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    April Frugals

    With longer days I am trying to drive consciously not turning on the headlights when I don't need them.

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    Got free mulch from the tree trimming crew that just went through (trimming around phone lines). It's not great, plenty of small sticks to pick out, but free and delivered, so there's a big plus! And it looks like various and sundry ground up tree bits, not that all-the-same-shape-and-color stuff most places sell. I really really hate the look of that sort of mulch. I prefer a more natural look, but have major muddy spots under large hollowed out shrubs that are too shady for ground covers, or any sorts of weeds, even. So this kind of mulch works really well there. (funny - to ME- story, our neighbor thought that the whole mulch around everything in the yard look was great, and spent much time and money accomplishing it. And her chickens loved it so much that in less than a month, you couldn't really tell she'd done it to start with. I almost felt bad for her, but to be fair, I had warned her that it was chicken-scratching manna, and she just laughed me off. She does have really happy chickens though)

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    My medical insurance is going up $5 a week because I haven't been able to find a doctor to see me without a mask, so my employer is charging me more for not getting preventive care. But I think without the unnecessary medical screenings they would always be nagging me to get, not all covered by insurance, it's probably a wash.

    This has prompted me to take care of my own health more. My new dentist offers fluoride free toothpaste at cleanings for those who want it, I have identified some farm stands I am going to get local, fresh food from, and I have resumed walking.

    We'll see if my way is more frugal than conventional medicine. I think it will be in both the short and the long run.

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    That's odd - none of the medical offices here require masks.

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    New Hampshire is starting to see the light, but Massachusetts probably never will:

    https://www.wmur.com/article/new-ham...-423/43548107#

    Will see if I can get in with the medical group associated with one of the NH hospitals. It would be good to at least have a primary care doctor in case of emergency.

    UPDATE: Not taking new patients.

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    All the medical groups require them in Maine, as does the hospital. Medical care in Maine is not up to standards elsewhere, from what I have seen.

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    And supposedly Mass will be free soon too - if you have a normal provider:

    https://www.wbur.org/news/2023/04/06...ode-newsletter

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    Paid off my car today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    Paid off my car today!
    Congratulations!!
    "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every, every minute?" Emily Webb, Our Town
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    Saving some by going largely vegan. Cheese was not cheap.

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