Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Well, it has happened to us. My husband just found out he will no longer have a job after December 31st. We are pretty well prepared, as he was thinking of retiring next June, after he turns 65. Still, it's a bit of a rude awakening to realize there won't be a paycheck coming in. Even more important, our health insurance will no longer be in effect. No more doctor visits, no more dental work, no more prescriptions... unless it comes out of our pockets.
He can get Cobra to continue our insurance, but it's expensive. I guess we will have to do that, though, until he is old enough for Medicare. Wait... Medicare? That's for old people! Somehow, I never thought we would be THAT old. Medicare is for our parents and grandparents, isn't it? Suddenly, the machinations going on in Congress are personal. What a time to be going on Social Security and Medicare... just when they are fighting over what's going to happen to it!
My mindset has changed overnight. I intend to start using coupons for everything I buy. I already returned some clothes I had bought that still had the tags on. I plan to minimize my driving to save on gas. I will cancel magazine subscriptions and start selling things on ebay. It's amazing how your outlook on life can change overnight.