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August 27th, 2010 at 07:23 am

I think my goal for 2011 will be not to spend any money. Big Grin I was just saying how I am doing just dandy on my savings goals, but expenses are another story. Even before this latest doozy. So, maybe if I put my mind to expenses. Try to will Murphy away. It's not ALL Murphy, but we have had plenty of Murphy thrown in, no doubt. It all started when I smashed my car door last year, and hasn't seemed to let up!

That said, what's done is done, and there is nothing I can do about it.

How it this for positive thinking? Since our upcoming Hawaii trip comes with free airfare and free hotel, I decided to just pretend like the massive dental bills are really for the Hawaii trip. It's hard to get upset about a couple of thousand dollars when you are spending a week in paradise for free. Good timing?

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Of course, I had a good talk with a friend. She was saying how her neighbor's teenaged child kept losing his retainer. Ouch!

& suddenly it hits me - that my 7yo will be responsible for a $500 retainer. Yikes!!!!!

The plus side is that we do not put anything disposable in his lunch. So we will talk to him about putting it inside his lunch bag at lunch. If he forgets it there, whatever. We will have to check after school. But I don't necessarily see much throwing away, unless he buys lunch and sets it on the tray. Ugh... Of course, if he loses it that way, a no school lunch policy might be the result.

I hadn't thought of any of this, but was a good heads up. She told me, "I am sure your kid is much more responsible than my neighbor's son." Um, the 7-year-old? I am not so sure! He can't even remember to take his backpack, after 2 years of school. Lord help me!

3 Responses to “Positive Thinking”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    My friend Maria wore a retainer when we were second graders. I actually remember being impressed by how grown up and methodical she was about two things at lunch time! 1.) She always put her retainer into her shirt pocket. When she finished lunch she always went straight to the restroom to wash her retainer and put it back in her mouth. 2.) She always folded up her paper lunch bag and put it into that same pocket until after lunch recess so that she could take it home for re-use.

    I think having worn uniform blouses that had a chest pocket was the thing that made the "retainer retention" habit so possible. Maybe your son could wear t-shirts, polo-shirts, and button downs that have a pocket so that the retainer doesn't risk going into the trash at lunch.

    Also, is there such a thing as retainer replacement insurance?

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Actually, I was mentioning all this to dh this morning. At which point he tells me that it is not a removeable retainer. (Which basically means this is more BRACES territory. Yikes!)

    But I can't help but wonder if this is why - to prevent losing them with younger kids. Since for all intensive purposes, it is just a retainer. But, I guess one less thing to worry about. Phew!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I was just going to suggest that very thing - some kind of a "permanent" retainer. That ... or telling him that if he loses it he'll get to work off the price of it in extra chores -- especially ones he doesn't care to do. Smile Heh, I'm evil like that though. ;D

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