care http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1424/all en-US 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://www.wisebread.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-cut-the-cost-of-pet-care" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Cut the Cost of Pet Care " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-25">10 Smart Things to Do With $25</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/how-much-it-costs-to-own-a-dog">How Much It Costs to Own a Dog</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Liu%20photo%20web.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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-healthy-live-longer-spend-wisely-making-intelligent-choices-in-americas-healthcare-system" class="sharethis-link" title="Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America&#039;s Healthcare System" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-2"> <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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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="/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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp" class="sharethis-link" title="Free Day of Doggie Camp" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-3"> <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/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-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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Give a dog SIX bones...FREE!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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 <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pampered_pooch_small.jpg" alt=" " width="199" height="273" /></p> <p>All totaled, my dogs cost me $600 every month last year. </p> <p>Between vet visits and allergy meds and their special diet and grooming and the dog walker and new bedding and a bark collar and having to replace my entire first floor carpet because of one doggie&#39;s explosive bowels, I spent more on my dogs each month than I did on my own health and beauty needs. </p> <h4>Doggie Vogue </h4> <p>Just so you don&#39;t think that I&#39;m one of those curmudgeons who refuses to dress her dog up for Halloween, I would just like you to remember this: I contemplating paying over $1000 to give my dog a facelift. And for the record, <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/216274_dogfacelift17.html">it&#39;s not that unusual</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/dogstroller.jpg" alt="copyright Ben Huh" title="copyright Ben Huh" width="331" height="355" /></p> <p>My current home, Seattle, has more dogs per household than children. I don&#39;t think that this is a bad thing - we&#39;re just a dog-lovin&#39; 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&#39;re home to several <a href="http://www.urbanbeast-seattle.com/">excellent boutiques</a>, some of which sell outrageously-priced but fantastic doggie paraphernalia. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hmb-seattle.com/">High Maintenance Bitch</a> features some of the <a href="http://www.hmb-seattle.com/fashion.htm">greatest items</a> you will ever find for your precious little Poopsie (note: the store is having a fight with some no-humor, overly-sensitive parents regarding the store&#39;s name - apparently, parents are horrified that children might see the b-word on a sign while walking down the street). There&#39;s no shortage of <a href="http://www.shopluckydog.com/shop_lucky.php">online shops</a> in which <a href="http://www.funstufffordogs.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi?CMD=009&amp;DEPT=1136424771&amp;CAT=1144602175&amp;ADMIN=YES">you can blow tons of money</a> on <a href="http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/02/22/dog-fashion-gone-crazy/">unnecessary bling</a> for your little things (for the record, my shih tzu is named Little Thing, as in &quot;You&#39;re such a cute little thing!&quot;). Even <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-16/qid=1172267340/ref=sr_1_16/602-6628124-7073447?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000ENEEHS">Target</a> carries a frighteningly adorable array of <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-8/qid=1172268088/ref=sr_1_8/602-6628124-7073447?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000GLI7NK">fashion for Fido</a>.</p> <p>Pets get everything these days. Pet therapists will tell you what weighs on your critter&#39;s mind. Dogs get massages.</p> <p>I don&#39;t get massages myself, but if I heard that I needed one for my dog, I would consider it.</p> <h4>Resistance is Not Futile </h4> <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="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kim-n-zero.jpg" alt=" " width="336" height="370" /></p> <p>Some dogs love to dress up (my sister&#39;s dog, a Lab-Sharpei-Chow mix pictured here with my sis), likes to strut around in my brother-in-law&#39;s t-shirts. You&#39;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&#39;s important to figure out what is best for your pet. Take the rain coat example - I finally determined that it simply wasn&#39;t going to work with one of the dogs. He doesn&#39;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><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/emily_nemo.jpg" alt="copyright Ben Huh" title="copyright Ben Huh" width="281" height="391" /></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 <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/">Itchmo</a> that tracks Seattle pet happenings, and he posted a helpful article about <a href="http://itchmo.com/read/bid-on-my-dog-food_20070221/">saving money on pet food</a> that I found useful. That&#39;s his wife Emily, with their pooch Nemo in the picture. It was because of Ben&#39;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&#39;ve gone from spending hundreds on my dogs every month to spending maybe $100 a month, including vet care. I&#39;ve learned a thing or two about caring for the fussiest creatures, and I&#39;ll be sharing that with Wise Bread readers.</p> <p>So, starting next week, I&#39;ll offer some how-to&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s happiness matters, and if Lola can&#39;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> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive" class="sharethis-link" title="Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-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/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> 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