... collections. She hit rock bottom on a recent Saturday morning, just as our street was bustling with neighbors and realized she was bag-less right after her dog did her thang. Not wanting to become the neighborhood pariah, she frantically searched her pockets and the only thing she had was a single dollar bill. She humbly stooped down and scooped the tiny poop with her hard-earned barista buck and threw it right into the trash. The way things are going, we may all someday be using our actual currency to pick up our pet's poop. Until then, let's just keep pulling the bag over the eyes of our corporate restaurants and grocery stores. They can handle it. TRUST.
Erin Lampart is a comedian and story-teller living in Los Angeles with her cool dog, Jan. Part-time waitress and full-time dork, you can follow her on Twitter @ThatsSoLampy
... It's much easier to haggle for a better price when you know what a store's competitors are offering. Check out the local paper and online at places like checkbook.org to see what similar businesses are offering on the same products, and use those prices as a bargaining tool.
Know who to ask. According to most of what I've read, prices on big-ticket items are usually negotiable. Not every person in a store is capable of offering deals, though. If you find someone who doesn't seem like they're going to budge, try saying something like: "It seems like you won't be able to help me out with a deal here. Can you point me in the direction of someone above you who can?"
Practice makes perfect. You're not alone if you hate to haggle most people feel uncomfortable ...
The one bad thing about Twitter is that anybody can get an account and think they're cool. But actually the best thing about Twitter...is that anybody can get an account and think they're cool. Unlike Facebook, which bans "non-humans" from creating accounts, you don't have to leave your pets out when it comes to Twitter!
This is great for me, because my two kitties have a lot to tell the world. Sometimes a tweet is really the only necessary way to broadcast their message. So imagine my absolute glee at finding Puppy Tweets, a little electronic toy that hangs around your puppy's neck and auto-tweets his every thought.
We know, we know. It's hard enough to cook for yourself, and now you're supposed to cook for Fido, too? But just as with making your own food for you, there are many benefits to switching over to homemade treats for your dog. You'll save money, control the ingredients your dog eats, and be able to customize them for your dog's size. Plus, it can be a lot of fun!
... BusinessWeek: Inflation Gnaws At Pet Food Companies - Well, this is great timing for a pet food price hike: my family just adopted an 8-week-old gray tabby kitten last weekend (so far her favorite hobbies include chewing on power cords, knocking picture frames off tables, and watching hockey on TV). She only weighs 2 lbs. 1 oz. (and sleeps in a size 8 shoebox with plenty of room to spare), but has already put quite a dent in her first 8 lb. bag of Iams ProActive Health for Kittens. Luckily, her toys are pretty much free; she goes nuts over her collection of empty bags, tissue paper and jingle balls. The absolute best way to save money on your kitten, though, is to ADOPT! Our healthy little Madeline was only $125 from the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter in San Diego, plus $35 for her microchip.
Although it's a buyer's market in the real estate world today in most parts of the country, prospective home purchasers shouldn't just assume they're getting a good deal. Adhering to the following steps will help home buyers minimize the sometimes incredible costs associated with closing on a home.