Monthly Archives: July 2016

DealDash Pets: Bunnies

Rabbits are a wonderful pet for kids and adults. Let’s look a little closer at their care.

Do you know anyone who has a pet bunny? Rabbits are easy to care for, soft, cuddly, fairly inexpensive, and can even learn how to use a little box! Rabbits only need a few supplies, and a lot of love and attention from their family members. Here is a list of what you would need to procure before you get a rabbit as a pet.

  • A house. There are many commercially available bunny cages, hutches, and condos out there. Alternatively, you could “bunny proof” a room of your home and let your bunny live there instead of in an actual cage. Bunny proofing requires an eye to detail, and can be time-consuming. If you go the cage route, be sure to get as big a cage as space and budget allows.
  • A litter box. As with the cage, the bigger the better when it comes to litter boxes. Try to get the largest litter box that can fit comfortably in the space that you have allotted to it. You don’t even have to buy an actual litter box. Get creative! A fairly shallow storage bin, like the kind meant to go under a bed would work great. Don’t forget to get the litter! Try the kind made out of recycled paper, bunnies like that kind the best.
  • Water bowl. A large heavy bowl works great, and as an added bonus you can just pop it right in the dishwasher when you are doing the dishes.
  • Hay. The biggest part of your furry friend’s diet should be Timothy hay.
  • Food pellets. You don’t need a lot of food pellets, but variety is the spice of life, so be sure to pick up some food pellets for your bunny to supplement his hay diet.
  • Love. Lots of love. Be sure to hold and cuddle your bunny friend daily. Let him run around in a rabbit proofed area every day and he will be a happy and healthy pet.

DealDash often has animal supplies up for auction. DealDash carries dog, cat, bird, fish, and yes, bunny supplies. Just click right here and it will take you to the area of DealDash where there are pet items. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Become a Great Listener

Are you the person that friends and family turn to when they need someone to listen to their concerns? If not, maybe you need a little help in becoming a good listener.

Sometimes your good friends or family might need someone to listen to them, they might be having a problem at work, with another family member, or just be feeling a little down. Being a good listener is a wonderful skill to have, it can help you personally as well as professionally if you become known in your circles for being the person to talk to when problems arise. Here are a few tips on how to be a great listener.

  • Set the scene. If you know that one of your friends or family members is having a tough time with a problem you don’t always have to wait for them to come to you. They might be too embarrassed to bring up their problems to you, or think that you might not care enough to listen. If you would like to help them feel more comfortable disclosing their problems to you then you should arrange a time and a place for them to be more comfortable with sharing, such as at a quiet coffee shop, an afternoon walk around the neighborhood, a chat on a park bench, or even over a cup of tea at your house.
  • Be an active listener. Don’t just zone out while they are talking, be sure to keep eye contact with them, nod in appropriate places, and ask respectful questions when they are done speaking. Try to repeat back to them what the major problems were to clarify, and to show them that you were paying attention.
  • After they are done talking about their problem, be sure to ask if there’s anything that you can do to help them. Most people just want to feel like their problem was heard and understood, but in some cases there might be something small that you could do to help them with their problem. Remember, what goes around comes around and you might be the one needing a little help the next time.
  • Lastly, be sure to check back with them in a day or so, even if it’s just a quick text message or email to let them know that you are thinking of them.

If you can master all of these steps with enough confidence to do it naturally then you are on your way to becoming a great listener.

Speaking of listening, are you in the market for new headphones? DealDash has a large variety of different types of headphones at many different price points. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash where you can browse the selection. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Beats by Dr. Dre  Drenched Solo On-Ear Headphones, Black

 

 

DealDash Cooks: Great Food for Cheap

Everyone wants to eat fresh and healthy foods, but sometimes that can be difficult to do on a tight budget. Here are some tips and tricks to stretch your food budget while staying healthy.

Cooking fresh and healthy foods can be very expensive. However, most people, especially those with small kids to feed want to cook as healthily as possible. Sometimes cuts of lean meat and buying fresh fruits and veggies instead of canned ones can almost double your grocery bill. Luckily, there are ways to stretch that budget and make great healthy choices as well.

One great way to save money and boost your health as well is to use less meat in your cooking. Meat is usually the most expensive item on the menu, so if you are able to cut the portions of meat in your cooking by half then you will be able to save quite a bit of money.

Depending on what you are cooking it’s easy to substitute half of the meat that is called for in a recipe with beans, such as when you are making chili, stews, or even skillet dinners. If you like to make stir fry, take out half of the chicken that you would normally use and put in a block of tofu instead. Tofu has no taste, it takes on the flavors of what it’s cooked with. If you are making a stir fry and using seasonings such as garlic and soy sauce, that’s exactly what your tofu will taste like.

Another great way to save money, be healthy, and have some fun as well is to have breakfast for dinner! Breakfast foods such as eggs, wheat toast, unsweetened cereals (such as Cheerios), orange juice, and milk are all healthy and relatively inexpensive. Last year when there was a shortage of eggs this wouldn’t have been a good idea, but now my local supermarket always has a dozen eggs for .99! Kids always love to have breakfast for dinner. For added fun, let them change into their PJs for dinner!

My last suggestion to you today is instead of buying fresh seafood at the seafood counter go ahead and buy frozen seafood. Frozen seafood is put on ice and frozen immediately after being caught, so it tastes just as fresh as “fresh” seafood from the fish counter, and it’s almost always significantly cheaper.

I hope that these tips were helpful for you in thinking about how to cook and eat healthy foods on a budget. If you’re in need of anything for the kitchen or the home be sure to check out DealDash. They have everything you can possibly need, from kitchen implements to massage chairs! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Take Care of Seniors

In other cultures family tends to take care of their senior citizens. However, in America that’s not always the case. How can we help?

One of the most prevalent problems that senior citizens  can face is loneliness and isolation. There are lots of ways that you can help your senior citizen friends that you know personally. One great way that you can help them is to offer transportation. Many of our older friends can’t (or won’t) drive anymore. If you and your family are going out for a quick trip to the grocery store, coffee shop, or local big box store why not invite them along? They would surely appreciate the outing as well as the company.

Another way that we can help our senior citizens out is to encourage them to participate in clubs, hobbies, or even church. Sometimes all a lonely senior citizen needs to get out and about is a little gentle encouragement. And as an added bonus, the senior citizen in question might even make a new friend or two in the process.

If you know a senior citizen that is isolated geographically from family perhaps you could help them learn how to use some of our modern technology such as email, texting, and Skype or Facetime. Some seniors don’t have access to home WiFi or computers, so if you were so inclined you could show them how to use these things at the library, where there is always free access to computers and the internet. If the senior citizen that you know has a little extra money to spare, how about showing them how to bid on DealDash? DealDash would definitely put some fun and excitement into their lives as well as saving them some money on the essentials.

Lastly, how about inviting a senior citizen to your home to have dinner with your family? I’m sure that the senior would enjoy spending time with your family as well as the home-cooked meal. If the senior citizen you know is more of a homebody how about bringing a meal to them? If you are making a recipe at home for your family that is easy to double or even triple such as pasta, chili, or a stew you could easily put the excess into containers and bring it to your favorite senior. That way they could re-heat it whenever they feel hungry.

Today we discussed how to help your local senior citizen, and there were quite a few different things that were mentioned that you could procure on DealDash to help them. If you are in need of a new computer you could always get one on DealDash and give the senior you older model. That way you both win! Simply click this link right here and it will take you to the Electronics and Computers category on DealDash and you can see how much you can save! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Acer Granite Gray 15.6-inch Chromebook PC

DealDash Pets: Calm in the Storm

Does your dog hide and your cat cower when there is a storm raging outside? Let’s discuss how to help your beloved pet when it’s scary outside.

Dogs and cats have come a long way from their brave and fierce ancestors who lived out in the wilderness. Our pets today have cushy lives with their own beds, bowls, and even clothing! Since we coddle our beloved pets they have lost the fearlessness and have become softies for the most part. Here are a few quick tips on how to make your dog or cat feel better when there is loud booming thunder and flashes of lightning outside.

The first tip, of course, is to let your pet inside! If you have an indoor/outdoor cat be sure that he comes in when it starts to rain. If you have an outside dog that you really don’t want inside on your couch or bed, at least let him into your garage or basement for the night. It will make him feel better, and you won’t have to listen to any terrified barking or howling all night.

Next, did you know that you can swaddle your dog or cat just like you would a newborn baby? There are actually special shirts that you can buy from the veterinarian or the per store that are made for this purpose, but instead of spending $40 and up on a special shirt, you can just wrap up your “baby” and snuggle up with them on the couch. It will make them feel a lot better, and it will most likely improve your mood as well.

Finally, be sure that you have a pet crate or carrier available to your dog or cat if they want to use it. If you normally keep their crate or carrier in the garage or in a closet bring it out and put it in the living room or your bedroom so they can retreat to the safety of their “cave” if they feel more safe and secure in an enclosed space. You can even make it more inviting by putting in a soft blanket, pillow, or even a toy inside to calm your beloved doggie or kitty.

I hope that you found these tips helpful for helping your pet feel more safe and secure in a storm. If you are in need of anything for a pet such as a nice comfy pet bed be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has lots of items that will pamper your pet and make them feel loved. Just click this link right here and it will take you to some great pet-related auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

PAW Orthopedic Super Foam Pet Bed, Large