A return is almost always out of the question. Plus, gift givers don’t often include a return receipt, and we all know we wouldn’t dare ask for one. I’d rather admit to a crime than confess I don’t like a gift - how insulting to the gifter’s sense of aesthetics.
And-hey, I have limited drawer space. Who can keep these unwanted gifts for six months when there isn’t any space for them? I hate clutter, and unwanted gifts are just that.
This year, I am making an effort to swiftly remove any unwanted gifts from my house without hurting anyone’s feelings…and potentially benefiting others. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And thank goodness for that.
From the The Guardian:
“According to research published this week by the consumer body, one in four people (24%) received an unwanted or unsuitable gift for the Christmas of 2021. Meanwhile, a separate study by the personal finance comparison site Finder said £1.2bn was wasted on unwanted Christmas gifts each year.”
Come to terms with the fact that you will never use that gift and follow these quick tips to offload those unwanted gifts:
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The most obvious choice for those unwanted pairs of mud-green sweat socks and that same fluffy robe you get every year from your Aunt Judy is to donate them. Just round up everything you don’t want and Google the donation center closest to you.
This is also a fantastic excuse to purge your closet of that pile of stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of. A few bags of give-away-clothes will get your spring cleaning out of the way early.
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Resale websites are all the rage right now. If you got a pair of pants that don’t fit or a sweater that isn’t your style, resell them on a website dedicated to just that. Sites like Poshmark, Mercari, and DePop are known for selling those trendy pieces of clothing you barely used.
Thrifting has never been hotter. Hop on the trend while people are constantly perusing sites for the hottest deal. Then reward yourself for being so virtuous, by dropping the cash on some fabulous things you’ll actually wear!
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If you got something that you think one of your friends or family can benefit from, why not give it to them? There’s no shame in revealing that it was a gift and you don’t want it anymore…as long as you aren’t re-gifting to the person who gave it to you!
Or, keep the gifts to re-gift at a later date. You never know when you’re going to need a last minute gift. You’ll thank yourself later.
Attempt a Return
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If your item still has a tag, you can make a valiant effort to return to the store. If you can make your case, many stores won’t want to fight you on it. They may be forgiving and grant you store credit at the very least.
Human-Grade Dog Food Made Specifically For Your Pup's Health Needs
While waiting on the slowest line at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I found myself reading the ingredients of everything in my cart. I knew there were preservatives in my packaged muffins and jellies, but I was shocked when I saw how much processed junk was in my dog's food. The thought of Audrey eating so many chemicals I couldn't pronounce along with dyes, sugar, and something called "meat and bone meal" for nearly every meal upset me. Those are once-in-a-while ingredients, not fit for a twice-a-day-diet.
I did some research, and that's when I found a brand making dog food that's designed to be healthy for my sweet pug's individual needs. Ollie is a subscription dog food that delivers the ideal blend of human-grade meat and nutrients for your dog right to your door every month Ollie uses a quiz to customize the perfect meals, so your dog is getting just what they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Audrey was a couch potato pup, but with her new vet-formulated plan that's made with varied produce, vitamins, and human-grade meat, she's been a bit more of an adventurer, huffing and puffing less on walks. Plus her coat is super shiny!
Here's exactly what the quiz looks like, so you know how Ollie finds the right food for your dog.
To design your dog's meal, you first type in your dog's name.
Then, Ollie gets into your puppy's specifics. You input your dog's breed if you know it, along with his or her sex, age, and whether they're spayed or neutered. A labrador puppy who hasn't been neutered yet is going to have completely different nutritional needs than a fixed, matured Great Dane.
Next, Ollie got me in the emotions with the weight questions. They forced me to admit that Audrey probably could lose a pound or two to perk her up a bit. Luckily her Ollie meals come with a portion-perfect scoop so I'm never worried about overfeeding.
Finally, Ollie asks about your dog's current eating habits and if they have any allergies. When you answer those questions, the little dog on the side of your screen is completed and you're ready to view your recipes!
Audrey loves beef and isn't allergic to anything, so her top recommendations were the Hearty Beef Eats, as well as Chicken Goodness, Healthy Turkey Feast, and Tasty Lamb Fare. Ollie offers two weekly subscription options priced based on your dog's size and needs; for just $26.70 a week, my pug could live on a 100% Ollie diet. For $15.25 a week, I could use Ollie's recipes for part of Audrey's diet, either for one perfectly healthy meal a day or to add nutrition to her old dry food. You can always add another dog to your plan, too, which makes dinner time easy for multiple pup households.
Ollie is free of toxins and GMOs, so it's way better than store-bought brands, but since it's tailored exactly to your dog's needs, it goes above and beyond to have the most balanced blend of vitamins and nutrients for your best friend. Ollie gave Audrey some of her puppy energy back, and the subscription saved me the hassle of endless trips to the pet store by sending Audrey's meals to my home. So it's a win-win! Try Ollie Today and Get 50% OFF Your First Delivery.
Update: Normally Ollie offers 20% Off for new users, BUT be sure to use the links from this article to get 50% OFF your first purchase, an exclusive offer for Liberty Readers.
Most Environmentally-Responsible Meat You Can Eat
Better meat options exist.
Every year, humans eat 70 billion animals around the globe, and 9 billion of them are killed in the U.S.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, the most significant way to lower your impact on the environment is cut out meat and dairy from your diet: "The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions."
This presents environmentally-conscious animal eaters with a stark choice: Give up eating animals, or give up on your beliefs. But there is a middle ground, which involves choosing options that have, if not a zero-impact, perhaps a lower one. Here is a list of choices, going from best to worst.
For those who aren't ready to give up meat but want a more environmentally-friendly option, switching to chicken is one of the best choices. Slate explains that chickens produce a much lower amount of carbon dioxide than cows. Cows generate about four times more greenhouse gases than chickens. In addition, chickens only create two to four pounds of manure per pound of weight, which is less than the 35 to 65 pounds cows make per pound of beef, according to Slate. Experts recommend looking for free-range chickens raised without antibiotics.
Pork is a better environmental choice than beef because pigs produce about 50% less carbon dioxide than cows, according to the BBC. Pigs are also omnivores (they'll eat anything), and this is actually better for the environment than cows that require grass or grains. A hog can help reduce food waste by consuming vegetable scraps and other food that would have been discarded. Another positive is that pigs need less feed overall compared to cows.
Technically, mussels aren't meat because they're categorized as seafood. However, they're an option for people who don't want to go vegan and still want a good source of protein. The BBC explains that mussels actually capture carbon dioxide, so they're an environmentally-responsible alternative and a better choice than farm-raised fish. They don't need to eat other food sources to grow because they filter nutrients from the water, so their impact is lower. Moreover, they don't contribute to pollution.
Shoppers who are worried about the environmental impact of their meat purchases should consider the following tips. First, try to reduce the number of days per week that you eat meat. You can switch to meatless Mondays or make the weekends meat-free. Another option is to use meat alternatives like tofu more often when you cook. Look for free-range and organic meat products. Some other label names to watch for include cage-free or barn-roaming.
There are meat options that are more environmentally-friendly. Consider making chicken, pork, and mussels more frequently for dinner.