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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

How Purrfect is Pet Insurance?

 By Catherine Powell

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If you’re like me, you have a four-legged family member or two in your household.  These furry felines and canines not only pull on your heartstrings, but they also pull on your purse strings since they rely on you for their care and feeding.  While you can buy pet food in bulk and learn how to trim their coats and nails to cut grooming costs, one thing it’s tough to cut corners on is veterinary care.  During the past few years, the cost of going to the vet has skyrocketed.  Where in decades past, pets were relatively cheap to keep healthy, since 2001, the cost of veterinary care has far outpaced the rate of inflation.  Of course, so too have the number of new diagnostic tools, surgical procedures, and pharmaceuticals available for our furry friends.  Twenty years ago, pet care was pretty basic.  Back then there were no such things as joint replacement surgery, laser treatments, MRIs, or Cat scans for pets.  Nowadays they’re common.  So too are 4 or even 5-figure vet bills.  If you’re looking to keep your pets healthy without making your bank account look sick, you may wish to consider pet insurance.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Is Crime Tourism Coming to a Town Near You?

By Catherine Powell

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With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 running rampant, you’d think that tourism would be way down.  Well, it turns out that one form of travel has been on the upswing for the past three years.  Law enforcement refers to it as “Crime Tourism” and it’s been making its way steadily south.   If you’re looking to keep traveling crooks from targeting you and yours, here’s what you need to know.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

10 Scams That Target the Elderly

 By Catherine Powell

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If your parents are elderly, you realize it’s up to you to make sure they are not only cared for but looked after.  This means making sure they get to doctor’s appointments and take their meds on time, eat regularly, and stay active.  It also means you need to realize that there are crooks out there who specifically target golden girls and guys.  If you don’t want to find yourself in the unenviable position of filing a police report while trying to get your parents bank to cancel a check or reverse a credit card purchase, here are ten scams you need to clue them and yourself in on.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

What's the Deal on Two Wheels?

 By Catherine Powell

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If you’re into biking of any kind, you know you need to be extra cautious when riding in traffic. That’s because bikes are tougher to see than cars.  Some, such as bicycles, mopeds, and scooters, travel slower than other vehicular traffic.  This means riders are at a disadvantage since traffic routinely overtakes them.  All bikes, including motorcycles, don’t come equipped with seatbelts, which means riders can expect to be ejected should an accident occurs.  This can result in damage or injuries that may not be covered by your existing insurance policy.  If you want to know what to expect from an insurance point of view when you ride a bike, this week’s blog is for you.

The Real Cost of a DUI Charge

 By Catherine Powell Image courtesy of Pixabay Last month I covered the costs incurred when a driver gets a traffic citation.  This month I ...