Saving Money While Being Sick – Help Me Plan Ahead

I have been sick the past handful of days and it made me think, “I spend a lot of money while I am sick that isn’t in my typical budget.”  Maybe its just because I am a young twentysomething guy that doesn’t ever plan on being sick, but I rarely have the right meds in medicine cabinet.  Nor do I have “sick” foods in my pantry such as chicken soup, etc.

When I get sick, here is how my day goes.

  1. Lay in bed until I can summon the strength to move.
  2. Bitch and moan as I find some clothes to wear to the grocery store.
  3. Go to the grocery store, and quickly grab whatever I may need (usually the name brand stuff that has all sorts of adjectives in it, “long-lasting, fast-acting, twice as potent”.
  4. Go home, get back into bed and realize that in my sickness, I forgot to buy food while at the grocery store.
  5. I find my phone and my wallet, order some chinese food with a big thing of wonton soup.
  6. Eat my soup and grumble at how bad I feel and the fact I just spent $50 in a day and I have nothing to show for it but symtoms of a sick guy.
  7. I go back to bed and hope that I will not feel this way for the rest of my life.

I swear, when I am sick, I become a sheep to advertising.  Instead of getting the generic store-brand ibuprofin, I get the name brand – everytime.  In reality, its all the same drug.

I am going to be putting together a little first aid sick kit next time I make it to the store.  This will hopefully last me years of random sick days and end up saving me money in the long run.

The contents of the kit:

  • Big bottle of ibuprofin
  • Generic Dayquil/Nyquil capsules
  • Big box of sudafed
  • Whatever is on sale size of pepto-bismol
  • Box of Tissues
  • 6-8 cans of chicken soup (only to be consumed when sick, so its always handy)

I’ll be honest, I already feel like I am forgetting something.  Let me know what else I should be picking up at the store so that I am prepared the next time the plague sweeps through my town by leaving a comment.

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