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Ways to Save on Summer Entertaining

saving money on a staycation

Summer is prime vacation season, but if money is tight, there are tons of ways to save on summer entertaining without leaving home. Your family can take a “staycation” and enjoy the fun and interesting things to do in your own community. Staycations give families a chance to do those local activities you always talk about but never seem to find time to take advantage of because of busy schedules. Local Events Summer is prime time for county and city events and festivals. While some admission tickets can be pricey, there are often family nights or local discounts. Sometimes entrance can be had with donation of a canned food item! Look for free concerts, a demolition derby, or rodeos that provide hours of entertainment on the cheap. Explore Nature in Your Back Yard Whether in a rural or urban setting, most people aren’t too far from parks or trails. One of the best things about living in rural Colorado is the ability to be in the desert or mountains within a short period of time. Hiking, biking, fishing, and picnics are all cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer. To score bonus points in creativity, set up a scavenger ...

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Puppy Or Older Dog: Which Costs More?

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I am an animal lover, and I especially favor dogs. Maybe cats are smarter and more independent, but there is nothing like a tail wagging at 100 mph and a big tongue hanging out to greet you when you come home from being gone five minutes or five hours. (These are my dogs, not my husband) I took in another foster puppy this week. He is only with us for a few days while he is recovering from surgery. My permanent dogs are 4 and 10 years old. With the contrast in ages, I’ve been wondering if it costs more money to get an older dog or a puppy? From my recent experiences, I’ll share a cost breakdown. We’ll assume the costs are for mid range quality food, and the veterinary costs are for my area, which may vary depending on where you live.

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