Cheap chomp

November 10, 2010

Cheap, Journal

Lloyd’s been asking me to make dental appointments for about a year now, but I’ve never gotten around to it. What’s one more year after…… five? In addition to wanting to have good oral hygiene, he wanted to ask about getting another mouth guard since he thinks he’s grinding his teeth again.

(Years and years ago, back when we still believed that dentists were real, Lloyd was told that he was grinding his teeth down to nubbins, and he’d better wear a mouth guard if he knew what was good for him. So, $80 and a few days later, he had a custom-tailored tooth jacket, that he never washed he scrubbed diligently every night, but eventually became so disgusting that he no longer cared if the alternative was living with nubbins, and stopped wearing it.)

Well, now he cares. We consulted Dr. Wal-Mart. In his pharmacy section they have nifty mouth guards that you can put in hot water and fit to your teeth. I reached out for the $20 item, but Lloyd stayed my hand – “Not here. No, not here.”

He took me back to the athletics half section of one aisle department, where the exact same item (though labeled differently) was TWO DOLLARS. TWO DOLLARS!!

This would cost $160 at a dentist's office.

We bought enough to last a year, and now we’ll never have to believe in dentists again!

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6 Responses to “Cheap chomp”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I can’t not go to the dentist. My teeth are always in danger of falling out. Just Tuesday I had a broken filling re-constructed. The dentist is my friend.


  2. Brad Said on:

    Another tip: Sleeping pills and Benadryl are the same drug. If you need one or the other, compare prices before you buy.


  3. christina Said on:

    How many does he need in a year? Is this a calendar year ending 12/31/10 or a fiscal year ending 11/11/11? (I really just wanted an excuse to write that cool date early!)


  4. christina Said on:

    Is that like “you can never put too much water in a nuclear powerplant?” HA! I got it right! I always mess that up.


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