1. I finished the prunes!
Remember how I told you all I was working through an extremely leathery container of prunes?
Well, many bowls of oatmeal later, I found the bottom of the container.
In the last month or so, with oatmeal as a vehicle, I have now finished:
- the container of prunes
- half a bag of dates
- a 3/4 full bag of currants that I bought for who knows what reason
- a very elderly container of unsweetened coconut
And I’m currently on a container of dates that have been living here for quite some time.
Obviously, I need to be a little more circumspect about my dried fruit buying in the future!
2. I called Cigna to fix two problems
One claim had been denied altogether, despite being in-network.
Good news: that one is the doctor’s office’s fault, and they will take care of it.
The other problem was a self-submit claim from December that’s been sitting there in final processing for a long time.
The rep and I looked over what I’d submitted, agreed that everything was as it should be, and she sent it back out for resubmission.
And since this one is from December, when our deductible was met, this resubmission should result in a check for me!
3. I took care of a $2543 dental bill
Sonia had her wisdom teeth out in October, and I just got a letter saying we needed to pay $2543 and that her oral surgeon was out of network.
None of that seemed right to me!
So, I called and found out that Delta Dental requires an EOB (explanation of benefits) from Cigna, our medical insurance, before they will pay.
I got that PDF sent over, and now our balance owed should be a tidy $0.
PSA: Know your medical plans and make it a habit to question your bills. You can save thousands of dollars this way and these savings can outpace a zillion other frugal habits in a hurry. Totally worth your time!
On a related note, here are six things I learned from submitting out-of-network medical bills.
4. I used up the last of the Nutella
My level of virtue is high, no?
I used a spatula to get every last bit out, and I spread it on banana chunks.
Bananas with Nutella make a very nice dessert, and as desserts go, this one does have some redeeming nutritional qualities.
And that fits right in with my, “Add in more of the good stuff” dietary philosophy.
5. I used some wrinkly potatoes for science
The biology class Sonia and I are taking called for another potato experiment this week.
I figured this would be a perfect use for some rather wrinkly potatoes I found on the pantry shelf, and they did indeed work just fine.
Bonus frugal school thing: I printed this week’s lab manual pages on the back side of last week’s lab manual pages.