Mrs. Money: Eco-friendly and Frugal Pet Care

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Caring for pets can be an added expense many families can’t handle.  We have two Labrador retrievers and sometimes when I think about how much money they cost us it depresses me.  Then I realize how much joy they bring into our lives, and I realize for us the cost is worth it.  We do try to make our pet owning expenses as small and as eco-friendly as possible. 

Here are some things we do to help reduce their environmental impact and keep our pet budget under control:

Product Review: Rapitest Mini Moisture Tester by Luster Leaf

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Today, even with a debt limit deal and the plan to sic “Super Congress” on the deficit, the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a nearly 650 point nose dive. News that bad leads one to consider the old wisdom of “tending your own garden”–in my case literally. If you have been following along, I garden partially as practice for the end of the world as we know it. When the stock market acts like it has the past two days, it seems like more than just some nightmarish fantasy.

Thankfully, the Rapitest Mini Moisture Tester by Luster Leaf makes tending your garden a whole lot easier.

Buy Like Buffett: The Biggest Investment Mistakes Made by Young Investors

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The best time to start investing is at an early age. That is because you have fewer financial obligations and entanglements that will keep you from investing. Too many individuals wait until they are older in age to start investing. By then they have let precious years slip by and are behind the eight ball.

 Let’s take a look at some of the biggest mistakes that young investors make and why you should avoid them.

Savings Pledge Stories: A Few ShortCuts on the Benefit of Having Savings Set Aside

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This could potentially be a long story. I typically talk with my hands, so be glad that this is not a video or you would be cracking up at me.

My husband and I have never been rolling in the dough. We have struggled with finances since we got married 11 years ago. We have had our ups and downs financially, especially with 3 kids in the house. This last year we have really been working even harder to pull ourselves out of that hole.

Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to be Costly

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A recent update of the USDA dietary guidelines showed that healthy eating costs $380 more a year per person–or $7.28 more per week. According to the new nutritional guidelines, aptly named My Plate,  Americans are being asked to consume more potassium, fiber, vitamin D and calcium. Last week I wrote about five easy and frugal ways to increase your dietary fiber intake–and really, it’s not that hard. Eating healthy does not have to be expensive. If you think about, you can cut out junk food and replace it with healthier fresh foods and you really wouldn’t be upping your grocery bill by that much.

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