As soon as you get some extra money, a bill, or unexpected expense arises seemingly out of nowhere for almost the same amount?
My mom called me a few weeks ago and reminded me that she had been saving a small amount of money for me ($10/mo) since I started graduate school and wanted to give it to me. I had no recollection of this, so of course I was happy to get roughly $300 that I wasn’t expecting.
A few days later, I realized I was on my last pack of birth control pills. Crap. My insurance from my job doesn’t kick in until September. Last year, I got my birth control pills from Planned Parenthood, and because I qualified as low-income, I got them for free. I called them again this time around, but now I make ‘too much money’ and don’t qualify for the free program.
Ok, I get it. I should pay my fair share now that I am making more money. They want to charge me $130 for a consultation and $55/mo for the pills! To get my prescription from now until September, will cost me about $300.
Money in, money out. It felt so nice to have that extra money, even for just a bit. And in a sense, it still is extra money, as I won’t have to go out of my own formal budget to pay for it. It’s just annoying. I was looking forward to paying off more debt.
I asked them why I needed a consultation, if I saw them last year and they know my health history. Apparently, I have to have a current one in order to get a prescription. I have to play by their rules.
Have you been in a similar financial situation? Tell me your story!