I can definitely get down with more salt.
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I can definitely get down with more salt.
My anxiety is still pretty bad.
I called Hulky to check in. His sore throat is worse. The lozenges aren't helping and he is not good at explaining how things affect him, so I don't know if they just aren't working, or he isn't letting them hit the right spot in his throat. I will get some of that numbing spray on my way home from work.
I made the following suggestions and he seemed receptive:
-More Robitussin if he hasn't taken it already (gave him a dose this AM before I left for work)
-Boil some water & then hold your head over the steam w/ towel over your head to trap the steam. Add a few drops of tea tree oil. Stay for 5-10 min, if possible, and breathe through nose if you can.
-Gargle w/ warm salt water.
-Take a hot shower.
I really hope he doesn't end up with any kind of infection, esp. strep. I may have to bike tomorrow so he can get himself to the doctor.
It already sounds like strep. Don't let it go too long without treatment. Strep can turn into some nasty infections. You're doing a great job of mothering him.
Have you thought about shopping weekly instead of every few days? I will usually go shopping on the weekends. I stock up for the week and stick meats in the freezer if they were sale slashes (usually means they expire today unless tossed in a freezer) and just defrost what I need when I need it. We spend $200 a week, but it helps me keep grocery costs under control. I have $200 for the week to spend on a primal/paleo week for my family. This week I didn't spend that much ($130 I think), but we get a week's worth of veggies, fruits and meats. Everything lasts the week (freshness wise) without spoiling.
When I got together with my second husband, he was paying off three credit cards, a student loan, and a car. He couldn't figure out why he wasn't getting ahead as he had a decent job. Here's what I had him do.
List the five sources of debt, not by largest to smallest, but by highest interest to lowest.
Calculate total minimum payment per month on all of the debt.
Pick a realistic extra amount that you can pay each month even if it's only $20/month.
Stop using credit cards.
Starting with the highest interest debt, pay the amount of extra you decided you can pay towards it in addition to the min pmt. Pay the minimum on all the rest.
Once that one is paid off, use the extra + minimum + the minimum on the one you paid off to pay down the second highest interest debt, while paying the minimum on all the rest.
Keep doing that, always adding the minimum of the paid off ones to the minimum of the one your paying down plus the extra you decided in the beginning.
This system really works well. Sometimes people think that paying off the largest debt first is what they should do, but what you really should care about is how much you're paying for every dollar owed. So, a $3,000 cc balance at 9% should definitely be gotten rid of before a $20,000 loan at 7% and so on.
Once you've paid off your ccards, resolve never to use them except for emergencies or if you absolutely know you'll pay off the entire balance that month.
Hope some of that helps.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.
Dave Ramsey says to sell anything you owe money on. Buy only what you can pay cash for. Pay off the smallest revolving debt first, then take that payment and add it to the payment you currently make on the next smallest debt. Smallest debts disappear faster, freeing up money more quickly than paying off the largest debts/largest interests first. Interest rate does not matter in regard to Dave's plan b/c you're not looking to save money on your debts, you're simply trying to get rid of them as quickly as possible and with the most momentum and motivation you can - paying off debts is motivational.
I've followed Dave's plan and it works very well... Brad and I just aren't as disciplined with it as we need to be to stick with it and we're not willing to sell things we owe money on (i.e. our cars, etc). Quite honestly, the only debt I'm concerned about is our credit card debt. The rest is not bothersome to me.
Joanie, your plan sounds a lot like the plan on BankRate.com. It's a great plan, but it depends on what your goals are (pay off as inexpensively as possible vs pay off as quickly as possible). Both plans get you to the same place.
I told Hulky to call the nurses station at my doctor's office. They said based on his symptoms (which apparently includes a fever and shortness of breath now, which he did NOT tell me) that he needs to get in for an appointment ASAP or to urgent care. We will go to a walk-in clinic right after work. There's going to absurd amounts of traffic barring our way wherever we go.
I am irritated that he does not care for himself when he's sick. If not for my badgering, he probably would have ended up in the hospital (though that remains to be seen).
remember no kissing
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Brad and I only kiss each other on the cheek when one is sick. We have the same rule with our kids.
I hope Hulky is feeling better soon.