Are You Taking Good Care of Things?

by Christina Brown · 4 comments

in Frugal Living

I recently came across an interesting infographic at Frugal Dad.

The infographic (which you will see below) outlines the staggering costs associated with emergency dental care.  Too often, we put off a routine visit to the dentist because our insurance coverage is poor (or non-existent).  I didn’t go to the dentist for three years when I was first out of college.  The price: Four cavities, and I had never had a cavity in my life before then.   We’ve even had to deal with major vet bills because we didn’t take good care of our dog’s teeth!

It is so important to make a budget for maintenance costs.  That could mean taking care of your home heating system. Or it could mean getting regular dental cleanings.   If it is hard for you to afford these things, figure out ways to do them for less – like visiting a community college dental program, bartering for home repairs, or teaching yourself how to change the oil in your car.

Make the time and find a way to take care of things.  You and your wallet will be better for it.

Emergency Room Dentists Infographic


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sheila April 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

I laughed when I saw this, because I actually stopped reading his blog because of all the infographics! I am not in any way writing this comment to complain about your posting an infographic – it just seemed like he stopped posting anything else and it was/is a format that I just can’t get into. You are exactly right. Putting off any maintenance costs can put cause you to have to spend much more in the long run. I don’t struggle with this with teeth, but I hate having to do auto maintenance and I just don’t think about maintenance of things like heat and a/c systems as much as I should.


2 Christina @ Northern Cheapskate April 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

I promise I won’t let the infographics overtake this site, Sheila! I just thought this one was interesting. I have struggled (and watch people I know struggle) financially because of failure to keep up with the basic maintenance of things…. just wanted to share a reminder of the cost of procrastination!


3 Marta April 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

Maintenance costs can be tricky. Sometimes people/companies will try to sell you maintenance you don’t really need (and here I’m thinking specifically of cars, not teeth). It can be hard to know what will really benefit you and what is a waste of money. All the more reason to get to know people in the business and stick to the ones you trust.


4 Christina @ Northern Cheapskate April 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Good point, Marta! If you don’t do your homework, it would be easy for a less than stellar repair person or salesman persuade you to spend money doing maintenance that either doesn’t need to be done, or could be done for a fraction of the cost. Good advice.


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