Pets

52 Weeks: Pets – Vet care

From the book:

“When a pet needs medical care, ask your vet about alternatives. Ask about 1-800-petmeds. Ask about home remedies. As with dentistry for people, if you live near a veterinary school it can’t hurt to ask if they offer low cost care. Sometimes a vet just outside the main town will charge less than one in a high-rent central neighborhood. The Humane Society keeps a database of organizations that offer help with the costs of pet care at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html.  Each organization is independent and has its own eligibility requirements.”

52 Weeks: Pets – Dog food

I read that dog food can be less expensive at feed stores. I hadn’t seen a feed store since I lived in a country town in the 1960s. But I Googled, and yes, there are several feed stores in my area, one just seven miles away. If you have a dog, that might be worth checking out.

 

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

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52 Weeks: Pets

Most people choose a pet for reasons other than financial, but let’s look at them from a frugal point of view.

Of course the least expensive pet is none at all, but then you lose the emotional and social benefits of having a companion animal.

In many ways cats are less expensive than dogs. They don’t have to be walked, so if you’re busy or out of town you don’t have to pay a kennel or a sitter. On the other hand, cats usually require kitty litter, which can add up over the years. Cats are smart, so if you want to you can try teaching them to potty in the toilet, as described here: https://www.google.com/?ion=1&espv=2#newwindow=1&q=youtube+train+cat+to+use+toilet

The least expensive pet I’ve known was my late husband’s Amazon Blue Front parrot, Jack. She didn’t need any shots or flea treatment. She ate sunflower seeds and bits of whatever we were eating. She pottied on newspaper or junk mail. Very affordable pet, and very engaging and personable. Large birds can be expensive to buy. To get one for less, contact local vets, they may know someone who needs to rehome their bird. Also check Craiglist. I got Jack a bird mansion for $89 on eBay that the pet store wanted $400 for.

Birds are flock animals, so if they’re going to be alone all day while the people are at work, please get more than one.

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

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52 Weeks: Earnings -Pet Care and Housecleaning

From the book:

Pet care

Internet articles about jobs for retired people often mention pet sitting and dog walking. Cliff used to dog-sit for people he met while playing bridge at senior centers. We had one adorable little poodle dog with us for three months while his human companion recovered from a stroke. Well-paid working couples would be a market to look into for this, along with well-heeled seniors who travel.

House cleaning

Those same working couples and seniors might also be in the market for a house cleaner. In the early ‘80s, I worked freelance as a house cleaner. Back then, I charged a set price of $25 for a fixed group of tasks that added up to a basic weekly cleaning. With practice, it took me about two hours to do. You can charge for a set of tasks, or you can charge by the hour and let the customer set the tasks.

 

 

Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=marie+brack

Wonderful review

I am so moved by this review. “Tightwad Gazette of the 21st Century” is exactly what I wanted people to think about it:

“Great book!, February 18, 2014

By Lita McRiley “Sorlina”See all my reviews

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This review is from: Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely (Kindle Edition)

This book is jam-packed with tips, ideas, and strategies for saving money. It’s the Tightwad Gazette of the 21st century… internet addresses for DIY help, encouragement for readers, personal anecdotes, this book has it all. To top it off, it’s delivered in a light, easy to read style that isn’t preachy or judgmental. A very helpful, and enjoyable, read!”

The Tightwad Gazette has been the “bible” of thrifty living. My hope was to make it the ‘old testament’ and mine the ‘new testament’, and it seems I have succeeded.

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