A new year provides a clean slate, or so we tell ourselves. This tends to be as true with finances as it is for fitness plans. But like resolutions to hit the gym daily, financial resolutions often fall by the wayside as the year progresses. We talked to several couples who have kept their financial resolutions to learn about the keys to their success.
To ring in 2018, here are 16 lessons we learned.
If you're thinking about getting a new pet, consider adopting from a shelter. Not sure how to find your new best friend? Many animal centers employ a pet adoption counselor who can be sure you're matched with the right pet.
An animal adoption counselor is specially trained and passionate about making sure pets are matched to the right homes. People who work in this role also work with families and potential pet parents to equip and prepare them for any special needs or personality quirks thei...
Puppy development involves a lot of stages and milestones as puppies grow into adulthood. Whether you've adopted a puppy and you're wondering when he'll calm down and stop chewing on everything — or you're simply curious about what puppies go through to become full-fledged dogs — this puppy timeline has the answers you're looking for.
Puppies are born blind and deaf, with both their eyes and ears sealed shut. For their first two weeks of life, newborn pups experience the world entirely throug...
Thanks to the fitness tracker you wear on your wrist, you know that taking your dog for a walk is an excellent way to meet your daily step goal. But what about your dog? Do you ever wish for dog technology that could tell you whether his fitness level is up to snuff? You may or may not be surprised to learn that such technology exists, and it's just one of many emerging trends in pet tech designed to make caring for your pet as easy as counting your steps.
In an age of smart homes, robots and...
The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time of the year. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to bring with them increased demands on your time, energy, and money that also increase opportunities for conflict between you and your spouse.
While a certain amount of holiday stress is inevitable, this season doesn’t have to place undue strain on your marriage. Here are 10 ideas to help you and your partner prepare to face holiday stress.
Few things are more frustrating than when you and your spouse differ about the type of life you want to live.
Maybe you’re overwhelmed by too much stuff, or resentful over working long hours. You’re ready to embrace simple living. Your spouse, on the other hand, loves to shop, prefers holding onto material goods, and gives you the death-stare if you suggest donating one of the toaster ovens you got for your wedding to charity.
So what’s a would-be minimalist to do?
Sometimes, living with scarcity is a choice. People decide to reduce, downsize and live with less. But sometimes, scarcity arrives by circumstance.
This is how my husband and I ended up living a simpler lifestyle in the wake of the Great Recession. Layoffs at the company I worked for left us living on a single, small income.
In 2008, I had a great job as a project administrator. My husband returned to school to complete his degree. That fall, we bought our first house, in a city close to my w...
The Apostle Paul extolled the virtues of living a quiet life, and Jesus Christ himself taught that we shouldn’t chase after material goods, but focus instead on serving others and nurturing our faith. Indeed, during his earthly ministry, Jesus seemed to embrace a lifestyle of minimalism and simplicity, trusting God for his every earthly need.
While the Bible doesn’t command us to live simply, it makes a case that simple living can make us more content.
You’ve cleaned out your closets, given truckloads of stuff to charity, streamlined your schedule and seen firsthand how living with less can free up time, money and energy that you can use to focus on what truly matters. But no matter how great the rewards of simpler living, it isn’t always easy to maintain a clutter-free lifestyle. Here are 11 simple life quotes to help you stay focused and motivated when the clutter starts creeping back in.
When you think of service dogs, you might picture highly-trained dogs raised from puppies to perform specialized tasks for people who are physically disabled. You might be surprised to learn that service dogs come in many shapes and sizes and provide a wide variety of services. You might be even more surprised to discover that training a service dog is often accomplished by pet parents just like you. Keep reading to discover whether your dog might have what it takes to become a qualified serv...
Emergencies can be financially devastating if they catch you unprepared. Unfortunately, “unprepared” is a term that describes the majority of Americans.
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Federal Reserve, fewer than half of people in the U.S. have enough savings to cover a major financial catastrophe. Of those who don’t, only 54 percent say they have enough set aside to cover a relatively minor emergency costing only $400. The rest would either have to use credit, borrow money or sel...
While the longstanding wisdom has been that you should not give pets as gifts, a recent study has upended that thinking. It showed not only are pets received as gifts less likely to be surrendered to shelters, but people typically feel more attachment to pets received as gifts from loved ones.
That doesn't mean you should start handing out puppies to everyone on your holiday gift list. There's solid reasoning as to why making gifts out of pets should be entered with caution.
The Fourth of July experience is kind of a mixed bag for me, to tell the truth. As a fiercely independent creature, I'm naturally a fan of having an entire day devoted to celebrating independence. I just don't understand why you humans choose to do so with loud explosions. I mean, is that really your idea of a good time? You can count me out. Or count me under the bed at the very least.
Your dog is pretty good at letting you know he's bored, and he doesn't always pick the most convenient times to do so. Physical exercise is one thing, but could your dog be a mental couch potato? How can you provide mental stimulation for your pooch to keep his brain challenged? We've asked Dr. Leslie, our in-house veterinarian, for the lowdown on how much stimulation your dog's brain needs.