Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Friday and the Internets are buzzing

The first two links are about unintended consequences:

  • People are traveling to Mexicali, Mexico to get affordable healthcare.  These are mainly low-income people who don't have insurance, but apparently some insurance plans are encouraging subscribers to go to keep costs down.  It will be interesting to see how the recent SCOTUS decision affects this.  I was just kind of taken with the idea of a doctor who was available to answer your calls and questions anytime, and a nurse who warmed your hand before giving you a shot. 

(By the way, just so we're clear, I am all for recycling and access to good health care, have no problems with anyone going over the border to get healthcare, but am just struck by the current and the future potential unintended consequences of what we do.)

Steve has a ravioli recipe that can't be beat.

Lili talks about thrifty freezer and food storage.

Bryallen wants to know what you'd do with a £1,000 windfall (or, going by the exchange rate, a $1,553.52 windfall for me).  Honestly, I'd put it into savings.  

Make your own homemade almond extract for much less than what you'd pay for at the store.

Club Thrifty talks about the benefits of working a regular job, as opposed to being an entrepreneur. 

We're in for another heat wave again here in New England.  Here are some tips for staying cool that won't break the bank.

Update: This from nicoleandmaggie: Equifax is TERRIBLE.


  1. Hi Pamela,
    Up where we are, in the Seattle vicinity, some people cross the border to Canada to get flu shots in autumn. Not so much because of cost, but availability. Anyone remember a couple of years ago when they couldn't make enough vaccines for the early autumn rush? Well the Clipper ( Seattle to British Columbia ferry) was offering flu vaccine packages. Yeah, it'll be interesting to see what happens with healthcare in the US with the Supreme Court decision this week.
    Thanks for the link.

  2. We are in for a heat wave here too. It was 105 degrees yesterday. Wonder what today will bring.

  3. In Michigan, for years we have seen the wealthy Canadians cross the border and come to us for better quality health care. My best friend lived in Ontario for years (she just moved back to the states this past month) and said that a diagnosis of cancer in Canada was pretty much a death sentence because of the delay in getting a good diagnosis and starting proper health care. It WILL be interesting to see what the future brings. However, medications frequently are cheaper in Canada (and some through the years haven't required a prescription like they would have in the USA) so many Americans have gone to Canada for them.