22 years old, and college graduation approaches. I can’t think of a more perfect graduation present to myself than a dog. I have a job lined up, a house with a yard- why not?
Well this infographic might make me think twice. It outlines the first year cost of dogs and cats (I’m not a cat person, so personally I’ll be disregarding that but it’s useful info for you cat people).
My first instinct told me that food would probably be the biggest cost. Not quite. Health insurance and reoccurring health related expenses together cost nearly four times the $120 it takes on average to feed a dog for a year. The numbers for cats are significantly lower than that- but it still costs quite a bit more to keep a cat healthy for a year than it does to feed it.
Remember Bob Barker, “Get your pets spayed or neutered!”- that’s good and all, but he never mentioned how much that costs: $200 for a dog and $145 for a cat. I guess that’s s small price to pay to avoid running a puppy mill and or kitten haven, but that’s definitely not chunk change.
Looks like getting a dog might cost a little bit more than I thought- this infographic estimates that it would cost about $1,500 in the first year. Yikes. Good thing I got that job. It’s less than that for a cat- $1,035, but cats are nowhere near as cool as dogs (sorry!). When was the last time you saw a cat fetch? Anyway- if any of you out there are thinking of acquiring a pet, take a look at this infographic first and make sure you can afford it, otherwise you’ll be eating ramen every night to make sure you can feed that furry friend. [Via]
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I sat down at my computer a few weeks ago to check my online banking account, just like I do every other day. I was hoping I had some extra spending money to go out with that evening, but I was surprised to see my account was in the negative. I saw several charges – some of which were pending – from newegg.com, a site I had never actually used before. I immediately called my bank, who took off the pending charges right away and cancelled my accounts. They told me I was the victim of debit card fraud, and they would work to refund the rest of my money and give me new account information.
I was completely shocked. I went through the whole ‘How could this happen to me?’ moment. Luckily, it could have been worse; I could have had my identity stolen. Whoever got my card information did not actually get ahold of my billing address, which is what saved me from losing more money than I did. But still, I’m being forced to reevaluate where I use my personal information and debit card.
It’s scary to think about how I almost became one of the statistics on this infographic. Unfortunately, the United States is a fraud-friendly country because our cards still use the outdated magnetic strip on the back, as opposed to a microchip inside. And until the day comes that we finally make the switch, my advice for you is to be careful and check your accounts often. Trust me when I say that it can happen to anyone. [via]
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Football, sometimes known as soccer, is one of the worlds’ most coveted games. Millions of dollars are invested in the game and people spend tons on tickets and merchandise. With such popularity, the game needs to adapt to changing times, but how can the sport be made to better serve the viewers as well as allow the referees to make better calls? We only need to look to the future!
Live player stats can be monitored throughout the game. Items that will be cataloged is a multitude of information like the amount ran, accuracy, and time on the field. This could easily settle the arguments about which player is the best.
We all know that some players have huge egos that can lead to dishonest behavior such as pretending to be hit hard. Impact visualizers will provide different colors in the event of a strong hit or a soft hit made by player against another. Impact visualizers could potentially put an end to babies rolling around on the field trying to get the opposing player another electronically displayed yellow card on their shoulder.
For even better visuals, jerseys can be illuminated as well as carry live ads that will grant the spectators to register more precise movements made by players and draw in more money. Just how might these kits (uniforms) be powered, you ask? The kits will be powered by the kinetic energy of a player that will be converted to an electrical current. Yeah, the future.
Soccer (football), just as life, is ever changing. Stay tuned. Keep loving the game and enjoy what the future has to offer! [Source: Bwin]
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Being a 22 year old recent college graduate, and finding myself cutoff from the lifeblood of my parents’ money for the first time ever-I’m suddenly searching for any way possible to save cash. For most of those reading, I’m sure you are too. Keeping car insurance payments as low as possible is one of the more effective ways to do this. But how do you do it? Well, our good friends at Quoteschimp.com know a few ways.
If your last name is moneybags- you can save big by paying your annual premium up front. However there are more ways to save on auto insurance that are a little more accessible to people living on a budget- such as cutting out paper and paying online or driving a hybrid or electric car.
Believe it or not- taking a break from driving can also save you cash. The less you drive, the less you will pay on your premium. Walk or ride a bike, you’ll save money and your thighs will thank you. Also, if you’ve done well in school and maintained a good gpa, get ready for some savings. The same goes for members of the military. Lastly, one of the easiest ways to save money on your car insurance is leaving your insurer. If you hate your insurance company, switch to a company you do like and increase your expendable income. [QuotesChimp, car insurance savings assistant]
Always remember that you could be paying less- read today’s infographic to find out how.
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Forget baby fever. I have a serious case of animal fever. The same thing happened to me about a year ago when I got my bunny Bella. Don’t get me wrong, I love my rabbit. She is absolutely the most adorable thing I have ever owned. I just want another friend, and for her to have a friend. While the obvious choice is to get another rabbit, they won’t always bond together. I know for a fact that Bella likes dogs, but I can’t decide what I prefer.
Have you ever wondered if you’re more of a dog person or a cat person? Did you know your personality, education, certain preferences and even where you live influence which you care more for? For instance, cat people are more likely to be introverts while dog people are more likely to be extroverted. Women are more likely to own cats, and students are more likely to own dogs. A lot of these statistics seem fitting, especially based on the personality types of most dogs and cats I’ve come across. I think the most interesting category of differences is how people use or view technology.
After discovering this infographic, I feel no closer to making a decision on what animal I should get next. Unfortunately, I identify equally with a lot of the characteristics for both types, particularly those concerning personality. Since I can’t decide between a cat and a dog, I guess I’ll just have to get both.