I was reading through the ASPCA information and I came to pet care costs guide on what they believe the cost is for an animal in the first year.
I have a 5lb Maltese that is 8 years old that I picked up from the pound. After running through their numbers, I thought they were a little off - So I did some figuring on my own. I was figuring that the cost to feed, groom and see the vet were more around a $75-80 range per month. After figuring out the cost, that would be wishful thinking. Instead the total came to over $125 a month, $1656 is what I totaled it out to be.
Her vet bill is higher this first year because she got the 3 year rabies and her license is a 3 year as well. I don't pay health insurance, instead I pay extra to the vet and build up a credit with them. What did put my total larger is the boarding - which is a good 7-10 day vacation a year and the grooming that she gets done about every 8-10 weeks. Over all, a handy way to figure out expenses and really, she is worth every penny when she brings a smile to my face.
freezer storage list, since we all mark the date on our freezer items so we know how long they have been in the freezer (ahem!), this is a handy addition to any freezer door. Click on the picture to get a decent size for printing out.
Speaking of food - How to buy eggs.. Do you know the difference in appearance between a AA grade egg and an A grade egg? I didn't. And it's interesting to read about how other countries grade their eggs as well.
And speaking of shopping - Do you know the best time to buy? The Go Frugal blog has a list of 75 products and services and the best time to buy them. It is a handy guide to bookmark as I know I won't need all the information now, but good to refer back to.. like the airline tickets. Keep watch months in advance.
And if you are tired of shopping and it doesn't bring you happiness - Modern Tightwad has a great Rule of Things that I fully agree with.
Finally, if all you want to do is learn I have a few links that have some great links of their own for free online learning:
➤ Lifehacker recently gave info on Foreign Service Institute's free language courses - "you can access audio, texts, and tests in 41 different languages" So don't buy that Rosetta Stone software until after you check this out.
➤ I stumbled on Education Portal when looking for free accounting classes
➤ And The Buck List has 10 free online sites for colleges and courses. I have watched some of the videos from the MIT OpenCourseWare.