Who doesn't love saving a little money?
However, sometimes there's a tendency to focus on the wrong things - save a little here and there but lose sight of the bigger picture.
"Penny wise, pound foolish" - as the saying goes.
Last year, it cost the US government 1.5 cents to make a penny which is only worth 1 cent.
Zinc - 97.5% of the penny - increased 3x in price over the last 15 years. Despite the cost of the penny outpacing the value since 2006, attempts to ditch the penny have not been welcome by the public. But getting rid of it would save $69 million dollars - no chump change.
On a national scale or on an individual level, we've all been guilty of looking at the short-term cost reduction rather than the end-game.
Here are 4 ways you might be "penny wise but pound foolish" when trying to get pregnant...
- Supplements - skipping them altogether or buying cheap brands which aren't as well absorbed as high quality ones, resulting in expensive pee
- Foods - favoring inexpensive, processed, convenient, non-organic foods that will satiate your hunger over more nutrient dense ones that build a strong foundation for a healthy baby
- Not getting the right tests to establish your baseline, including the semen analysis - if you don't have the necessary information, you don't know what you're dealing with
- Not getting a second opinion can result in hasty decisions from fear of losing time
These cost cutting measures save you money now but they might end up costing you precious fertile time and more money in the long run with really expensive procedures like IVF and inseminations.
Take a deep breath, evaluate your priorities, and budget accordingly.
Override your emotional, reflexive tendency to save money which stems from a fear of not having enough and analyze logically what makes the most sense in the long run.
All my best,
Julie Chang, L.Ac
Natural Fertility Eggspurt