Can’t afford dog food?
Here’s some tips to feed your pet in a financial crisis!
When I was first starting out with my business, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t even have a website yet.
But thanks to all the advice from friends and family, I managed to get it up and running within two years.
I’ve been fortunate enough to sell dog food online since then, but I still don’t own a website or anything like that. And while I’m not complaining, I do wish there were other ways for me to make money besides selling dog food.
So when my friend asked if she could come over one day and help me out with something else, I agreed without thinking too much of it.
What did she bring back?
A bag full of delicious treats! She brought back these little bags of goodies that looked so yummy and I just couldn’t resist them. They tasted great too!
So I decided to give her a couple of bucks every time she bought one. That way, she would buy a few things and then leave with extra cash for me to spend on more stuff.
It worked pretty well for awhile…until I started getting clients asking for recipes and buying dog food online instead. (And they weren’t paying me either! Gr!)
Then I started cooking and selling my own dog food at a local farmer’s market. After a few months, I was able to raise the price just a little bit.
And every once in awhile, I bring in one of those little bags of goodies to give out as samples. But I’m careful about it, because I don’t want the health department coming after me!
Maybe I should bring back the “Happy Puppy Program”?
Nahh, I probably shouldn’t.
The Happy Puppy Program
That’s what I used to call it when my friend was bringing me those treats. See, since she knew I couldn’t afford them very often, she would always give me a few extra.
(She was in college and didn’t really need that much food for herself anyway. She barely even ate)
One time, she brought back a couple of bags full of these little green pellets. They looked like dog food but smelled soooo good!
I couldn’t resist and ate a few of them. They tasted soooo good too! (Even better than the ones she would buy for me at the pet store)
She told me they came from a company that made special food for dogs and they probably had way too many left over pellets. She told me it was a good thing, because now I wouldn’t have to pay for food for awhile.
But she was wrong about that because she would always charge me double after that! (The jerk!)
Still, I never forgot those pellets and every once in awhile I would see someone selling them on the internet. They were a little more expensive than the ones I could get at the pet store, but they sure did taste good.
I would always buy a few bags of them every now and then.
Then one day I had some extra money and I decided to buy a whole lot of them. (I figured if I bought them in bulk, maybe they would be cheaper) Well, to my surprise, they weren’t!
They were actually more expensive than the ones at the pet store. So, I just stopped buying them altogether.
But just the other day I started thinking about those pellets again. The kind I buy from the pet store have a lot of fillers and stuff in them.
And every once in awhile, I get a bag that doesn’t seem very fresh. So maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I just bought a single bag of those green pellets online every once in awhile. (I’m sure my friend won’t even notice)
I could even try to find other stuff online too. Clothes, food, treats…I’m sure there are a lot of things I could find for a cheap price.
I might even be able to make some money on the side selling stuff to my clients. (I’ll have to be extra careful with my mom around)
Yep, the internet isn’t just for playing games. It can be for buying stuff too.
Eh, I guess it’s not too bad. But it sure is a lot of extra work. Especially when people start requesting all kinds of stuff that I’ve never even heard of! (I don’t even know how to pronounce half of the words that they ask for!)
On the plus side, I’m making more money than ever. In fact, I’m making so much that I had to find another part time job so I could pay for all this stuff!
But that’s made things a lot more hectic. I hardly even have time to play my games anymore!
I think I’m going to have to start saying “No” a lot more or I’m not going to be able to keep up. Any additional requests are going to have to wait until I at least get caught up again.
(I hope that doesn’t happen though!)
Well, we got our first bill and I wasn’t wrong about the cost of living. It’s crazy how high everything is.
Especially with all the money I’m paying for internet now too. (Don’t even get me started on how much those stupid games cost! I have to make a compromise somewhere)
I guess it’s good we have some money saved up, but I’m nervous that it isn’t going to be enough. I don’t know what we’re going to do if we run out before I get a real job.
Well, no point in worrying about it right now.
The most important thing is I’ve been able to take care of my responsibilities and my mom doesn’t need to worry about money anymore.
And that’s worth more than anything.
Sources & references used in this article:
The roots of the global financial crisis are in our business schools by RA Giacalone, DT Wargo – Journal of Business Ethics Education, 2009 – pdcnet.org
Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the world financial crisis from a small bankrupt island by R Boyes – 2009 – books.google.com
Natural Dog Food: Raw Feeding for Dogs: A comprehensive guide to healthy dog nutrition by S Reinerth – 2014 – books.google.com
Meltdown Iceland: How the global financial crisis bankupted an entire country by R Boyes – 2010 – books.google.com