Last summer I did a guest post over at Bargaineering called “Sick happens: How to prepare for an illness or injury.” For the past week I’ve been in the grip of la grippe and practicing what I preached.
It’s not actually la grippe, but rather some other kind of virus: sore throat, headache, malaise and a cough that snaps me forward like a willow tree in a high wind. I’m acutely aware that my Aunt Elna was alleged to have broken ribs while coughing.
At least I was ready for it.
As noted in the Bargaineering article, I had the supplies I needed:
- Generic versions of Advil, Sudafed and Robitussin
- Sugar-free throat drops
- Tea bags and cocoa mix (hot beverages are so soothing)
- Soup, crackers, dried and canned fruit, eggs, hot cereal and other nourishing, easy-to prepare foods
Bonus: All were laid in at sale prices, sometimes deeply discounted. At least two of those items were free with coupons.
It’s only February, folks, and there’s plenty of cooties out there still. Now – when you’re not sick – is the time to check your own supplies and/or to start building your own emergency stash.
Cold meds and other items are still going on sale regularly. If you don’t have a well-stocked pantry, start watching grocery circulars for good prices on staples that are easy to prepare.
Best-case scenario: You make it through the winter without a single sniffle. That’s okay; most of these things will hold over.
“Be prepared” is more than the Boy Scouts’ marching song. It’s what will make you slightly more comfortable should you succumb to a rhinovirus after all. Imagine feeling sick as a dog and discovering there’s not so much as a single aspirin in the house, let alone a can of chicken soup.
You may find yourself shambling out to the nearest store – maybe even a convenience store – in search of supplies. It’s bad enough that you have to take something as nasty-tasting (though effective) as Robitussin. Overpaying for it would just be aggravating.