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Living on a Budget
From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, September 1, 2010
Helping Harrison ...
Regarding “99 Great Ways to Save” [July-August]: If Harrison Ford needs to save $6 on a movie ticket, send him to Clifton, N.J., and I’ll gladly treat him to a movie … and popcorn!
... Saving on drug costs
In savings tip No. 23—“bring your own drugs”—I got a chuckle over, “Some hospitals quadruple the price you would normally pay for prescription and over-the-counter medications.”
Several years ago, when I was in the hospital for a broken ankle, I told the hospital that I took the generic form of a hypothyroidism drug, and that I would not take their provided pills, since I suspected they would vastly overcharge.
They billed me anyhow, a total of $24 a pill for the brand-name drug, and I made them take it off of the bill. I purchase the generic drug at Costco for about 30 cents a pill.
Health care law
In “Health Law Impact” [Opinion], Rep. Eric Cantor warns AARP members that under the new health care law costs will go up. Isn’t this because amendments designed to control cost increases, most memorably the “public option,” were stripped from the proposed legislation by Republicans like Rep. Cantor?
In “Megaphones on the Midway,” editor Jim Toedtman is correct in his assessment that most people don’t know enough about the health care reform legislation to make an informed decision about it one way or the other. The same might be said of the legislators who rushed it into law.
So forgive those of us who are reluctant to swallow all the platitudes and reassurances being tossed our way about how everything is going to be OK once we find out what is actually in the bill. Buying “a pig in a poke” is not good business or good government.
My 6-year-old grandson and I had a great time with the “Save Dough” Alpha Sudoku: He did the puzzle and then we talked about old-fashioned slang. We made up a double-meaning saying: Save your dough and you’ll have plenty of bread.
Elizabeth L. Walsh
Sid Kirchheimer is 100 percent correct in encouraging everyone to check for their "missing" money online or by calling their state or city treasury ["Your 'Missing' Money Awaits You," In the News].
Two years ago I checked the websites he cited and found a substantial amount of money in my deceased father's name that had been deposited with the District of Columbia by a life insurance company. The money came from a policy that his mother had taken out on him in 1914 (of which he had no knowledge).
My father had always imagined himself an avid fisherman but never realized his dream of owning a boat. The proceeds helped his grandson, Chris (whom he never met), buy the bass boat his grandfather would have loved.
William N. Brown
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