Thursday, February 4, 2010

Teeth and Toaster Ovens

My financial planning for 2010 is going alright, but I keep getting wrenches thrown in my plan!  I went to the dentist about 2 weeks ago for a checkup and was told that I had 3 cracked teeth!!  Luckily, one isn't bad enough to do anything about right now, but that meant that I needed to have two uncomfortable procedures done and then pay for half of two crowns!!  Ouch!  Luckily, I went to a dentist that is covered by my dental insurance, or I'd be paying a whole lot more than that.  But the $800 to $900 I'll be paying for my portion of the crowns is bad enough!!  What do they make those things out of?  I thought they were porcelain, but I don't remember my huge toilet costing that much!!  Think about how many crowns it would take to make a toilet!  Hmm...it's funny that crowns are made of porcelain, just like toilets, and sometimes toilets are called "The Throne."  What is it with porcelain and royalty?  Anyway, I digress.

The reason I'm bringing the whole tooth situation up even though it happened 2 weeks ago is that last night, one of my temporary crowns fell out!  And I chomped on it!  Not good!  My coffee this morning wasn't as enjoyable, as I had to try to figure out a way to keep liquid only on the right side of my mouth.  (Just in case you're wondering how it works, the short answer is that it doesn't.)  And I brought tomato soup with me for lunch today.  I know - sometimes I'm not that bright.  I have an appointment to get another temporary crown on that tooth early this afternoon.  I hope they don't charge me even more - grrrrr.  I guess I'm also lucky that the crown that came out wasn't the one that's right at the front of my mouth!  That would have been embarrassing!  I really should count my blessings more often.

So I was bummed about having to spend money that we were hoping was going to go toward the Mommy-Mobile on my teeth.  Then, 2 days ago, our toaster oven went on the fritz.  What is it with bad things happening in groups???  Do they happen in 3's?  I don't even want to think about what's going to happen next!

Now I'm stuck trying to figure out what I'm going to do about our toaster oven.  I stopped by Goodwill last night to see if they had one, and they did (they actually had 2).  But they looked beat up and unacceptable.  Even at only $8, the savings there wasn't worth what my kitchen would look like with a piece of junk on the counter!  I'm really in a dilemma!  I want to get something that will last for a while without costing a fortune.  But what's a fortune when it comes to toaster ovens?  I've found a pretty good-looking Black & Decker model on Amazon.com (I'm SO glad they sell more than just books!) and it's less than $30 shipped.  I guess that's a pretty good deal.  But it won't ship until Feb. 9th, and then it will take 5 to 9 days to get here.  And I know that a toaster oven isn't an actual necessity, but it sure is convenient!  I'm just not too keen on waiting that long just to get free shipping on the thing.  And to add to my confusion and frustration, they make toaster ovens with lots of nice conveniences nowadays (like convection heating, rotisserie capabilities, etc.) and then I start thinking, "Maybe I should put a little bit more money into it and get something really nice."  And then I come back to the realization that we've created a pretty tight budget for ourselves.  Oh, the agony!

Do you have any suggestions for me?  Where you think I might find one that's good but cheap?  Recommendations on a good toaster oven that doesn't cost a fortune?  I know that the longer I wait, the longer I don't have a toaster oven, but I want to make a wise purchasing decision.  Blogosphere, help me!!

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