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.