4 Financial Benefits to Being Sick

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benefits to being sick

Cold and flu season is in full swing and it’s brutal. Normally, I don’t worry about it because I rarely get sick.

This time however, it hit me pretty hard. I was sick for 10 days and missed 4 days of work.

Most of the days were during the holiday break so I didn’t really “miss work”, but who wants to be sick during their break?

For the most part I don’t complain or take medication so I suffer in silence. When I do make noise, it’s because it’s REALLY BAD. While I was stuck inside my apartment being sick, I noticed there’s a few financial benefits to it.

You save money on groceries

My grocery list consisted of soup, cough drops (aka cough lollies) hot tea, water and a few other things.

I saved money on groceries since I didn’t feel like eating much while my throat was swollen and hurting so much. It’s great for the budget, and for keeping weight off. 🙂

There’s extra time to be productive

After the initial “hey I get time off work” thing wears off, it can get really boring really fast. I can only rest so much before I get antsy.

When you’re sick there’s extra time to catch up on reading, clean the kitchen or get some freelance work done. It’s a great time to be productive and check off items on the checklist.

At the very least you can catch up on all the Vampire Diaries episodes (yes, it’s a teenage show, but I love it!).

You don’t go out and spend money

When your whole body aches and you look like you’ve been run over by a truck, you definitely don’t feel like going out.

You don’t want to see friends, go to the movies or do anything social, which means you won’t be spending money! Your entertainment budget stays in tact.

You can start brainstorming

After so many days in a row of the same scenery inside your house, it’s easy to get bored. Once you’ve exhausted watching movies, reading books and being productive, you can move on to brainstorming ideas.

You can think of some great ways to save money, or make side income from a hobby, or even research things to sell online.

While this post is funny, it’s still kind of true. If you’re stuck at home being sick (like me) you can at least be comforted by the fact it’s not a complete waste of time.

How do you take advantage of being sick?


    •  Daisy I used to be a cold fx user too whenever I got sick.  I don’t think I’ll ever take it again.  I couldn’t find it on youtube, but there’s a video out there exposing the truth behind the company.  There’s all kinds of bad things behind that company and their false claims.  It might still help some people, but they are a dishonest company.

  1. Melissa says:

    Haha, you’re totally right! I’ve written before about the financial COSTS to getting sick, but there are definitional ways to save, too. I was really sick over the holidays and I barely ate ANYTHING for about two weeks. Granted, I was staying with my parents at the time, so I saved them money, not me, but still.

    Then again, now that I’m freelancing, I don’t get paid sick days, so it’s even more crucial that I stay healthy. *gulp* scary stuff. No getting sick!

    • Oh for sure. When you are your own boss, there are no paid sick days and you gotta schedule in down time. Otherwise you get behind. At least there’s a few benefits 🙂 but still, no getting sick is the best policy.

  2. Carrie,

    Interesting view point. You can also add one more benefit. When you are sick, you are least stressed as the entire world leave you alone. And, sometimes, it is good to have no phone calls or things to do.


    • That’s a very interesting point! It’s true, having some quiet downtime and less stress is really nice. It can definitely help when you’re sick. Thanks for the comment Shilpan.

  3. AverageJoe says:

    Here’s what I’m learning about you. You could find the bright side of a car wreck and write “5 Awesome Things That Happen When You Meet People At The Car Wreck.” Incredible. What a gift.

    My head is usually WAY too stuffy for me to get any brainstorming done or read when I’m sick. But, I do save cash on groceries and don’t go out to eat….

    • Haha, it’s true! I can always find the silver lining in something. Plus it’s fun to throw some sarcasm in my posts. It keeps it interesting. 🙂 Glad I can keep entertaining you.

  4. Well this is definitely thinking positively.  You sure do save money when you’re at home sick.  Unfortunately some sicknesses drain your energy and limit your productivity. As Melissa mentioned, some of us don’t get paid sick days which kills the financial benefit.

  5. Savvy Scot says:

    I like your positive thinking – especially given that you are still being paid you are motivating yourself to be productive, I think Modest Money is right though – some illnesses/sicknesses prevent you from doing this altogether. My commute is extremely costly – £10 ($16) per day, so I take advantage of the money saved this way in addition to limited spending on food. It normally forces me to eat things out the freezer like I should be doing anyways 😉

    • That’s a true point Scot. If it’s something other than a cold or allergies, some sicknesses can really hit us hard and make it difficult to be productive. I like your idea of saving money on the commute when you’re stuck at home. That’s another nice benefit to being sick 🙂

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