I don't plan to get into a whole lot of griping about Obamacare... but I did discover this weekend the first impact of the new legislation on my family.
Starting in 2011, there will be a cap of $2500 on Flexible Spending Accounts (that doesn't directly impact us right now, we're way under that) and you will no longer be able to use those pre-tax monies to purchase over the counter medications.
So that means that the $20 or so per month that we spend on bandaids, tylenol and cough drops will no longer be able to be spent from our FSA. Which means we'll obviously reduce our contributions, resulting in an extra $14 per month in our paychecks. And if I add that to our grocery budget, we'll have $214 per month for groceries *and* medications.
But that means I have $6 less per month for those items. I know. $6 a month doesn't sound like much to most of you. But run those numbers and tell me how in the world I am supposed to not notice it. Right now, we have $200/month for groceries. That is $6.58 per day (averaged out over the year). That is for 7 people, remember, which means I spend less than a dollar a day per person to feed my family, on average. No, I don't know how I do it. For one thing, I skip a lot of meals.
I guess if I institute a one day a month fast for everyone, we'll be okay. We'll even have an extra $.58 per month to spend on groceries.
Like I don't have enough stress right NOW in feeding my family.
Anyone have a recipe for stone soup? Or tumbleweed soup, as we have more of those available than we do stones.