This is a list I put together this past.. er.. February? It's from my blog, thus why it's worded as such. It hasn't been tweaked in awhile, but it should give you a good idea:
I put this post together awhile back about costs of supplements post-op. Yes, there are costs up-front.. psych evals, program fees, etc.. If you are having issues covering these basic costs, you really need to be aware that supplementation after any WLS is not cheap. I am not looking for any ways to make my costs less, btw. I'm simply stating the facts of what I take every day.
Keep in mind, I am almost 4 yrs post-op, listened to my surgeon's recommendations to take only 2 flintstones vitamins for almost 2 years, have had two kiddos, and now must play catchup with my labs. Not everyone needs all of this... those that keep close track on their own labs and not trust someone else to do their work for them (stupid stupid stupid) will be better off. I'm paying the price for my stupidity with how much I do have to take. So let that be a lesson.
(Following prices do not account for sales, BOGO offers, coupons, etc.)
Each day I take the following:
4 regular calcium citrate tablets 315mg per tab -- bottle of house brand at Target ran me $5.50, lasts one month
4 citrical petites 200mg per tab -- bottle at Target ran me $8.74 for 50 days, so 30 days runs $5.24, call it $5.25
1 1000mcg b-12 tablet -- bottle at Sam's runs me about $5, will last 3 months. Call it $2/month
2 multivitamins -- bottle runs me $11, and I get one month
4 vitamin c -- bottle runs me $11 and I need 2 per month, so $22 per month
12 25mg carbonyl iron tablets -- bottle runs me $5 from Target and I get 1.5 months (so $3.50 per month)
2 b-complex -- bottle runs me $11, I get 1 month
2 magnesium oxide 400mg - scripted, 1 month costs $8.00
5 5k vitamin D -- bottle runs me $15, has 50 days worth, so $9.00 per month
2 zinc tablets -- bottle runs me $5, has 50 days, so 1 month is $3.00
2 copper tablets - bottle runs me $5, has 50 days, so 1 month is $3.00
1 25k vitamin A - bottle runs me $5, has 100 days, so 1 month is $1.50
So a monthly total for my supplements? $84.75 plus applicable taxes, fees, and shipping.
My protein drinks.. The one I drink is 90 cents per serving. I drink one of each per day, on average, so that's $27.50.
I have to pay a copay for my labs. My D is low, my ferritin is low, and my iron is low.. so that's 4 draws per year until they go up. That's $25 a draw, on average. Let's call it 30 for ease of math, k? So another $10 per month.
So not even counting my low-carb lifestyle (milk, cheese, eggs, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.. are all *much* more expensive than crap), my $45 a month gym membership, or any of the other "frills" (nut visits, doctor visits, gas to get to appointments, etc.), I'm spending over a hundred *each month* just on maintenance.