48+ Best Organic & Eco-Friendly Dog Products and Supplies

beagle puppy dog ballAs an environmentally conscious person (sometimes a little too conscious), I spend a good amount of time trying to lower my carbon footprint. When I adopted my dog, I was a bit disappointed in most of the supplies given to me by the rescue organization.

There were toys made from synthetic materials, dog food and treats full of meat byproduct and filler, shampoos full of chemicals, and a dog bed made from who knows what. Even more disappointing, the cheap materials broke down pretty quickly and needed replacement often.

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How to Find a Job Online Using Craigslist – 16 Step Process

craigslist looking for jobAs a freelancer, I’m on the hunt for a new gig more than most people and I’ve found quite a few through Craigslist over the years. Craigslist has become a haven for people looking for occasional part-time work, but many full-timers have found new jobs through the site as well. In fact, a friend of mine recently landed a full-time position at an IT firm through a job ad on Craigslist.

If you’re in the market for new employment, Craigslist is a good resource. But it helps to know your way around first because Craigslist works differently from most other job hunting sites.

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10 Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes and Organic Treats

dog rolling pinWhen I adopted my dog a few years ago, I kept feeding her the same commercial brand of dog food she had eaten at the kennel. A few months after, she started to develop heat rashes and dry skin. In a desperate attempt to get my poor girl to stop scratching, I started reading up on dog food ingredients and learned that most commercial dog food contains meat byproducts, fillers, and general junk I didn’t want my dog eating.

After that, I switched to organic dog food and treats, but that started to get very expensive. For example, the treats cost about $10 for just a small bag.

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21 Tips for Buying Furniture Online

couple buying furniture onlineShortly after moving into my new house, I decided that my days of hand-me-downs were over and that I wanted to invest in some nicer furniture. But since I’m cheap, places like Ethan Allen and Crate&Barrel were out of the question.

Thus, to marry my need for nicer furniture with my stubbornness for obtaining the best discounts, I decided to buy inexpensive furniture online to save money. This strategy provides me with an array of options, has saved me thousands of dollars, decreased my stress level, and enabled me to furnish my house with some impressive pieces.

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13 Ways to Exercise & Work Out Without a Gym Membership

family exercise parkA while ago, I joined a gym. I admit that I was swayed by all of the shiny equipment and the promise of a cheap introductory promotional rate.

Being a gym member has its advantages. The gym I signed up for stayed open 24 hours and had tons of equipment and classes. However, the promotional rate soon ended and I couldn’t afford to pay the regular rate every month, nor did I want to because I knew that I could still get a good workout for free, or at least close to it, elsewhere.

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How to Get Help with Paying Rent – Assistance Programs & Resources

rent check cashThings happen. If you live on a tight budget, a small financial crisis can throw you off-balance. But if something major happens, like losing your job, you may struggle to afford even the roof over your head.

Not being able to pay your rent on time can be terrifying, since most rent payments have small grace periods and if you don’t pay in full, you risk being evicted.

Fortunately, you’re not powerless. There are things you can do to improve your situation and ways to get financial help when you need it.

8 Ways to Get Help Paying Rent

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7 Cheap & Easy Meal Ideas for Families

couple cookingLately, I’ve been a little obsessed with the cost of food. It all started when I decided to track my spending for one month. During the month, my total expenditures were about the same, but this time I made a point of saving all my receipts. At the end of the month, I divided them into categories and compared the totals to my estimated budget per category.

But when it came time to analyze the grocery receipts, I had exceeded my budget even before I was halfway through the stack! By the last receipt, my dreams of doing a victory lap around my budget was replaced with horrified shock. I was spending hundreds of dollars more on food than I realized.

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What Is a Secured Credit Card – Pros & Cons for Rebuilding Credit

secured credit cardHaving bad credit is a Catch-22. You need an active credit line to help rebuild your credit, but most lenders won’t extend you credit if you have a troubled financial past. In fact, most lenders set a credit score cutoff point and if you fall below it, you won’t qualify for any traditional credit card. While you may have some luck appealing to your personal bank, a more viable option is to simply get a secured credit card.

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How to Get Your Security Deposit Back When Moving Out

cash house tieI have many friends who firmly believe that landlords do not give security deposits back at all, or that they will do just about anything to keep however much they can. While I’m sure that slumlords do exist in this world, as a former property manager, I can tell you that most good landlords want to hand over your security deposit.

Believe me, we’d rather give you your money back than deal with making repairs, hiring cleaners, and keeping an itemized list of deductions. It’s much simpler and quicker to just write a check for the full amount and be done with it. But it’s up to you as the renter to make sure you leave the apartment in good shape.

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How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Tips for Pricing Items

garage sale signFew things make me happier than turning my unwanted clutter into cash. There are several ways to do this, including selling on Craigslist, setting up auctions on eBay, and utilizing newspaper classifieds. However, I’ve found that a good old-fashioned garage sale often works best, especially when you have a lot of small things to sell.

Having a garage sale takes work and can be extremely frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing. To avoid any headaches and to streamline the process, follow a plan from beginning to end. A well-planned garage sale often means a more successful one, which means more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

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