care http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1424/all en-US 9 Easy Ways Retirees Can Earn Extra Income http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-483959284.jpg" alt="Retired woman finding easy ways to earn extra income" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you want to boost your retirement savings before you hit the magical age of 65, or you need some side income as a retiree, you are in luck. The Internet has made it easier than ever to earn money without committing to a 9-to-5.</p> <p>Here are nine websites that can help you boost retirement income.</p> <h2>1. Shutterstock</h2> <p>Enjoy taking photos? Your photographs could earn money if they are approved and purchased by others. The photos that sell the best are high-quality images that can be used as stock photos for websites and eBooks.<a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/kbat02/000006640" target="_blank"> Shutterstock</a> pays contributors $0.25 per photo download, which doesn't seem like a lot. However, if your collection of photographs gets downloaded 2,000 times over the year, that is an extra $500. You'll need a current form of government-issued ID to join Shutterstock, and you'll also need to submit up to 10 images for their initial review. Once their review team approves your first image, you can start selling.</p> <h2>2. Airbnb</h2> <p>When the <em>busyness </em>of raising a family starts slowing down, many couples discover a passion for travel. You can pursue travel while still paying the mortgage with<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/" target="_blank"> Airbnb</a>. You can even rent out an extra room or guesthouse with the site. Simply sign up, create your listing (make sure you include lots of photos), and set your rate. What you charge is up to you, but you'll want to factor in the location and the space you're renting.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-rent-your-place-on-airbnb-and-succeed?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">This Is How You Rent Your Place on Airbnb </a></p> <h2>3. Teachers Pay Teachers</h2> <p>Are you retired from education, or perhaps just love creating fun teaching materials?<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/" target="_blank"> Teachers Pay Teachers</a> is a website that allows users to upload their lesson plans and resources for others to purchase. The site boasts that they have helped teacher authors makes $330 million since the creation of the site.</p> <h2>4. TaskRabbit</h2> <p><a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/" target="_blank">TaskRabbit</a> is not just for Millennials or college students; it is for anyone who wants to earn money doing odd jobs, from putting together Ikea furniture to writing a retirement speech. You never know what someone will post. Experts and nonexperienced individuals alike can earn extra cash through this site if they live in a popular area.</p> <h2>5. Care.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-12141287-1435333490000" target="_blank">Care.com</a> is a site that connects individuals who need services with local help. You can apply for local job listings in child care, adult and senior care, pet care, and home care. The best part is that you can find work that fits in with your schedule. Some parents just need a trusted adult to pick up or drop off their children at school, while others just want a weekend baby sitter. Don't automatically assume that your tight schedule won't be a good fit for this site. Another thing I love about Care.com is that the site includes background checks, so more people feel confident with whom they hire.</p> <h2>6. Tutor.com</h2> <p>If you are knowledgeable in a certain academic subject, then why not tutor in it?<a href="http://www.tutor.com/apply" target="_blank"> Tutor.com</a> hires experts in all fields and connects you to their large database of students in need. Potential tutors need to pass an exam and the application process to qualify. Tutors in finance and computer science are in especially high demand.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams?ref=seealso2">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren't Scams </a></p> <h2>7. Rover</h2> <p>More pet parents are shying away from kennels and going for personalized overnight pet care. Pet lovers want to know that their favorite pooch is being snuggled or walked when they are gone, not just kept in a cage.<a href="https://www.rover.com/" target="_blank"> Rover</a> is one site that allows you to upload your profile and choose what type of pet care you offer. You can choose to watch dogs at your own place or the owner's, or just tailor your profile to be a dog walker.</p> <h2>8. Skillshare</h2> <p>Most of us are an expert at something, whether that be hand lettering or building computers. Utilize your passion and know-how by turning it into a class on <a href="https://www.skillshare.com/" target="_blank">Skillshare</a>. With Skillshare, you earn money every time someone signs up for your course. The site says that their highest-earning teachers make $40,000 a year.</p> <h2>9. Fiverr</h2> <p>On <a href="https://www.fiverr.com/">Fiverr</a>, you can make a quick buck (well, at least five) for simple tasks, such as voice-overs, quick articles, or whatever you would like your gig to be. I profiled one of Fiverr's top-sellers who writes resumes. She has been using Fiverr for years and has funded two adoptions with her earnings. Of course, her resumes cost much more than $5.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-extra-cash">See also: </a><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Job Sites</a></p> <h2>Before You Start Making Money Online</h2> <p>There are many websites available to individuals looking to boost their retirement income. However, before diving in head first, take these three tips to heart:</p> <h3>Don't Pay for Jobs</h3> <p>There are too many good and free resources available. If a site asks you to pay money for a &quot;secret guide&quot; or &quot;guaranteed moneymaking business,&quot; it might not be legitimate.</p> <h3>Your Time Is Valuable<strong> </strong></h3> <p>The reason why I didn't list survey websites or websites that pay you pennies to open emails is because I strongly believe your time is valuable. Even if you are single and retired, there is something better for you than making a few dollars per hour clicking through spam or websites. Set an hourly desired rate for yourself and don't be tempted by sites that pay less.</p> <h3>If It Sounds Too Good to Be True...<strong> </strong></h3> <p>You have probably said this line to your kids, and I am repeating it to you. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no such thing as making thousands of dollars for minimal work, so don't believe the websites, email messages, or forum posters that say so.</p> <h2>And Don't Forget About Your Social Security</h2> <p>Your Social Security benefit may be reduced if you earn wage or self-employment income and begin receiving Social Security early, before your official retirement age. Your benefit will not be reduced if you continue to earn beyond your retirement age. To learn more about earnings caps and other details that may affect your decision to work in retirement, see the <a href="https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/34011/34019/article/3739/what-happens-if-i-work-and-get-social-security-retirement-benefits" target="_blank">SSA's FAQ on earning and retirement benefits</a>.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Boost Your Income With Any of These 30 Side Jobs</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-ways-retirees-can-earn-extra-income">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer">9 Ways to Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-earn-more-money-without-working-more-hours">6 Ways to Earn More Money — Without Working More Hours</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-creative-ways-to-make-money-on-super-bowl-sunday">8 Creative Ways to Make Money on Super Bowl Sunday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-must-know-about-money-before-you-take-a-side-job">10 Money Moves You Need to Make Before You Take a Side Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income AirBnb baby-sitting care freelance gig economy part time jobs pet sitting renting selling photos side gigs Tutoring websites Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1884962 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut the Cost of Pet Care http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-pet-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-pet-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-4995732-small.jpg" alt="kitten" title="kitten" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on cutting the cost of pet care, saving on flowers, and why you need a side hustle.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/cut-cost-pet-care/">6 ways to cut the cost of pet care</a> &mdash; Save money on dog treats by giving your dog carrots instead of bones. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Flowers-27012566">9 Tips to Save a Bundle on Flowers</a> &mdash; To save money on flowers, opt to purchase flowers that are in season or potted plants. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://budgetandthebeach.com/2014/02/08/why-everyone-needs-a-side-hustle-even-if-you-work-full-time/">Why Everyone Needs a Side Hustle Even if You Work Full Time</a> &mdash; Having a side hustle keeps your skills sharpened while allowing you to learn new skills. [Budget and the Beach]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/how-to-save-money-even-your-milk-money-counts/">How to Save Money: Even Your Milk Money Counts</a> &mdash; Rewarding yourself for saving and visualizing your retirement can help you stay on track with saving money. [20's Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/handling-debt-youre-work/">Handling Debt When You're Out of Work</a> &mdash; When you are out of work, handle debt by applying for unemployment benefits. [Financial Highway]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/4-ways-to-invest-100-or-less/">4 Ways to Invest $100 or Less</a> &mdash; Invest $100 or less by utilizing peer-to-peer lending! [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/spending-and-your-friends-what-happens-when-you-have-differences-in-income/">Spending And Your Friends: What Happens When You Have Differences In Income</a> &mdash; Do you make less money than your friends? It's up to you to be smart about your money and avoid going into debt to &quot;keep up&quot; with them. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://staplerconfessions.com/index.php/how-to-have-a-frugal-valentines-day-without-looking-like-a-cheapskate/">How to Have a Frugal Valentine's Day Without Looking Like a Cheapskate</a> &mdash; To have a frugal Valentine's Day without looking like a cheapskate, don't give jewelry. Instead, give photos! [Stapler Confessions]</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnnymoneyseed.com/lifestyle/theres-one-path-first-class-life/">There's more than one path to a first class life</a> &mdash; When trying to get on a path to a first-class life, slowly adapt to making cutbacks in your life so you can save more money. [Johnny Moneyseed]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/gold-medal-roundup-everything-parents-need-to-know-about-the-winter-olympics-in-sochi">Gold Medal Roundup: Everything Parents Need to Know About the Winter Olympics in Sochi</a> &mdash; If you aren't sure when particular Olympic events will be broadcast, check out NBC's website. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-pet-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pet-costs-you-dont-see-coming">5 Pet Costs You Don&#039;t See Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-pets-for-frugal-animal-lovers">The 8 Best Pets for Frugal Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips care pet pets Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:00:27 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1125260 at http://www.wisebread.com Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System http://www.wisebread.com/stay-healthy-live-longer-spend-wisely-making-intelligent-choices-in-americas-healthcare-system <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stay-healthy-live-longer-spend-wisely-making-intelligent-choices-in-americas-healthcare-system" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Liu photo web.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="221" height="320" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Wise Bread blogger Julie Rains explored the <a href="../../../../../../50-ways-to-squeeze-value-from-your-healthcare-dollar-without-killing-yourself">50 ways consumers can squeeze more from their healthcare dollar without killing yourself</a>, a list of top tips that was inspired by Dr. Davis Liu&rsquo;s authoritative and smart book entitled <i style=""><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979351200?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0979351200">Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></i>Many of us may not have been ready to hear it at the time, but many of the ways you can keep costs low and care levels high is to do some of the footwork yourself!<span style="">&nbsp; </span><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As part of tonight&rsquo;s Blog Talk Radio live show, I recently enjoyed interviewing Dr. Liu for two very important reasons:<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <ol type="1" style="margin-top: 0in;" start="1"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="">He&rsquo;s a doctor.</li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="">He&rsquo;s a business man.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Davis</st1:city></st1:place> gives us the straight talk on how to get the most from your doctor&rsquo;s visit.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He admits that it&rsquo;s OK to Google your symptoms and come prepared with an &ldquo;interesting story&rdquo; that a doctor is inclined to listen to.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Similar to a sales pitch?)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>He also gives consumers credit as being intelligent people who can make informed decisions about their healthcare, and he lets us in on some of the ways you can tell if you really even need to see the doctor in the first place.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We chat insurance and some of the &ldquo;not-so-sexy&rdquo; ways you can get healthy, and I guarantee that you&rsquo;ll be left feeling like your healthcare choices are yours &ndash; all yours.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Ready to learn more?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Listen in tonight to our <a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/elevenmomsradio/WiseBread">Living Large on a Small Budget show</a> at 8pm CST on Blog Talk Radio.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You can chat live or just hang out and learn.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>See you there!<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To learn more about Dr. Liu, visit his website at <a href="http://www.davisliumd.com">www.davisliumd.com</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-healthy-live-longer-spend-wisely-making-intelligent-choices-in-americas-healthcare-system">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-squeeze-value-from-your-healthcare-dollar-without-killing-yourself">50 Ways To Squeeze Value From Your Healthcare Dollar Without Killing Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/medical-tourism-101-listen-live-for-big-savings">Medical Tourism 101: Listen Live for Big Savings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/would-you-accept-200000-if-you-didnt-know-where-it-came-from">Would You Accept $200,000 If You Didn&#039;t Know Where It Came From?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Health and Beauty Announcements care Davis Liu frugality Health healthcare Wed, 15 Apr 2009 23:01:20 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3055 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Day of Doggie Camp http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp <p><img width="209" height="267" alt=" " src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/questions.jpg" /></p> <p>My friends at <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/read/a-free-day-of-doggie-day-camp_20070319">Itchmo</a>, Ben and Emily Huh, recently reminded me that Petsmart offers a complimentary day of doggie day camp at <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/doggiedaycamp/locations.shtml">participating locations</a>.</p> <p>Need a day off from your fun-loving dogs? Ship them off to daycare and spend the day doing what you want, free of guilt.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/entertainment_book/ddc/">Petsmart.com</a>:</p> <p class="blockquote"><strong>What are the benefits of doggie day camp? </strong>Doggie day camp provides play, exercise and socialization with fully supervised, personalized attention. Dogs of all ages will enjoy making new friends, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that our safety standards are unparalleled. Plus, participating in doggie day camp is a good way to help reduce boredom for your pet.</p> <p>There are restrictions - male dogs have to be neutered and can't be a &quot;bully breed&quot;. No wolves or hybrids. Five month age minimum. All the required vaccines, etc. You can read more about it on the Petsmart web site.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=pdell&amp;MORGUEFILE=u9tnrnapko9r4s1a85tck8dc55">pdell</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies canine care daycare dog free pet care Petsmart puppy walking feeding Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:23:10 +0000 Andrea Karim 448 at http://www.wisebread.com Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive! http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-525497677.jpg" alt="it&#039;s expensive to spoil your pets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>All totaled, my dogs cost me $600 every month last year.</p> <p>Between vet visits, allergy meds, their special diet, grooming, the dog walker, new bedding, a bark collar, and having to replace my entire first floor carpet because of one doggie's explosive bowels, I spent more on my dogs each month than I did on my own health and beauty needs.</p> <h2>Doggie Vogue</h2> <p>Just so you don't think that I'm one of those curmudgeons who refuses to dress her dog up for Halloween, I would just like you to remember this: I contemplated paying over $1,000 to give my dog a facelift. And for the record, <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/216274_dogfacelift17.html">it's not that unusual</a>.</p> <p>My current home, Seattle, has more dogs per household than children. I don't think that this is a bad thing &mdash; we're just a dog-lovin' town. Although most Seattle dog owners are probably the fleece-wearing, kayak-owning, large-dog caregiving types, we are no stranger to the coddled cutesy canine. We're home to several excellent boutiques, some of which sell outrageously-priced but fantastic doggie paraphernalia.</p> <p>There are also no shortage of online shops in which you can blow tons of money on unnecessary bling for your little things (for the record, my shih tzu is named Little Thing, as in &quot;You're such a cute little thing!&quot;). Even Target carries a frighteningly adorable array of <a href="http://www.target.com/c/apparel-dog-supplies-pet-care/-/N-5xt3s#?=lnk_snav_rd_dog_clothes">fashion for Fido</a>.</p> <p>Pets get everything these days. Pet therapists will tell you what weighs on your critter's mind. Dogs get massages.</p> <p>I don't get massages myself, but if I heard that I needed one for my dog, I would consider it.</p> <h2>Resistance Is Not Futile</h2> <p>But we must resist! Or if not resist, then definitely evaluate. Childless dog owners like me often have a misplaced parental necessity to dress up and coo over our little precious puppies, but to what end?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kim-n-zero.jpg" alt=" " width="336" height="370" /></p> <p>Some dogs love to dress up (my sister's dog, a Lab-Sharpei-Chow mix pictured here with my sis), likes to strut around in my brother-in-law's t-shirts. You've never seen a dog with prouder body language than Zero once you put a t-shirt over his giant head. But of my own dogs, only one tolerates his rain slicker; the other throws himself bodily against any available surface in an attempt to remove any stitch of clothing on his long, fat little body.</p> <p>Neither of them particularly likes being dressed up as a pumpkin, as much as I want to subject them to it. Believe me, I love the idea of getting them dolled up and photographed.</p> <p>But I also think it's important to figure out what is best for your pet. Take the rain coat example &mdash; I finally determined that it simply wasn't going to work with one of the dogs. He doesn't mind getting rained on, and it only takes me a minute to towel him off, so now I know not to waste my money on buying clothes for him.</p> <p>A local Seattle blogger named Ben Huh (whose family moniker has officially eclipsed Momofuku as Best Last Name Ever) runs a cutey-petooty site called Itchmo that tracks Seattle pet happenings, and he posted a helpful article about saving money on pet food that I found useful. It was because of Ben's site that I decided to start a five-part series of posts on the <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2007/01/16/the-high-cost-of-pet-care/">cost of pet ownership</a>, and include some tips on how to reduce those costs. Well, that, and finding out <a href="/balancing-act-the-perils-of-budgeting">what our Sarah spends</a> on her turtle every month.</p> <p>I've gone from spending hundreds on my dogs every month to spending maybe $100 a month, including vet care. I've learned a thing or two about caring for the fussiest creatures, and I'll be sharing that with Wise Bread readers.</p> <p>So, starting next week, I'll offer some how-to's on saving money while still providing the best care for your pets. Food, grooming, vet bills and insurance, and boarding will all be covered over the course of next week. I've interviewed friends, family, and vets on the best ways to trim your pet spending without depriving your cat of her condo or your Chihuahua of her leopard-print cape. After all, your pet's happiness matters, and if Lola can't be without her rhinestone-studded collar, then we have to find a way to keep her in it.</p> <p>Next up: Saving money on pet food.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming">Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-3-vet-visits">Pet Peeves Part 3: Vet Visits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks bedding birds budget care cats daycare dogs Food grooming nails pampered Petco pets turtle Fri, 23 Feb 2007 22:35:37 +0000 Andrea Karim 294 at http://www.wisebread.com