Friday, April 04, 2008

If it's not one thing...

Sigh. I spent 3 hours at the dentist this morning finishing up a root canal and a cavity. I never hated the dentist...until now. It's not that the dentist was bad necessarily. Actually, he was quite good. There is just something wholly unpleasant about spending hours in a chair, drooling on yourself while someone is drilling and poking and prodding in your mouth.

Today wasn't my first trip to the dentist. In the past two weeks, I've spent close to 7 hours in the dentist's office for one root canal and one cavity and I'm not done yet. I still have to go back in a couple weeks to have my permanent crown put on.

All in all, I've shelled out about $750 cash and had to take three days off of work (as a substitute teacher you don't get any sick days). Thankfully, I have some savings so it doesn't throw me back in the debt loop, but it sure does complicate my savings goals. The combination of cash outlay and loss of income makes this quite a significant financial event.

It just seems, if it's not one thing then it's another. Car repairs, medical expenses, graduation school fees...I can't get a break. Once I start making some financial headway, I get blasted with a major unexpected expense. I guess I'm doing alright considering I still have a bit of a cushion and I don't have any credit card debt, but will this ever end?

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E. Peevie said...

LP--Two things: One--I recently posted about why I love my dentist. Check it out--maybe you can hate your dentist visits a little less:

and two--No, it will never end. I remember when I was a kid, my parents would say, "things will be a little tight until payday." My parents are now in a retirement community--they're both in their 80s--and my mom just said it to me the other day! My husband and I say it to each other as well, and with three kids, parochial school, braces, and college, we expect that it will be a lifelong refrain.

But you are doing better than most with your successful debt reduction and your mature and sensible financial philosophy. Congrats.

And thanks for an interesting blog.

E. Peevie

change is a good thing said...

Ohh, I am so sorry that you have had to endure so much time in the dentist's chair. :( Thankfully you had the money available to pay the bill and didn't have to charge it, be thankful for that! I'm really enjoying your posts and your continued drive to live a more frugal simpler life.