Money Saving Sundays: This Weeks Top Kids & Pets Deals, Coupons, and More!

Introducing “Money Saving Sundays.” I thought it’d be fun to help other thrifty shoppers out there do some money saving. So, every Sunday I’ll supply you with awesome deals and coupons for kids and pets. Plus, you may even find a glitch or two posted. 

All of the information posted below was valid as of Money Saving Sunday, February 19, 2017. I can’t guarantee availability or accuracy. For any concerns you’re going to want to contact the company offering the deal.

Alright, now that all of the legal mumbo jumbo is out of the way. Who is ready for some money saving fun?!

If you know of any money saving tips, tricks, offers, or whatever saves us money – let us know in the comment section below! You never know who you may help out.

Money Saving Sundays

Money Saving Sundays

Money Saving For Pets

Money Saving Coupons



Money Saving Offers

Get 14% off your Pooch Perks Box with code RUFF14!

Kurgo is having a cyber sale right now. Everything is 40% off!

Right now at HealthyPets.Com you can get 20% off dental products with the code SOFRESH.

Only Natural Pet is having a President’s Day Sale. You can get 30% off your order with code USAMADE. This is valid until 03/20/2017.

Entirely Pets pretty much has a sale going on year round. You can get up to 80% off pet products.

EntirelyPets Daily Deal - A new deal daily
Pets Warehouse is another great place to buy for your pet. Most of their products are 50% off retail!

PetSmart also has a current offer. You get free shipping on orders that are over $19!

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Plus, keep an ear out. A little birdie told me soon that they’ll offer free shipping with no minimum!

Money Saving For The Kids

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Ok, so Filly Flair has some super duper cute kids clothes. Plus, their prices are already pretty low. Right now you can get $5 off your $50 order. You just use the code FILLY5 at checkout. You can actually stock up on quite a bit with 50 bucks. Plus, they have super cute outfits like the one below.

 

Crazy 8 always has CRAZY good offers! Right now they are offering FREE SHIPPING with absolutely no minimum!

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!
Plus, Crazy 8 is having an awesome President’s Day Sale right now! A lot of their items are up to 80% off! Plus, add in that free shipping. That’s a steal.

Here’s another little tip.. use the code PRES15 at checkout and get another 15% off your order! But, that offer ends tomorrow! (2/20/17)

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I didn’t find any great glitches, yet. But, make sure you’re following me on social media. Because, if I come across any, I’ll post them there!

Pet Dental Health Month: Celebrating Your Pet’s Smile This February!

Pet dental health is so important! In fact, it’s so important that there is a whole month dedicated to it! February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Some people giggle at the thought of someone brushing their pets teeth. But, pet dental health is very important. Just like us, the condition of your pets teeth is actually a window into how well they’re doing overall. 

I’m guilty of not being able to resist puppy breath. Some people think it’s an acquired love. I guess I’ll have to agree. But, I think there is one thing all pet owners can agree on. Bad pet breath can really ruin cuddle time. But, bad breath is something that should be taken seriously. There are many underlying things that could cause a pets bad breath.

Pet Dental Health: Bad Breath Causes

  • Dental disease
  • Gum disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver issues
  • Kidney issues
  • Sinusitis
  • Diet

Most veterinarians recommend a dental exam is done at least once a year. Every 6 months for pets who are considered “seniors.”

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So, if you want to keep the bad breath down, there’s a few steps you can take.

See a veterinarian.

This may not be your #1 choice. As veterinarian appointments can be expensive. But, bad breath may be caused by some serious underlying issues. So, it’s vital to get your a pet a thorough check up.

Brush your pets teeth.

Brushing your pets teeth is vital for health pet dental health. They even make specialized tooth brushes and toothpaste. You can even use a washcloth. It’s recommended that you at least brush your pets teeth once daily.

Add an additive to your pets food/water.

There are a lot of products out there that can be added to your pets food or water. They will help freshen your pets breath.

Add treats to your pets routine that help fight bad breath.

There are also tons of treats available to help with pets bad breath. Many veterinarian offices also carry prescription pet dental health treats.

Allow a veterinarian to perform a dental cleaning.

Just like us, dental cleanings are important for pets.

How will you and your pet(s) celebrate Pet Dental Health Month?!

How To Rock Your Pet Sitting Business

Do you love all things furry and four legged? Then pet sitting may be the step you need to take. Pet sitting allows you to spend time with furry friends all while making money. What’s the best part? If you start your own pet sitting business you have flexible hours, too. The pet industry continues to boom every year. Why not put your foot out there? It’s time for you to become part of the pet industry, too!

About 8 years ago I took on my first pet sitting gig. I was working at a local veterinarian clinic that offered boarding. We had an older couple that were regular clients. They had the sweetest, senior Chihuahua mix. The couple was aware we offered boarding. But, due to the numerous health problems their dog had, they wanted another option. They asked the veterinarian at the clinic about other options. In response, she began to spread the word around the office. Then she asked me, directly, if I would be interested.

Prior to that invitation, I had never pet sat. What was pet sitting anyways?! But, apparently I was the perfect candidate. I only had one other dog at the time. Another senior Chihuahua. After talking it over with my roommate, I agreed to do it. I contacted the owners, they dropped the dog off, I watched him a few days, and they picked him up and paid me. Easy peasy, right? Well, it depends.

When I took on my first “pet sitting client” 8 years ago, I didn’t know about the legal side of it. I thought I was just doing a favor. The couple never made me sign a contract or threaten me with legal action. Plus, at the end of it all they paid me in cash. This may still be the scenario in some cases, too. But, there is a lot more behind running a successful pet sitting business.

Shortly after my first pet sitting gig, I wanted to turn it into a business. My #1 information avenue was searching the internet. 

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There are so many amazing pet sitting resources out there. People really have a passion for the pet industry. Plus, numbers don’t lie when it comes to statistics. The pet industry is a billion dollar industry. It’s a billion dollar industry that blooms every year. People love their pets, that’s for sure.

I highly recommend checking out “Pet Sitting for Profit” by Patti J. Moran. It’s packed with easy to understand knowledge. Plus, it lists almost every resource a pet sitting business needs! 

So, let’s start with the basics. There are a few things that should be prepared before you go in full force. I hate to be blunt. But, we live in a sue happy society. You just have to be prepared.

Pet Sitting Business Basics

  • In 2016, it was noted that 65% of households own at least one pet.
  • Pet owners spent $5.73 billion on their pets. That’s compared to the $5.41 billion spent in 2015.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11% increase in pet industry job growth between 2014 and 2024. Which is considered above average.

 

The proof is there. The pet industry isn’t going anywhere. It’s a billion dollar industry! So, pet sitting experts are in top demand.

There is a harsh reality to face when considering pet sitting. Well, a few harsh realities. Pet sitting isn’t always playing with cute puppies. Sometimes it can even lead to heartache. But, none the less, it’s a rewarding job that allows you many opportunities. Pet sitting gives you the chance to connect with your community. You can set your own hours (for the most part). Also, there is the opportunity to play with adorable puppies.

Harsh Realities of Pet Sitting

  • You’re going to get dirty. There will be poop and urine to clean up. You may even deal with some vomiting. A lot of dogs like to get dirty, too.
  • People like to sue people. Why? Because it can equal up to some major dollars. That’s why protecting your pet sitting business is important. But, we’ll touch on that in a little bit.
  • There’s a chance you may have to administer medications. That’s why it’s important to be up front with pet owners. If you’re not comfortable, or don’t know how to give insulin – be up front! Proper medicating of pets is very important.
  • You’ll experience heartache. Some of your favorite clients will pass.
  • Some pet owners are very particular. You may be making homemade dog food. You may even be on a strict schedule.
  • Emergencies happen. Make sure you’re 100% honest with what you’re capable of doing.
  • Be prepared to have some house cleaning to do. Pets can be messy. Inside and outside.
  • Sometimes you may be out in less than desirable conditions. Ya know, like snow, rain, all that good stuff.
  • You may be recorded in someones home. If you’re interested in the laws on recording someone you can check out my post: Is Recording Someone Legal? Well, It Depends.

Don’t let the harsh realities of the pet sitting businesses scare you away. There are a lot of positive aspects, too. I hope the reality of pet sitting hasn’t scared you off. Because, now it’s time to learn how to ROCK your pet sitting business!

How to Rock Your Pet Sitting Business

At my other blog, TheThriftyBark.com, you can find a neat little infographic I put together. I’ve posted it below for ya’ll.

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Pack the Ultimate Pet Sitting Tote

  • Extra Leashes – Accidents happen. Better safe than sorry to keep a few extra on you.
  • Treats – A great reward system. Plus, a great way to get the attention of a pet who isn’t quite interested in you. 😉
  • Pet First Aid Kit – Once again, accidents happen. Better safe than sorry.
  • Cleaning Supplies – I don’t think I have to repeat the “accidents happen” again. Always keep paper towels, disinfectant, extra bags, etc. in case of the occasional “uh oh.”
  • Extra Collars – To go with the extra leashes, of course!
  • Pet Waste Bags – This kind of falls into the “cleaning supplies” list.
  • Extra Pet Toys – I know a few dogs who can’t resist the sound of a squeaky toy.
  • Bottled Water – Those walks can get hot. Make sure you and your furry friend stay hydrated.
  • Pet Sitting Contracts – These are important to keep. They ensure you’re doing the job the way the pet owner wanted it done.
  • Notepad + Pen – This will allow you to jot down any notes about your pet sitting visit.
  • Business Cards – You never know who you’ll meet on your walk. Have business cards available in case anyone inquires about your services.
  • Camera/Smartphone – One of the things pet owners ask for are pictures. They love seeing their pets while they’re away. Capture your pet sitting stay.

Remember earlier when I talked about people being “sue happy?” This is where the “legal” aspect of pet sitting comes in.

The best way to obtain insurance for your pet sitting business is to look into a pet sitting agency.

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

Right now, as of 11/21/2016, NAPPS is offering a 10-day sneak preview of what you can get as a member. This is absolutely free. Thanks to NAPPS, though, you can receive many discounts on your pet sitting insurance.

Pet Sitters International

I was a member of Pet Sitters International during my pet sitting career. The best part is they have memberships for the United States, Canada, and International. You can also get discounts on pet sitting insurance through them as well.

Branding your Pet Sitting Business

If you want to go the professional route, make sure you make a name for your business. Create a logo. Have your logo on your business cards and your contracts. Make sure your clients remember you.

Canva & PicMonkey are great and simple ways for you to brand your pet sitting business. CreativeMarket.Com is another great way to find products to help you.

But, I have to say without a doubt, that Patti J. Moran’s book “Pet Sitting for Profit” has been my #1 resource. You can check it out on Amazon here.

Are you into pet sitting? What are your tips on starting and succeeding in the pet industry? Drop a comment below. You never know who you might help!

 

 

DIY Pet Stains & Odor Removal Cleaning Agents

This is a guest post thanks to Demi over at Clean Start Cleaning Services.

Ah, pets! The kids that we have not given birth to! As much as we love our furry little friends and take care of them, accidents do happen and instead of getting angry or disappointed in your pet, you should just make sure that you are prepared to act fast and deal with the issue. Below you will find help and instructions on how to make yourself DIY pet stains and odor removal cleaning detergents that are efficient and all-natural.

And it does not matter how many pets you have, whether they are cats or dogs, or both, the following recipes for home-made pet stains cleaning products should be efficient for either case.

DIY Pet Stains & Odor Removal

For the new urine smells you need to make sure to remove as much of the urine as possible, use paper towels for the purpose. Then you can put the soaked towels at your pet’s bathroom place so that it is reminded of where their bathroom is.

Then act fast and use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to prevent the stain from setting into your carpet. Mix a ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and add a teaspoon of a liquid dish soap. Then sprinkle the entire stain with baking soda and add the liquid. Start scrubbing gently the mixture with a cloth or a brush, but gently, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then simply vacuum off the baking soda. If the stain is still there you can repeat this action as many times as it is necessary.

The baking soda acts as a deodorizer in this case and the hydrogen peroxide removes the stain.

Another cleaning product that you can DIY to help you in the fight against pet urine smell and stains is to use both vinegar and baking soda. You will need 2 cups of warm water and 2 cups white (distilled) vinegar, a spray bottle (not necessary) and about 4 -5 teaspoons of baking soda.

Again, the first thing to do is remove the excess urine from your carpet using paper towels. Mix the water and the vinegar in the bottle or in a bowl and add the baking soda. When it stops fizzing it is ready to use. Spray the area or apply the solution with a sponge and let it soak for about 5 minutes. When the time has passed gently scrub and blot the area.

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There is another interesting way to eliminate pet odors from your home provided by Canary Wharf CleanStart. Not just the urine smell but the dog or respectively, cat smell that they have. You can use the following recipe on any upholstery in your home – carpet, sofa, pillows, mattress, etc.

In a spray bottle mix two parts water and one part mouthwash – shake the bottle well and spray your couch or carpet with it. Put newspaper on the sprayed area and let it sit for a while. The newspaper will absorb the bad smell and the mouthwash will leave it fresh-scented for a while. The mouthwash smell will wear off and the pet odor will be gone as well. You can use this even on your pet’s bed.

If you do not have carpets to deal with, but have a hard floor you can make a floor cleaner specifically to take care of the smells and stains left by your pet – mix a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap, ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and a ½ cup of white vinegar in a bowl or a spray bottle. Either spray on your floor and wipe with a rag or simply use a mop. This will clean your floors from muddy or any other stains your pet has made and also remove any unpleasant odor.

These DIY cleaning products are easy to make, save you money and work miraculously. Make sure you try them soon.

Starter Pack Memes for Bloggers and Pet Lovers

So, I’ve began to realize how popular these “Starter Pack Memes” are. I have to admit, some of them are hilarious to me. Plus, some of them you can’t deny aren’t true. I’ve decided to create a few of those “Starter Pack Memes” for your entertainment. Well, for my entertainment, too. In my Starter Pack Memes I tried to be considerate. Because I believe that every person I listed is a vital part of the community. 

Ya’ll have seen those “Starter Pack Memes” right?! You know the ones that show what you need to be a certain type of person. Now, some of them are quite judgmental. But, some of them are right on par. Plus. pretty hilarious, too.

Some of the great people I know deserve to be celebrated. In order to do that, I created my own “Starter Pack Memes.” Yep. But, these aren’t to degrade these professionals. These “Starter Pack Memes” are to hopefully bring a smile upon a blogger or even a pet owners face.

Now I’d like to introduce you to my newly designed “Starter Pack Memes.” Created just for ya’ll, of course! 😉

Dogs and Kids “Starter Pack” Memes

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The Cat Lady “Starter Pack” Meme

I’m not ashamed to say at one time I was the “crazy cat lady.” I worked in a cat sanctuary for a year. It housed over 300 cats. Yep, that’s right 300 of them. I loved my job. Plus, I loved the cats. At one time my family and I fostered 14 cats. That’s a lot. So, I love this “Cat Lady Starter Pack” meme!

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The “Animal Rescue” Starter Pack Meme

For over 10 years, I’ve dedicated my life to animal rescue. So, I’d say this “Animal Rescue” Starter Pack meme really hits home. I remember crawling under cars in a junk yard. Just to rescue a dozen puppies. It involved knee high boots and welding gloves. These puppies were feral. Completely feral.

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The “I Can’t, It’s My Dogs Birthday” Starter Pack Meme

I know you’ve seen the memes with the dog and their human cuddled up in bed. Then a friend calls asking for a night out. But, nope not happening. Wanna know why? Because it’s the dogs birthday! Now, I’ll have to admit. I’ve owned quite a few dogs in my lifetime. I’ve thrown a birthday party for just one of them. I know. I’m a horrible pet owner. 😉

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The “I Just Got A Puppy” Starter Pack Meme

We all get excited when we get a new pet. Nothing is more fun to watch than someone who got a new puppy. Be prepared to see cute outfits, cute bows, and lots of treats. Oh, had to add the chewed up book. Because, that comes with puppy territory, too.

So, let’s talk all you social media moguls. Do you love memes?! If so, share with me some of YOUR favorite “Starter Pack Memes.” I’m always looking for a good laugh. Oh, and don’t worry pet professionals. I’ve got a few more coming just for you!

Nature’s Logic: Great For Dogs With High Protein Diets

Disclosure: I received a bag of Nature’s Logic Duck & Salmon Meal dry kibble for free. But, as always, all opinions are my own. They are not influenced by the compensation. 

Pluto, our Boston Terrier, is full of energy. He’s constantly running, jumping, and playing. To keep his energy going we sometimes buy him a dog food with higher protein. But, when considering a high protein dog food, you have to look at the dog, too. There are also a few more factors that come into play, too. I’ll be honest, when I first owned a dog, I had no idea. I just fed them whatever. They lived long, healthy lives, too. 

The thought of a high protein dog food may make some pet professionals and owners shudder. The most important thing to remember is: proteins are essential, but in reasonable portions from top notch sources. So, when you’re looking at the protein amount in dog food, you have to factor in other things. Like the source of protein.

Too much protein in a dog’s diet is sometimes harmful. Their body has a hard time processing the protein. So, it’s found in the dog’s urine. So, when I got my bag of Nature’s Logic, I was a little worried. The protein seemed a big high. But, I had to remember it was important for me to look at the other factors, too.

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Nature’s Logic Duck & Salmon Meal Dog Kibble Pros

  • No synthetic vitamins
  • No synthetic minerals
  • #1 Ingredient: Duck Meal
  • Fruit & veggie concentrated

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Always remember, when you’re looking for a dog food. Consider your dogs age, weight, breed, activity level, etc. Your veterinarian will more than likely be happy to discuss a suitable diet for your dog with you. 

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Another great thing is the kibble size. It’s small. So, it’s great for smaller dogs. It’s also great for older dogs who can’t chew as well. For example, my senior dog Mack. We let him try some of Nature’s Logic, too. Just like Pluto, it’s hard to get a picture of them eating. They love to eat! But, I was able to get a picture of him begging for more. Even through those gorgeous, old man cataract eyes.

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So, I feel like the crude protein (36%) is a little on the higher end. But, the great thing is, the protein is coming from good protein sources. Sources that must meet the Association of American Feed Control Officials standards. Plus, you can’t beat the veggies and fruits that are in the mix.

Nature’s Logic Veggie & Fruit Mix

  • Dried Tomato
  • Dried Carrot
  • Dried Apple
  • Dried Pumpkin
  • Dried Blueberry
  • Dried Spinach
  • Dried Broccoli

But, what if your dog is sensitive to a certain protein? Nature’s Logic offers a variety of protein mixes. High protein diets are ideal for puppies and dogs with high energy. We sometimes gave dog’s high protein diets that suffered from pancreatitis at the vet office I worked at.

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But, remember: I’m not a veterinarian. So, any diet concerns should be discussed with a veterinarian. 

Overall, I’m pleased with Nature’s Logic. The protein is all good protein. You can’t beat the variety, either. I think Pluto and Mack give it two paws up. Because they demolished it!

Are you familiar with the Nature’s Logic brand? What’s your opinion? I’d love to know and share feedback with the brand!