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Leftover Money

May 30th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Being sick for a week has been good for our bottom line. I ended up with $205 in savings from money I didn't spend this week. I had originally intended for this to go for groceries. Of course, not eating for 3 days and DD not eating for 3 days, made a big difference in groceries, too.

So I am setting that money aside. I am not going to put it into the Emergency Fund no matter how much I want to. I am going to put it into a temporary fund earmarked towards FIL's upcoming heart surgery. He is going to be having one for a bulging aorta soon, which was a result of the myocardial infarction he had a couple of years ago. He is choosing to go to Wisconsin to do it. The best doctor for that particular operation is there. The second best is here, but I guess they don't want to take that chance, even though it would be massively less expensive.

So they'll be there for a while and MIL wants DH to be able to come for part of it. DH can't take off work so it would have to be during one of his home shifts. We really can't afford it without wiping out a lot of our savings. Round trip flight will be around $800. Several days in a hotel and food around $1200. So we're looking at trying to come up with $2000.

I won't take it out of our Emergency Fund. The EF is for our emergencies, not other people's decisions to fly halfway across the country. So I'm going to try to squeeze it out elsewhere. I figure if I raid some of our other funds, the laptop fund, the Christmas fund, the Hawaii 2018 Fund, the appliance fund and the college fund, that's $700. So that puts me at $905. I'd just need to figure out where the other $1095 will come from.

I guess some of it can come from the overtime week DH is working. I still want to save $1000 for the EF from that, but I figure I can at least put the freezer on hold again and the $1000 for that could be saved in the temp fund. I doubt he'll get it scheduled before the end of summer, so we can likely save the difference.

I am trying not to be resentful of the fact that we will have to spend this $2000 on something that is not our goals. I know this is important to offer support to the in-laws. But I can't help feeling like if it was me, I'd do it locally and save the extra expense. It's not like the doc here is bad at this surgery. The other guy has just done it more. But this guy trained under that guy so the skill set should be there.

It's one thing if there was no one available locally, but there is. At least FIL can do all of his follow up care here. I will work on keeping my resentment to myself. It is uncharitable of me and not something I want the in-laws to see, because I do love them like parents. Parents who often think with their hearts and not their heads, but parents nonetheless.

8 Responses to “Leftover Money”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Why would a few days in a hotel and food cost $1200 for one person???

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Is he going to Froedert Hospital, Robin? There are some decent motels around there that don't cost the earth. Let me know if I can do anything if he's in Milwaukee. I'm happy to help if I can.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--$150 a day for hotel for 5 or 6 days, 2 days of travel food, $60 a day for food for DH while he's there, plus I know DH will be tempted to treat his mother and sister (who will be going) for dinners out at least a couple of times.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    MEC--I'm not sure of the name of the hospital, but it is in Milwaukee. That might be it. I haven't got all the details yet. Thanks for the offer.

  5. Frugaltexan Says:

    Oh ok. Could he stay at a Comfort Inn or something like that for $50/night instead? Or is there not anything like that near where he needs to be?

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    How Frustrating. Not sure we will ever hear the end of it, ourselves, about my own spouse not choosing a "top Doctor" hundreds of miles away (for brain surgery). It wasn't practical in the least, and we weren't particularly sold on the guy anyway.

    It would be another thing if we didn't have several top medical facilities *in our own backyard.* Sounds kind of the same when quibbling over first best or second best.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--There aren't any of the cheap hotels nearby. And DH needs to stay somewhere that has a good quality mattress or it will mess up his back the entire time he is there. We've learned that the hard way.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    MM--Yeah, it really is. I especially worry about how they are going to get him home. He can't fly and that's a long time to be sitting up for a heart patient. Even with the seat reclined it's going to be hard on him and I worry about wound care on the way home, too.

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