By Heather Legg
It seems everywhere you look, prices are going up. We all know gas prices are super high right now, as well as groceries. I think everyone is looking for a way or two to cut costs wherever we can, and if you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, that is just another expenditure you are incurring. Here are some tips on some ways you may find plausible to help save a little here and there in the allergy category:
• Plan meals carefully. Save going out to your favorite allergy safe restaurant for a special occasion. Think about what you will cook and how you can use leftovers as well. As long as you are making an allergy safe meal, put the leftovers to good use.
• Save convenience foods for specific purposes. Convenience foods, especially allergy safe ones, can be expensive. Save the individually packaged foods for school snacks or for keeping with you for hunger emergencies. While at home, snack on something else.
• Make it yourself. Instead of buying the expensive allergy free brands of things, make them yourself. There are lots of good sites out there with recipes to use.
• If you see something you often use on sale, buy more of it, unless it is perishable. Don’t buy it if you can’t use it all, though; throwing it out is just like throwing money out.
• Buy OTC medicine if your insurance doesn’t cover all your prescription meds. With all that is out there now, you do have a wide choice for allergy medicine.
• Call your doctor instead of going there as long as it isn’t an emergency. If you just have a few questions about something, call the office. A nurse may be able to help or have the doctor call you back. This will save on gas as well as your co-pay.
• Think about investing in a treatment that may not save money right now, but will over time. NAET, acupuncture, or immunotherapy may be expensive now, but can save money over the years as you won’t need daily allergy medicine or as many doctor visits.
• Try a neti pot. This is a one time cost, and not a very big one, and you may find you can forego your medicine and other treatments.
• Try some of the allergy free bedding available or invest in a HEPA filter in your home to work on avoidance rather than treatment. Again, it may be a little money down but can save long term.
See http://allergies.about.com/od/noseandsinusallergies/a/cheaptreatment.htm and http://foodallergies.about.com/od/livingwithfoodallergies/tp/frugalliving.htm for more information on cutting costs with allergies.