December 5th, 2014
| Survivor: Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Cancer is expensive. All these new costs in your life can quickly make it seem like you don't have enough money to do the things that you used to do before. Here are some tricks that Mallory, a cancer survivor, uses to make budgeting more manageable.
Let's get real for a second - cancer is f***ing expensive! Even for those who had great insurance and just paid for co-pays, cancer is still expensive! If you're paying more than just co-pays, all of those scans and treatments and visits with the doctor definitely add up (and quickly). If you're traveling somewhere for appointments and treatments, you are now factoring in extra gas, food eaten somewhere besides your own home, and lost time away from work. That babysitter job that you used to have to supplement your income, that probably has to go because of your lower than before energy level and semi-frequent days spent at the doctor's office. Or the babysitter that you now need to hire to watch your kids after school, on days when you're not feeling well costs money too. See what I mean? There are a million different scenarios out there to fit the thousands of cancer patients, but for every single one of us, life just got more expensive.
For a lot of people, the added expenses caused by cancer mean that budgeting becomes a necessity. Actually making your budget will depend on a lot of factors including school and household expenses, treatment costs, and much more. While everyone's actual budget will look different, here are some tips and tricks that I used when starting to think about how better to spend money.
Remember that all the little expenses add up.
There is almost always a cheaper option.
Do spend a little money where it makes you happy.
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