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:
Tuesday kicked off the Savings Pledge and I'm genuinely very
excited about this. I don't know about all of you, but for me, I
often need to go public or join a game or contest to stay on track.
It's one thing to make a stupid purchase and only have to explain
it to yourself, it's quite another to have to explain to a few
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When we moved into our little house 2 1/2 years ago, I thought it was my dream house. We worked hard before we moved. We avoided paying rent by living in a camper for 9 months (even through part of a South Dakota winter!) in order to save up money and pay off bills so we would qualify for a mortgage.
We found the little house nestled on 10 acres of prairie land and declared it perfect, blindly ignoring that fact that it was a foreclosure and may have unforeseen problems. We got a great deal and we were in good shape to buy the house. We moved in in the middle of winter and looked forward to the spring and getting our home all set up.
The inside of the house was a mess. The doors and light fixtures were about 40 years old, maybe older. The paint was an extremely high gloss that we discovered was not at all easy to cover up, even with four coats of very good paint. The bathrooms were small and had cheap fixtures and the outlet sockets were so old that you could plug something in, only to watch it fall right back out.
Sometimes I think there must be a black hole in our budget where the extra money disappears, never to be seen again. Have you ever received a raise or finished paying off a big debt and thought you would now have extra money, only to find that within a few months you've gotten used to the additional funds in your budget? Now instead of it being an extra financial cushion, it is almost like it was never there. You know what they say, if you have it, you'll spend it.
Last week I told you all about my ordeals under the house in my crawl space. This week I want to focus on just one aspect of it: PVC pipe. While it is true that the pipes I had to replace only broke because they were PVC, it was really the fault of the last installer not the pipe itself. PVC pipe is about the easiest type of plumbing pipe to work with, though it does have its limitations.
If you've seen "Moonstruck" you'll remember Cosmo Castorini's quote about plumbing: