Dogs, Saving Money

I learned to groom my own dogs and saved $800 a year

Schnauzers being groomed
April 2, 2020

I love my schnauzers. I’ve never loved paying their grooming bills. Every seven weeks or so, I’d cough up $120 for the two of them to be washed and brushed and body clipped. And Luke, bless him, has anxiety. I used to think people who said their pets had anxiety were forcing human concepts onto animals, but he’s terrified of…

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Reviews, Saving Money

An honest review of Republic Wireless (after 937 days as a customer)

Republic Wireless SIM kit
March 26, 2020

I’m a Mac user, so it was with some trepidation that I went back to an Android in 2017. But my iPhone’s battery was going, and if I replaced the phone, my existing $45/month didn’t-exist-anymore-but-we’ll-let-you-keep-it-if-you-give-us-your-soul Sprint plan would be defunct. I’d have to upgrade the plan and pay an extra monthly fee for having a smartphone (???), which was going…

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Lifestyle, Saving Money

How I significantly cut back my monthly expenses

My dog staring at me from the floor
August 12, 2017

In 2014, I was left with a hefty mortgage, a house’s worth of utility bills, and two dogs. I’ve always had an innate drive to save money, so I wasn’t in immediate trouble, but I knew my expenses would quickly drain my bank account if I didn’t make some serious changes.