One of the many treats that Mom received at BlogPaws 2011 was the book Barkonomics by Paris Permenter and John Bigley. She took one look at that book and was certain that it would be of huge benefit to us!
Mom is kinda slow on the uptake and didn’t realize until she read the book that Paris Permenter and John Bigley were also the duo that write the hugely popular Dogtipper. It is on this website where they share dog tips, products, news, photos and more!
Continuing on these lines is Barkonomics.
This superbly helpful book is aimed at all income levels, for people with one or many dogs or pets in general.
Mom has been waiting for a book like this! Having lost a steady income in 2007 , Dad retiring last year and living in Michigan (specifically DETROIT ’nuff said) Mom has decided this is her “Pet Bible” in reference to cutting/saving on pet expenditures.
How will YOU benefit from purchasing Barkonomics?
you will learn how to cut costs so that you will be able to keep your pets instead of being forced to give them to a shelter or rehoming them.
Barkonomics will enable you to cut expenditures so you can afford veterinary care and direct you to resources that can help you finance that care!
There are some expenses that should NEVER be cut (as listed in Barkonomics)
1. Spay and Neuter
2.Quality Dog Food
4. Heartworm Preventative
5. Annual Wellness Exam
For further explanation pertaining to the above I strongly urge you to buy this book!
From Barkonomics: Some tips for cutting costs when it comes to your canine:
1. Sign up for newsletters of favorite companies. Many dog food and treat manufacturers offer electronic newsletters that provide exclusive discounts and coupons.
2. Follow favorites on Twitter and Facebook. Just about every company has a Twitter and Facebook presence these days (just check the company website for links). You’ll often find some great fan/follower discount offers that are only promoted through social media.
3. Go the DIY route. Consider learning some grooming and dog training skills. You’ll find numerous free videos at sharing sites such as YouTube for everything from trimming your dog’s hair to teaching your dog to stay.
4. Learn whether your pet’s prescription can be filled at the drugstore. Many dog prescriptions can be filled at the drugstore, often at a savings (and you’ll have the option of generic, low-cost equivalents for some drugs.) Also, some drugstores offer prescription clubs with lower costs–and family pets can be added to many of the prescription clubs.
5. Check your memberships for special offers. Check all your memberships–from auto clubs to work-related affiliations–for special partnerships offering discounts on everything from pet insurance to boarding services.
6. Consider pet insurance. Investigate pet insurance options while your dog is young, if at all possible. Do your homework and learn about exclusions and limitations, balancing the monthly premium against the amount of coverage.
7 Get proactive. Prevent costly problems before they start by taking your dog to his annual veterinary exam, spaying and neutering, brushing your dog’s teeth, and dog-proofing your home to prevent expensive accidents.
For more information on over 300 other tips for saving money on all aspects of your dog’s care, learn more about Barkonomics at http://www.dogtipper.com/barkonomics.
- Number of Pages: 168
- Imprint: Riviera Books
- Retail price: $9.95 [on Amazon.com]
- Trim size: 7 x 10 inches
- ISBN 978-0-9717620-0-8
- Charitable contribution: Every quarter, 20 percent of proceeds donated to pet non-profit selected by DogTipper readers
Author Bio: Paris Permenter and John Bigley Paris Permenter and John Bigley are a husband-wife team of professional writers. Along with over 2,500 published magazine articles, Paris and John have authored 28 published books ranging from Fodor’s In Focus Jamaica to Texas Barbecue (named best guidebook of the year by the Midwest Publishers Association). Paris and John have a long history of frugal living, starting with their marriage and the launch of their writing business in 1986. Paris graduated from college with double degrees in Economics and Accounting (followed by graduate school, then a few years of teaching Economics) then the couple turned their attention to freelance writing, specializing in leisure and business travel. Lifetime dog lovers, John and Paris launched DogTipper.com in 2008, highlighting tips for dog lovers with additional sections including dog news, dog-centric festivals, celebrity canines, pet product reviews, Dog of the Day, dog rescue, and more. Frequent television and radio guests, the couple has appeared as expert guests on many programs including local news stations as well as series on the Fine Living television network. Paris and John live with their dogs and cats in the Texas Hill Country near Austin.
Can you tell that Mom LOVED this book?
Barks and licks and love, Dakota