How Much Is A Homemaker Worth?

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I found this article so enlightening! Lets not take ourselves/homemakers for granted, when broken down in terms of money, all of a sudden the every day chores become even more valuable than ever before! So pats on the back all around- look at all the money you saved (or the money you could be charging), and appreciate all the hard work!!!

Link: Investopedia By Porcshe Moran | Investopedia – Mon, Jan 16, 2012 1:23 PM EST

The life of a homemaker is one that includes an endless amount of demands and to-dos. Depending on the size of the home and family, the position of homemaker can go well beyond the usual nine to five. We examined some of the tasks that a homemaker might do to find out how much his or her services would net as individual professional careers. We only take into consideration tasks which have monetary values and use the lowest value for each calculation.

Private Chef
Meal preparation is one of the major tasks of most homemakers. From breakfast to dinner, there is plenty of meal planning and cooking to be done. The American Personal Chef Association reports that its personal chefs make $200 to $500 a day. Grocery shopping is another chore that needs to be factored in. A homemaker must drive to the supermarket, purchase the food and deliver it to the home. Grocery delivery services charge a delivery fee of $5 to $10.

Total cost for services: $1,005 per five day work week x 52 weeks = $52,260 per year.

House Cleaner
A clean and tidy home is the foundation of an efficient household. Typical cleaning duties include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing sinks as well as loading the dishwasher and making beds. Professional maids or house cleaning service providers will charge by the hour, number of rooms or square footage of the home. For example, bi-weekly cleaning of a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with five rooms, costs $59-$124 . A 1,300 square-foot, single-story home with seven rooms runs $79-$150 . A 2,200 two-story, three-bedroom home with nine rooms averages $104-$180 . Additional tasks such as oven or refrigerator cleaning and dusting mini blinds can run an extra $20-$25.

Total cost for services: $118 per week X 52 Weeks = $6,136 per year.

Child Care
Homemakers provide full-time, live-in child care. This type of service from a professional provider would usually come with a host of perks including health insurance, paid vacation and sick days, federal holidays off, dental and vision coverage, and bonuses. The International Nanny Association’s 2011 survey found that nannies make $600 to $950 per week in gross wages, on average.

Total cost for services: $600 a week plus perks/benefits x 52 Weeks = $31,200 per year.

Driver
A private car service might seem like a high-end luxury to most, but the beneficiaries of a homemaker get this service on a daily basis. Companies like Red Cap, which provides personal drivers that use the client’s own car as the means of transportation, offer a glimpse into the cost of this homemaker task. An elite membership which includes 365 days of unlimited, round-trip service is $1,000 a year plus 33 cents – $2.03 per minute.

Total cost for services: $1,000 per year + [(estimated miles driven 8000 miles / 50 MPH) x 60 min/hr x $0.33 per minute] = $4,168 total per year.

Laundry Service
Clean clothes come at a cost when you have to pay for the service that most homemakers do for free. Professional laundry services charge by the pound. For instance, Susie’s Suds Home Laundry Service, Inc. in Texas charges 90 cents to $1.00 a pound to wash, dry, fold, hang and steam your clothes. Items that take longer to dry such as comforters, blankets, rugs and winter clothes are assessed at a price of $12-$15 each.

Total cost for services: $0.90 per pound x 4 pounds of clothes per day x 5 days per weeks x 52 weeks = $936 total per year.

Lawn Maintenance
Basic maintenance of the exterior property is a less common, but possible duty of a homemaker.This could include things such as mowing, debris removal, edging and trimming the lawn. These services cost about $30 a week on average.

Total cost for services: $30 per week x 52 weeks = $1,560 total per year.

The Bottom Line
Total for a year of all services is: $52,260 + $6,137 + $31,200 + $4,168 + $936 + $1,560 = $96,261 per year.

The daily work of a homemaker can sometimes be taken for granted by his or her family members. However, these services could earn a homemaker a considerable wage if he or she took those skills to the marketplace. Homemakers in general contribute a lot more to the home in addition to these tasks, and no amount of money can fill those needs.

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Natural Ways of Fighting Colds this Winter

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  • Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients. You can take several grams every hour till you are better unless you start developing loose stools
  • Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.
  • Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response.
  • A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.
  • Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.

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Designer Dog Breeds (from BARFworld.com)

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Designer Dog Breeds: Coordinating Your Pooch With Your Lifestyle

By Al Skender

There is a new craze in the dog-breeding world that you may not have heard much about…it’s called hybrid dogs or “designer” dogs.

What Is A “Designer Dog”? 

A hybrid dog is a cross of two or more dog breeds normally chosen for their calm temperament, non-shedding qualities, or just plain old cuteness and charm. These designer dogs are bred to create a unique animal with a specific job and/or quality.

Hybrid vs. Purebred vs. Mutt 

Hybrid dogs are not to be confused with mutts. The lineage of a mutt is a mystery – you have no idea who the parents are. On the other hand, responsible hybrid dog breeders will select parents from only the best purebred lines resulting in optimum characteristics and healthier dogs overall.

Not long ago, people used to pay hundreds of dollars in order to acquire a purebred dog. Now with the popularity of hybrid dogs on the rise, people now pay the same if not more for a mixed breed designer dog. Many breeders have taken this craze to a whole new level. We are now seeing a high demand for these hybrid dogs. Simply said people are designing their pets to match their lifestyles.

What Makes Hybrid Dogs So Popular? 

There are many advantages of owning a hybrid dog. Many of these dogs tend to be healthier than the purebred dogs because there is less chance of inbreeding. There are also the benefits of choosing hybrid dogs for their unique qualities. The labradoodle for example, is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle. This specific mix is known to create a hypoallergenic guide dog, perfect for people that need an intelligent assistance animal but are generally allergic to most dogs.

Here is a list of the most common hybrid dog breeds: 

Cockapoo: A cross of a cocker spaniel with a poodle, the cockapoo is extremely popular for its outgoing personality and cute looks.

Chi Poo: Mixing a toy poodle and Chihuahua creates a very friendly, adorable Chi-Poo aka Wapoo. (Fun Fact: Christopher Hampson from BARF World has a chi-poo named Sakaki [pictured left].)

Bullypit: American bulldog and American pit bull terrier crossbreed. Known for their affection, intelligence, and loyalty, Bullypits make great family dogs.

Puggle: What do you get when a pug and beagle mix? A Puggle, that’s what! Puggles are social, laid back dogs that love to make you laugh making them another great family dog.

Want to Get A Designer Dog? Shop Wisely! 

Getting one of these beautiful designer dogs is not always an easy task. Because of the popularity of hybrid dogs, you must always research the breeder and make sure they are not breeding these dogs strictly for profit.

Puppy mills are set up to produce puppies as fast as the mother dogs can give birth. This type of breeding environment is traumatic to both the mother and the puppies. Puppy mill dogs are not allowed time to bond with the mother as they are taken and sold off at a very young age. Often times the puppies and the mother are not given the proper amount of exercise and nutrition they need and are kept in cages for most of their lives. This can create emotional and physical problems down to road.

Another risk is that many puppy mill breeders will ship these puppies’ long distances to pet shops or pet owners who purchase them through newspapers and the Internet. These journeys take a heavy toll on the puppies and many sicken and die en route.

The decision to go with a hybrid dog ultimately boils down to your personal choice. Some people like the specific qualities of hybrid dogs, others prefer to go with the tried and true purebred dogs, and of course there are those that love the uniqueness of a mixed breed mutt.

Whatever your decision, just make sure to do your research first and that whatever dog you do choose fits in to your lifestyle and personality.

Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com/ezine.