Dog Adoption Rates Have Sky-Rocketed. Here’s How to Bring Home You’re Own Furry Friend

Photo credit: Tony Garcia - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tony Garcia – Getty Images

From Woman’s Day

When a person decides it’s time to adopt a dog, they usually fall into one of two categories: They become so excited about the prospect of never-ending puppy snuggles they assume the entire process will be a cakewalk, or they’re so nervous and anxious they descend down a rabbit hole of Google searches and read a plethora of “how to adopt a pet” guides.

In reality, adopting a dog is a little bit of both: You’re excited, and scared, and nervous, and can’t wait to have a furry friend to cuddle and play with. And now that a large number of Americans are continuing to sheltering-in-place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, more and more people are adopting pets and expanding their families, one little fluff at a time. But there will always be dogs who need homes, even in

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6 ways to avoid costly home renovation mistakes

Laveta Brigham

Many of us are spending more time at home in 2020, which could mean having more time to take on home improvement projects. But home renovations aren’t just a way to fill time; you want the results to be worth the hard work. The key to any successful project lies in careful planning—including financial strategizing—long before the power tools come out.

Roughly 3 in 5 American homeowners (61 percent) have taken on home improvement projects since March 1, 2020, spending $6,438, on average, according to an August 18–20 NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among 1,414 homeowners.

Whether you’re outfitting your home with a new office or classroom, or taking on long-intended improvements such as painting or installing new flooring, here are five tips to help you make sure you’re heading into the right project, the right way.

Consider return on investment

Any project may be worth your

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7 Best Ways to Finance Home Improvement Projects

Laveta Brigham

Home improvement projects have a way of increasing in priority when you’re always in the house.

The leaky kitchen faucet never really bothered you until you had to turn your kitchen table into a desk, forcing you to listen to the dribble. All. Day. Long.

Or maybe you discovered your cozy home isn’t quite big enough to also house an office, gym and school, so you need to rethink your space.

Whatever the reason and whatever the size of the project, you need to make a change — but how are you going to pay for it?

Considering the eye-popping price tag — the average cost for just a garage door replacement is $3,695 and a minor kitchen remodel surpasses $23,000 — you might not know where to start for financing your home improvement projects.

But whether the price tag is a few hundred dollars or into the triple digits,

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50 Easy Ways To Make Money From Home

Laveta Brigham

Whether you’re between jobs, a stay-at-home parent or just want to make some extra money without leaving the house, these work-from-home jobs can boost your income, helping you make ends meet, pay down debt or reach savings goals.

Legitimate work-from-home jobs do exist but beware of scams that require you to pay upfront for the chance to earn extra money.

Find out how you can easily make extra money from home.

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2020

1. Pet Sit

If you love animals, getting paid to watch other people’s pets is a dream job.

Sites like Rover connect pet sitters with pet owners. You’ll need to set up a profile explaining why you’d be a great pet sitter, but once you’re approved, you can set your own rates and hours. You could earn up to $1,000 per month, according to Rover.

2. Sell Stock Photographs

If you have a knack

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Home and car insurance firms told to stop over-charging existing customers

Laveta Brigham

A watchdog will tell car insurance firms not to charge existing customers more to renew than they charge new customers. Photo: PA
A watchdog will tell car insurance firms not to charge existing customers more to renew than they charge new customers. Photo: PA

Home and car insurance firms are set to be banned from charging existing customers more than new ones, under a watchdog’s “radical” plans that could save customers £370m ($473m) a year.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a proposed crackdown on “harmful pricing practices” on Tuesday, as it unveiled a consultation on plans to shake up the home and car insurance industries.

Around 6 million customers pay “high or very high” prices for such insurance, according to the FCA. They would save a total of £1.2bn a year if they paid the average cost for customers of the same risk level.

“The FCA is proposing that when a customer renews their home or motor insurance policy, they pay no more than they would if they were new to

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Best apps to play games with friends at home

Laveta Brigham

As coronavirus case are on the rise in the UK, socialising while social distancing has never been so easy thanks to a new generation of apps (iStock)
As coronavirus case are on the rise in the UK, socialising while social distancing has never been so easy thanks to a new generation of apps (iStock)

As new lockdown restrictions have been introduced to combat the rapidly increasing cases of coronavirus in the UK, and working from home continues to be in place for most, chances are you may be feeling a little restless from the lack of social interaction that’s on the horizon.

From Thursday 24 September, pubs, cafes and restaurant will have a 10pm curfew, following the chief medical officers of all four nations of the UK lifted the Covid-19 alert level to 4, indicating the pandemic is in general circulation with transmission “high or rising exponentially”.

In areas which have seen a spike in cases, local lockdowns have also been enforced.

Fortunately, staying social while social distancing has never been easier thanks to a near-endless array

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Average UK home and car insurance costs to fall under watchdog plans

Laveta Brigham

A watchdog will tell car insurance firms not to charge existing customers more to renew than they charge new customers. Photo: PA
A watchdog will tell car insurance firms not to charge existing customers more to renew than they charge new customers. Photo: PA

Home and car insurance firms are set to be banned from charging existing customers more than new ones, under a watchdog’s “radical” plans that could save customers £370m ($473m) a year.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a proposed crackdown on “harmful pricing practices” on Tuesday, as it unveiled a consultation on plans to shake up the home and car insurance industries.

Around 6 million customers pay “high or very high” prices for such insurance, according to the FCA. They would save a total of £1.2bn a year if they paid the average cost for customers of the same risk level.

“The FCA is proposing that when a customer renews their home or motor insurance policy, they pay no more than they would if they were new to

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Need an extra PC for working or schooling from home? Here are some solutions

Laveta Brigham

You’re not alone if you’ve been faced with this dilemma: The kids are now schooling from home and each need a computer to attend classes and get work done, yet budgets are tight because of a lost job or reduced hours because of the pandemic.

To complicate matters further, parents may also be working from home this fall, and they, too, need a computer to get things done. And it may be your responsibility to pick one up in this B.Y.O.D. (“bring your own device”) work world we’re in today.

Understandably, you might not be able to afford a fancy new computer for everyone in the home. If taking turns with a desktop or laptop isn’t a viable option, the following are a few suggestions and workarounds that won’t break the bank.

Chromebook, headphones, desks: Virtual school supplies come with real spike in spending

Chromebooks typically cost less than Windows PCs and Macs. So long as the school (or office) says it’s ok for getting work done – and a lot of your files are stored in the cloud -- it might be perfectly fine for your needs. This is the Lenovo 100e, for $169.
Chromebooks typically cost less than Windows
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Polish retailers seek eastern promise closer to home as coronavirus bites

Laveta Brigham

By Anna Koper and Michael Kahn

WARSAW/PRAGUE (Reuters) – Poland’s big clothing and footwear retailers LPP <LPPP.WA> and CCC <CCCP.WA> are switching focus back to eastern Europe, sizing opportunities to add brick-and-mortar stores as international rivals concentrate on online sales during the pandemic.

LPP – eastern Europe’s answer to H&M <HMb.ST> and Inditex’s <ITX.MC> Zara – has expressed ambitions to emulate its two rivals as a top five global fashion brand.

Those plans have stalled as the pandemic has hit consumer spending, but with eastern Europe weathering the crisis better than Western economies, the retailer sees better prospects in its home region.

“Our approach to expansion has changed due to the epidemic,” LPP’s Deputy Chief Executive Przemyslaw Lutkiewicz told Reuters. “We hope that from the next year we will return to the expansion of new stores, but mainly in the eastern markets.”

LPP’s push comes as some big Western brands

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Covid-19 is sending 18-29 year olds back home to family

Laveta Brigham

When the coronavirus shuttered the hospitality industry in March, Chicago bartender Garrett Collins moved back home to Edmond, Oklahoma, where he now lives with his parents and grandmother.

“When I first moved in, I felt pretty guilty,” Collins, 27, said. “I felt like I was very lucky and privileged in a way to have the ability to move back in with my parents. I felt guilty that I didn’t lock onto some career path that had made me able to look after myself on my own,” he said. “When I moved back in, I had this kinda shame.”

52 percent of people, ages 18 to 29, are now living with their parents due to the pandemic.

Collins might feel better to know his experience is part of the new normal. Across the country, the coronavirus has sent millions of young adults back into childhood bedrooms, altering family dynamics, and changing

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