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Cost of a Dog Walker V. Mechanical Dog Entertainer

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Darwin in his glory: playing chase with a tennis ball.

How much do you spend on a dog walker? Our local dog whisperer charges $21 for a 45-minute visit that leaves our pooch tired. I would argue that every dollar she charges is worth it – we just don’t have the extra cash to spend on Darwin.

Darwin is our 11-year old mini Daschund. He is a sweetie a lot of the time and a bad dog the rest of the time, usually because he hasn’t gotten a walk. I won’t go into details about when he is a very bad dog, other than there is a reason we have wood floors.

There is an alternative to hiring a dog walker and that is an iFetch: a toy that spits out mini tennis balls for a dog to chase. The beauty of it is you can train your dog to feed the balls into the toy himself. So the toy plays fetch with your dog, while you relax!

Is a dog walker cheaper than a mechanical toy?

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5 tricks to make hair color last longer

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Save money by stretching visits to the salon – via Shutterstock

Maintaining hair color is expensive and time-consuming. That is why, with the exception of a three-month mistake of box red in college, I have not dyed my hair. Salon color treatments can range anywhere from $100-$350 and no I am not kidding. So, when I started to see some grays and pulled the trigger, I knew I had to make my dollars stretch as far as possible. So I found ways to make my highlights last longer – sometimes as long as three extra weeks!

5 tricks to make hair color last longer

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Laura Taylor, Tomato Expert

Growing Your Own Tomatoes – Advice From an Expert

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Laura Taylor, Tomato Specialist

Laura Taylor is a tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes and personally teaches over 30 classes each year. She has been featured in various newspapers and radio shows and is a repeat guest teacher at Los Angeles area cooking schools. I went to her for advice about growing your own tomatoes – can you really save money in the long run, or is it all just a big expense?

Secrets from a tomato specialist.

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11 Discount Tire Coupons and Secrets

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Replacing your tires? Use these tips to help you save! Via Shutterstock.

It’s finally Spring which means road trips and vacations are on the way! If you’re planning a road trip (like me!) you’ll want your car to be in tip top shape…and that may mean spending money on new tires. Check out these tips and secrets to scoring discount tire deals.

11 Discount Tire Secrets Revealed

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5 Top Deals in 10 Major Cities

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Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, and San Jose. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide.

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Los Angeles has a lot to Offer Budget Travelers

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The city of Angels…Los Angeles! Via Shutterstock

Los Angeles is a city where the whole is greater than its parts. The world-class beaches, artist colonies, Hollywood and proximity to Disneyland and other famous theme parks, makes Los Angeles the tourist’s dream destination. Budget travelers need not worry because it’s possible to visit the City of Angles without spending a small fortune. Hotels in Los Angeles range from luxurious beyond your imagination to backpacker’s hostels and everything in between. (more…)

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Gym Membership V. Free Online Exercise Videos

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Jillian Michaels of 30-day Shred fame. DFree/ Via Shutterstock

We’re debating re-joining the gym at a significant cost or working out at home with free online exercise videos. So far, I’m digging Jillian’s Michael’s 30-day Shred on YouTube and loving the zero cost. But I also miss swimming at the gym and the social aspect of working out. I need your advice – should we splurge and join the gym or workout at home for free?

Do you pay to work out?

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How to Get Simple Wallpapering Step by Step

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Is this wallpaper going to look as good as I think it will? Via Shutterstock

Most people believe that putting up wallpaper is inherently difficult. While this is sometimes true, it doesn’t have to be if you prepare beforehand. Learning how to wallpaper yourself can save thousands of dollars compared to the cost of hiring a crew to do it for you. And it is certainly cheaper than hiring a team to strip off old paneling, sheetrock, or plaster walls.

To save money, here’s how to hang wallpaper, step-by-step, the easy way.

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How to Build Raised Garden Beds

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Will you be gardening this year? Via Shutterstock.

Spring is right around the corner which means it’s time for flowers, farmer’s markets, and gardening! This year I’m planning on making my own raised bed garden so I’ve been doing TONS of research on different options.

Raised garden beds give you more flexibility about where you can plant different things so you can get creative. With different beds ranging everywhere from $10 to over $150 it can be hard to decide what choice to make BUT I’m here to help and answer all your raised garden bed questions!

What you need to know about raised garden beds

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21 Reuses for Toilet Paper Rolls

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Put those empty toilet paper rolls to good use – via Shutterstock

As you know from my 21 Reuses for Freezer Bags and 21 Uses for Coffee Grounds (apparently I love the number 21) posts, I don’t like to waste things. I take pride every week in how small the garbage sack is at the bottom of my driveway. It means I am reusing, reducing and recycling! That being said, every time I stared at that cardboard tube, I knew there had to be more uses for empty toilet paper rolls than throwing them in the recycle bin or shouting funny voices through them (which is hilarious every time, by the way). So without further ado …

21 Reuses for Toilet Paper Rolls

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Ready for a Change in Home Decor? Design Tips

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Spring is here. Time to redecorate! Via Shutterstock

Giving your home interior a makeover can be so exhilarating, but frustrating at the same time. You know that you’re tired of the same old scenery every time you walk in the door. The hard part is knowing where to begin. Don’t be overwhelmed.

Start with one room or focus on one aspect of your décor at a time.

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My 11 Favorite Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten-free peanut butter cookies

When I first started cooking for my son’s doctor-recommended gluten free diet, it was a challenge. There was no nearby Whole Foods – or any health food store – and I bought most of my ingredients online. I had a pantry full of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xantham gum, guar gum, garfava bean flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour…and other ingredients that completely baffled my friends who bake with typical ingredients.

And it wasn’t cheap! Many of the flours were  bitter to the taste and much of my hard work wound up in the trash. When the raccoons picked through our garbage, even they didn’t want it. Gluten free recipes have come a long way since then. Many are simpler to make, have less ingredients and less costly ingredients. And more importantly, they taste good.

Here are my 11 favorite easy gluten free recipes.

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How to Start a Conversation That Gets People Talking

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Online dating can be a fun conversation. Via Shutterstock

For the best online dating experience, you need to be able to start a conversation that will keep going. How else are you going to get to know a potential mate – and share the best parts of yourself? If you are looking for conversation starters, the dating site Kovla.com has several conversation topics for online dating. Whether you’re dating or networking or new to town, being able to talk to people you don’t know is an important skill.

8 Tips To Start a Conversation

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Top 5 Deals in Top 10 Cities

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Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals and top coupons this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide. Hope you find something deal-icious!

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