I took DH to his eye exam this morning and he picked out some glasses (his first ever). They should be ready in about a week. He did of course need the progressive type, which adds to the cost. But, I did great on estimating how much it would cost. I budgeted $300 and with sales tax and adding the clip on sunglasses for $15 we came in at $308 total. Not that he was trying to, but surprisingly he ended up liking the cheapest frames they had the best. This was long overdue so I am glad to have this finally checked off my to-do list.
Yesterday I started working on getting our 2012 medical and dental costs tallied up for tax purposes. I knew premiums were right at $5,000 for the year, but I had "guesstimated" in my head the rest of the out-of-pocket for deductible, prescriptions and dental (DD had wisdom teeth out) to be $4000. It was actually almost $7000! Wow, no wonder I had to use up all our EF and felt like I had no extra money all year. And he still didn't even meet his $3500 deductible - prescription costs were a huge chunk of it. This year, if DH can just stay the course with his current meds and have no additional problems, I am estimating out of pocket (not counting premiums) to be in the neighborhood of $2500. I'd even be happy if this ends up half of the $7,000 it was for 2012.
I don't have all my tax documents yet, but my initial estimate with running the numbers is about a $1000 refund, so that is good news. I'm ready to have a better year financially!