April 2012 Archives
April 30, 2012
April 27, 2012
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April 25, 2012
The secret's out and we're not afraid to admit it: Americans love their pets. And judging by the nearly $51 billion spent on pets in 2011, we don't mind opening our wallets for Fluffy and Fido.
But as is the case of other areas of life, love comes with the bonus of added expense. Nevertheless, a savvy pet owner can do things to ensure his pet takes only a Chihuahua-size bite out of his wallet...
Save on Pet Health Care
I was happy she was OK, but my ears burned when I heard the news: "She's going to be just fine; the total, including local anesthetic and surgery, comes up to one thousand, eight hundred, ninety-nine dollars and thirty cents." Like me, you undoubtedly would have forked over the plastic in a split second.
Nothing hurts a pet owner quite like Fluffy feeling pain and unfortunately, regardless of whether it's simply the flu, a toothache, or something more serious, a few trips to the veterinarian office can take a Rottweiler-size bite out of your wallet. As I swiped my card, my vet sensed my angst and suggested a pet insurance plan for my now-incredibly-expensive bundle of joy. Pet plans are similar to, but more affordable than, their human health plan counterparts -- for a low monthly rate, your pet is covered for accidents and illnesses.
If you choose to forgo pet insurance, consider a wellness plan. For a small yearly fee, a veterinary office near you may offer a wellness program that takes a percentage discount off your vet visit.
Get a Job, Fido!
One overlooked or even unknown way to help a pet pay its way is by snapping creative, costume-donning pictures of your little ball of fur and entering them in a pet photo contest. In other words: get a job, Fido!
As a proud pet owner, you can wait for that perfect photo-op moment or even dress up your fur baby in a variety of costumes or outfits. In the past, the Martha Stewart Company, Fresh Step Litter company and Purina have held pet photo contests. The winnings are nothing to sneeze (read: bark or meow) at either.
An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure...
Keeping your pet active and trim and maintaining a healthy diet not only potentially adds years to its life, but also cuts down on the possibility of costly vet visits.
In addition to prevention, keep expenses on a tight leash by buying pet food in bulk. To save money on pet medications, purchase prescriptions for your little fuzzy guy or gal online.
Taking care of your pet is important, but so is managing your wallet. Luckily there's plenty of ways to lower costs and make a buck on your pets.
Kyle Taylor is the editor of The Penny Hoarder, a daily blog with weird & wacky tips on how to make extra money.
April 24, 2012
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April 17, 2012
We are excited to Guest Host the Ebates Blog! Monroe and Main has worked with Ebates for over 10 years. We have always enjoyed the site and the cash back Ebates offers our customers. We currently have a 10% off promo right now!
Monroe and Main is dedicated to bringing you flattering fashions, fabulous footwear and the latest accessories. Whether you're heading to the office, out on the town, or off on a fun-filled get-away, we can help you put your look together with mix and match staples.
From casual to career wear, we offer attainable styles that are on trend but never trendy, with distinctively feminine details. Best of all, you don't have to sacrifice comfort for style. We choose apparel that features ultra-feminine styling with a relaxed fit.
Besides the products we offer, we also have a lot of fun on the social scene. We'd love to have you like us and follow us to chat about our products. Then you can develop your wish list and come to Ebates and get the best deal!
Hope to see you around! :)
April 13, 2012
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Giving bridesmaids the gift of jewelry is the perfect way to say thanks.If given on or before your wedding day, bridesmaids can don matching jewels for your pictures. And earring sets offer easy coordination. If you'd rather choose one standout piece, gemstone dangles, chandelier earrings, or studs will do the trick. Ross-Simons has a variety of styles - from classic to contemporary - for everyone's taste and price range.
Perhaps you would like to personalize each piece to make a more thoughtful gift? Monogrammed jewelry combines pretty and personal! This way they will never forget the meaning behind the gift. Traveling jewelry boxes are also a chic gift for a lasting memory of your special day.
Cufflinks are a classic gift that can be worn for many formal occasions afterwards. If you prefer choosing a gift that can be used every day, choose a money clip or keychain. These can also be monogrammed, so that personal touch is still present. Barware is also a great gift that groomsmen and bridesmaids alike will use often.
There are so many ways of saying thanks to each bridesmaid and groomsman.They have gone the distance with you, so take the time to choose a truly thoughtful gift. Shop Ross-Simons for fabulous gifts at great prices.
April 9, 2012
Typically on Fridays over at BSB, I like to share some frugal fashion finds with my readers that could be of use on the wedding day by anyone involved in or attending the wedding- from the bride to the groomsmen to the mother of the bride to the guests! It's a great way to incorporate my love for fashion on a budget into the world of weddings! Today I'm going to share some budget-friendly bridesmaid picks with you from Kohl's- one of my favorite places to score great deals!
So here are my picks- I tried to hit some key trends of the season. Some of these dresses come in a variety of colors to choose from as well! (L to R, Top to bottom)
Casual Option: Apt. 9 Solid Tiered Dress : $32
Silky number: Apt. 9 Accordian Pleat Dress : $32
Ruffles galore: Apt. 9 Ruffle Surplice Wrap Dress : $29.99
Retro style: LC Lauren Conrad Bow Pleated Ponte Dress : $44.80
Chic and stylish: Dana Buchman Pleated Drapeneck Charmeuse Dress : $46.20
Traditional/classic: AB Studio Solid Sheath Dress : $29.99
Can you even believe these prices? Any of these dresses would be great for a bridesmaid and would be something they could totally wear again. (No, really!) And the best part is, they're totally Ebateable! :)
April 4, 2012
With every new spring season comes new a fresh new beginning. Trees begin to wake up, flowers start to appear, and the daylight lingers a little bit longer each day. As Easter approaches, so does one of my favorite holiday activities: egg decorating! Though I must admit, in the past when I made whimsical displays of colorful eggs, most times they would be looked at, but never eaten. It felt like such a waste to throw them away at the end of the day after my guests had gone home. So this year, I was determined to make eggs that were both festive and inviting to eat. I realized the biggest deterrent was that people didn't want to have to peel the eggs, getting their hands dirty and leaving a trail of crumbled shells in their wake. In this recipe I used a Chinese technique traditionally used to make Tea Eggs (cha ye dan), a common snack found throughout China, in which eggs are steeped in tea to flavor, and as a result, color. Preparing the eggs this way allows them to be presented with the shells already peeled, which makes for easier eating. Enjoy!