couple things that will be most helpful for food prepping a kidney friendly diet. I expect to change the list more after my appointment with a nephrologist on Friday. I have a few things on the list simply to help me remember what I found while searching and hope to get back to them at a later time.

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  6. SC New Quilter
    September 13, 2021

    Sorry to hear of all the sickness in your family. This covid mess really scares me as I have a compromised immune system as I take steroids for Sarcoidosis. So, I tend to just stay home. I wish hubby would too.
    Your new house shoes look so warm and cozy!!! You are all set for winter!
    WOW!! Thirteen years off cigarettes!! Congrats!!! BIG achievement!!!

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    • Anita
      September 13, 2021

      Yes, I believe I’m set for my ‘long winter’s nap’. 🙂 I even have my kerchief for bed. I still get a craving now and then but it goes away quickly. You stay safe!

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  7. Silver
    September 12, 2021

    I’m pleased your family is feeling better now and fingers crossed they can see you soon to work out what the issue with your kidney is. Keep yourself safe.

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    • Anita
      September 13, 2021

      I have an appointment on Friday with a Nephrologist. I got a lucky break. A brand spanking new office is opening up just across the street from the clinic where the NP office is located. First appointments begin on Friday so I may be the very first patient. My appointment is at 8 am.

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      • Silver
        September 22, 2021

        That’s great news, I hope it went well!

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        • Anita
          September 23, 2021

          The news is sorta good. We’re going to watch the growths to see if they grow. Follow up in 6 months.

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          • Silver
            September 26, 2021

            Hopefully the news will be as good as they can be in six months.

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  8. Diane
    September 12, 2021

    My oldest dd keeps herself on a very tight grocery budget-currently $20-$25 a week and that includes household items. She’s very disciplined with her Ibotta usage and will get the free stuff and then she just uses it for things that are already on her list. Occasionally if she’s got money in her budget she will do one of the Ibotta bonuses if she doesn’t need many items to get it. I was with her a couple months ago and with her regular rebates plus a bonus or two she got almost $8 more back then she spent on the items. I can’t remember specifics now but she spent something like $18 and got $26 back. She had several free item things which helps. After she got home that day she cashed out her Ibotta and had $26 to add to her budget for the next week. You can’t do that all the time, but if the stars all align you can make a little money off Ibotta. I look at Ibotta before I go to the store, but I don’t use it much.

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    • Anita
      September 13, 2021

      Thank you Diane, I’ll take another look at Ibotta after I handle the issues with my kidneys.

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  9. Debby
    September 12, 2021

    Kidney stones hurt – I feel for you. Congratulations on being 10 years off cigarettes. That’s not easy.

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    • Anita
      September 12, 2021

      Actually my daughter told me it was more like 13 years. Her memories are better than mine. I still have an occasional craving but it passes quickly. Yes, the kidney stones can be worse than having a natural birth baby. I’ve had both so I know.

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  10. Leslie Saunders
    September 12, 2021

    Glad to hear your updates,Anita,and that your family is better. Stay safe🪴

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    • Anita
      September 12, 2021

      Thank you Leslie, you stay safe too.

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