Spend Management in the Medicine Cabinet

The flu knocked me down so hard this week, I was not sure if I would be able to get out of bed on at least two days. But the silver lining of the whole event was discovering an absolutely miracle cure for a killer sore throat which, given the obscenely cheap total cost, is something everyone in a similar sad state should consider. This cure I speak of is so simple -- combine a few ounces of warm water with 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. And gargle away for as long as you can stand it (a minute is enough). Within the hour, the sore throat was nearly gone (I repeated the procedure the following day just to be sure). Given that the cost of an entire vial of cayenne pepper set me back $1.29 at the grocery store -- versus seven bucks for a topical sore throat spray -- I'd say that's one heck of a deal, considering it appears to have gotten rid of the ailment rather than simply covering it up. So don't let anyone tell you that gone old fashioned Spend Management practices are irrelevant when it comes to personal medical care. Spending less can sometimes yield better results.

- Jason Busch

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