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Do you realize there are ways to be frugal when going to the hospital? The Last thing you want to do when visiting or even when a patient at the hospital is spending money when you don’t have to. Sometimes going to the hospital can be costly whether you are a patient or just visiting someone. Sometimes when visiting someone, the patient is there more than a couple days. If it serious, I am sure you will be visiting them more than once.
** If you are visiting a relative, maybe there are more relatives in the area that also would be visiting that person. Check to see if they would want to carpool. One day the two of you can ride in your car and the next day the two of you can ride in her car together. This way one person is saving on gas. Also after the visit, you can talk about your visit or any medical information that the other may have questions about.
** If you are a visitor or patient, make sure to bring some change with you. You may want a snack to eat while you are there. I do understand sometimes a stay in the hospital is not planned.
** Also if you are a visitor waiting while a relative is getting a procedure done, bring snacks of your own such as fruit snacks, peanut butter on cracker packages, dried cranberries/raisins, chips, or candy.
** Sometimes you may need something to read as a patient or as a visitor to pass the time waiting. Bring magazines or newspapers from home. Or even borrow from a neighbor. Instead of having to buy from the hospital gift shop.
** If you are a patient, and you know you will going into the hospital for a time, remember to bring your toothbrush and toothpaste.
** If you are visiting at the hospital, you may find yourself there all day and tired by the time you get home. The last thing you want to do is make dinner. Instead of buying fast food on your way home, put a meal in the crock pot before you head to the hospital.
Sometimes it is hard to be frugal. We have to work at being frugal all the time. Each time you leave think about how you can be frugal and save money.