Our family dog was 6-years-old when he developed a heart condition that caused him to be hospitalized for three nights—to the tune of thousands of dollars—before we had to put him down.
When I first graduated from college I owned an adorable little bunny named Fiver who ended up getting sick and—$3,000 later—requiring surgery.
Who among us with pets hasn't had the occasional (incredibly expensive) emergency? Of course the two scenarios I mentioned above may have been slightly cheaper (although no less emotionally draining) had either my parents or myself had pet insurance for pets
So … is pet insurance worth the cost, then? If the two scenarios above are any indication, it would certainly seem like it is. While insurance of any kind is always a gamble (and most of it is a perfectly smart gamble), we decided to go right to the source—a veterinarian. We asked Dr. Oscar E. Chavez, DVM, MBA, Member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, for his thoughts on pet insurance and whether it's worth the cost.
Here are 5 table settings you can make on a budget that are fun for
fall, but can be modified and used year round!
1. DIY Candy Jars. Do you have a small side table,
or the corner of a buffet table you are looking to decorate? How
about these DIY Candy Jars. We found three separate candle holders
we had around the house. one was wood, and the other two were both
different colors. We unified them with a can of glossy black spray
paint (we were decorating for Halloween, but you could use any
color). We then cleaned out an old pickle jar, pasta sauce jar
and mason jar in our fridge and painted their lids black. We
attached them to the bases with Gorilla Glue and added candy.
When you think
about reducing your energy consumption, your mind automatically goes
toward your AC or your lights. And while the big things like heating and
cooling matter, the little things add up just as quickly. Case and
point - your kitchen. In many homes, the kitchen contains more devices
than any room in the house. And if you're an amateur chef like me, you
manage to use all of them every time you go in there, which can lead to
big utility bills.
You don't have to give up cooking to save the planet, but you can reduce your usage if you use a few tricks in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, more and more people in today's society are becoming
single parents. The reason for this could be due to the growing
divorce rate or perhaps the decreased rate of marriages in the
first place. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in November, 2009,
there are approximately 13.7 million single parents in the United
States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.8
million children (approximately 26% of children under 21 in the
Being a parent in today's world is expensive either way, but being
a single parent is beyond affordable! However, 13.7% of parents are
expected to do this in one way or another, everyday. As for myself,
I became a single parent of three children in 2006 after my
divorce. Is it possible? Yes, it's possible. I'm living proof one
can do it even in today's society, however, be prepared to make
Hurricane Irene struck a few days ago and some people in the Northeast are still without power and other basic services. This got me thinking about some basic emergency preparedness and how sometime the old solutions are still the best. You may get all your news on your iPhone via The HuffPo, or eat only microwave organic food normally--but most likely that's not gonna cut it after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Here are ten items you are going to want stashed away somewhere in case of emergency.