Buying a Lottery Ticket Isn’t as Stupid as You Think

Buying lottery tickets is really stupid, right? Money pros call them a stupidity tax.  You’ll never win, and even if you do, the prize will be split between a bunch of people. After all, 1 in 175,223,510 according to the Powerball site is the chance of winning the jackpot. Odds of being struck by lightening in … … Continue reading

Using Kids Crafts to Teach the Gift of Giving

A garden stepping stone for Mom, maybe?! It’s August, weeks from the start of school. Your kids have been to camp, done baseball and goofed off to their hearts content. Now what? How about helping them make a lasting gift for Mom? Making a garden stepping stone is not difficult or expensive, but does require some adult … … Continue reading

Give to Charity and Help Your Finances

Many financial gurus extoll the virtues of giving, and even indicate that giving is part of successful finances. At first glance, it seems counter-intuitive to think that your financial situation can be improved when you give your money away. However, if you take some time to think about it, you will find that there really … … Continue reading

The Benefits of Buying Local

Don’t forget to enter to win an iPad 3 here at PET.  We are constantly being encouraged to buy local by environmentalists and community-minded people. But is it the best option for us, the general citizen? What are the benefits of buying local? How does buying local really help us? Here are some of the reasons why we … … Continue reading

The 5 Dimensions to a Meaningful Life

The Dalai Lama describes the meaning of life this way – “…. the purpose of our existence is to seek happiness, to seek a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.” Striving for these things is part of living a meaningful life but it can be difficult finding ways to put it into action. Many people chase monetary … … Continue reading