Learn While You Earn: Become a Researcher for Wonder and Make Extra Cash

Are you one of those people who loves to know a little bit about a lot of things?

Does your brain refuse to sleep at night until you’ve looked up the one nagging question that’s been vying for your attention all day?

Do you have an arsenal of useless information swimming around in your head, taking up precious real estate that might be better used on, ya’ know, things that matter?

If these questions were way too eerily spot on, then we might have the perfect new side gig for you: a researcher for Wonder.

(Also, if this really did describe you, hit me up and we can geek out together about exactly how many pennies are floating around the U.S. or how carpet is made or why the title “Notary Public” falls in noun-adjective order and not the other way around.)

The Perfect Side Gig for Research Geeks

Wonder provides customers with information and resources in the form of data, lists and spreadsheets sourced from an army of freelance researchers.

Right now, the company needs some extra brainpower and is looking for people who want to work from home as freelance researchers, fulfilling customer requests by diving deep into various topics and questions.

As a researcher for Wonder, you’ll be able to choose which projects you work on and can set your own schedule. How much you make is up to you: researchers are paid per completed project, and you’ll choose how many projects you want to complete.

According to Wonder, top researchers can earn as much as $15 to $25 per hour. However, writer and former Wonder researcher Jamie Cattanach told us that a more realistic pay expectation is about $13 per hour when you factor in the average length of time it takes to complete a research project.

How to Do Online Research for Wonder

The research process seems pretty straightforward, and the platform is simple to use.

If you’re ready to become a researcher for Wonder, you can go here to fill out an application. If your application checks out, you’ll be contacted and asked to perform a preliminary research project to see if you’re a good fit.

“You have to complete a research project gratis to qualify, and that’s about a two-hour time investment,” Cattanach noted.

Once you’ve been accepted as a researcher, you’re free to accept or refuse projects as they come up. You’ll go to the Research Dashboard, pick the topic you want to research and spend a couple of hours finding answers and synthesizing the information into an easy-to-read format before submitting it.

A community of peer researchers will review the research and let you know if it needs any changes, fixes or additional information. Once it’s accepted, you can move on to your next project.

For the first few projects you complete for Wonder, you’ll probably be asked to do more edits than you expected as you learn proper formatting and what the company is looking for in a finished piece of research.

Once you get the hang of it, however, you’ll start to earn more money for your time as your skills improve.

While most researchers don’t have access to enough projects to make a full-time income, this may be a great option for making a little extra cash on the side. Plus, it’s an opportunity to expand your skill-set — and your knowledge. “If you’re genuinely interested in learning, it’s awesome,” said Cattanach.

Overall, this sounds like a great side gig for anyone who thrives on having a brain full of random facts and figures (and a pocket full of cash).

Not the job for you? No worries, there are plenty of other gigs on our Facebook Jobs page. We post new opportunities there all the time.

Freelance Researcher Jobs at Wonder

Pay: $15 to $25 per hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching questions and providing detailed answers through Wonder’s online platform.

Applicants for this position must have:

  • The ability to work on assignments from beginning to completion in one sitting — although you can sit as long as you like, you cannot save your work, according to the company’s FAQ page. The company states that most assignments take two to three hours to complete.

Benefits include:

  • Getting paid every two weeks via PayPal.

Apply here for the work-from-home freelance researcher job at Wonder.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

If These Boyfriend And Husband Fails Don’t Make You Laugh, You Probably Don’t Have A Boyfriend Or Husband

At least they tried?

This boyfriend who didn’t pay close enough attention.

This boyfriend who didn't pay close enough attention.

Yuck?

Twitter: @3cheers20years

This boyfriend who was asked to sharpen his girlfriend’s lipstick.

This boyfriend who was asked to sharpen his girlfriend's lipstick.

Or, I think, lip liner?

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This husband who thought he could microwave his shirt to dry it faster.

This husband who thought he could microwave his shirt to dry it faster.

Something smells funny in the kitchen.

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This husband who blocked out the sunlight with the first thing he could find.

This husband who blocked out the sunlight with the first thing he could find.

Kinda works?

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This boyfriend who took direction literally when asked to “put a cover on it and put it in the fridge.”

This boyfriend who took direction literally when asked to "put a cover on it and put it in the fridge."

SIGH.

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This boyfriend whose girlfriend had to help point out the obvious.

This boyfriend whose girlfriend had to help point out the obvious.

Oops.

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This boyfriend who wanted to apologize, but failed again in the process.

This boyfriend who wanted to apologize, but failed again in the process.

Not everyone is great at spelling, okay?

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This boyfriend who brought these home when his girlfriend said she needed highlighter.

This boyfriend who brought these home when his girlfriend said she needed highlighter.

Lol.

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This 6’2″ husband who hung a mirror for his 5’1″ wife.

This 6'2" husband who hung a mirror for his 5'1" wife.

It's the thought that counts.

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This husband who baked cookies…on a cooling rack.

This husband who baked cookies...on a cooling rack.

Have fun cleaning that up.

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This husband who got, uh, inventive when asked to hand whip the cream.

This husband who got, uh, inventive when asked to hand whip the cream.

Works, I guess.

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This husband who is OH-SO-FUNNY.

This husband who is OH-SO-FUNNY.

Hardee har har.

Twitter: @wendyrollins

This husband who at least was apologetic.

This husband who at least was apologetic.

Whyyyyyyy?!

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This husband who was asked to hang the bananas and, well, yeah…

This husband who was asked to hang the bananas and, well, yeah...

UGH.

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This husband who doesn’t seem to know what blueberries are.

This husband who doesn't seem to know what blueberries are.

Almost.

Twitter: @MyhangMortgage

This husband who was asked to pick up period pads and instead brought home women’s incontinence pads.

This husband who was asked to pick up period pads and instead brought home women's incontinence pads.

Almost got it!

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And finally, THIS GUY, who offered to clean the house for “husband points” while his wife was out of town, but got totally busted instead.

And finally, THIS GUY, who offered to clean the house for "husband points" while his wife was out of town, but got totally busted instead.

Thanks hubby, I mean, Merry Maids!

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24 Hilarious Sex Things That Happen In Every Harry Potter Fic

Accio lube.

Before we get started, I'll be the first to say that tropes exist for a reason and that's because they can be FUN AND DELIGHTFUL. I for one will never tire of reading about Harry and Draco snogging in a broom closet — so there's no hating here. But that doesn't mean there's not stuff to make fun of.

SO, OKAY. LET'S LAUGH ABOUT SOME HP SMUT.

First things first, the Room of Requirement is wildly abused for shenanigans.

First things first, the Room of Requirement is wildly abused for shenanigans.

I mean, it's also known as the Come and Go Room, soooo what did the Hogwarts founders expect?

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Not to mention, the astronomy tower sees its fair share of sex. Because stars? Or something?

Not to mention, the astronomy tower sees its fair share of sex. Because stars? Or something?

Shockingly, not a lot of word count gets dedicated to describing how cold and uncomfortable it would be to HAVE SEX IN AN OUTDOOR STONE TOWER, but okay.

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Ditto the library.

Ditto the library.

If a pairing features Hermione Granger, you best believe there is library sex in it.

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There’s an obscene amount of sex on the floor or against walls because hey, shagging around the castle is definitely a good idea.

There's an obscene amount of sex on the floor or against walls because hey, shagging around the castle is definitely a good idea.

Luckily, Mrs. Norris always turns a blind eye.

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Speaking of shagging, Briticisms are sprinkled liberally across sex scenes.

Speaking of shagging, Briticisms are sprinkled liberally across sex scenes.

An HP fic sex scene isn't complete without lots of ~snogging~.

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There are spells that definitely don’t exist in the books, namely for contraceptive purposes.

There are spells that definitely don't exist in the books, namely for contraceptive purposes.

Hogwarts didn't even have pencils. You think they had condoms?

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Not to mention lube spells.

Not to mention lube spells.

Honestly, I'm not mad about it. At least fic is promoting the use of lube in a healthy sex life!!!

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And engorgio. Enough said.

And engorgio. Enough said.

Which, unnecessary. It's not the length of wand that matters, it's how you swish and flick it.

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If we’re being honest, wands are occasionally brought into sex in an entirely inappropriate way.

If we're being honest, wands are occasionally brought into sex in an entirely inappropriate way.

Vibratio!

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If characters are boning in their dorm, they cast a silencing spell so they can get down behind drawn bed curtains like it’s no big thing.

If characters are boning in their dorm, they cast a silencing spell so they can get down behind drawn bed curtains like it's no big thing.

Sharing a dorm room with four other people is no obstacle when you have silencio!

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Speaking of, characters sneak into each other’s dorms like it’s NBD, even if they’re in completely different houses.

Speaking of, characters sneak into each other's dorms like it's NBD, even if they're in completely different houses.

Not to split hairs, but NO OUTSIDER HAS ENTERED THE SLYTHERIN COMMON ROOM FOR MORE THAN SEVEN CENTURIES*, PEOPLE CAN'T JUST COME AND GO AS THEY PLEASE TO FUCK DRACO MALFOY!!!

*Until Harry and Ron did in Chamber of Secrets. I know, I know.

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But weirdly enough, student/teacher relationships are less of a big deal???

Feel free to @me, but I'm judging anyone who's ever written Snape into a sex scene. And there are a lot of you.

When characters in different houses bone, they’re referred to as their Hogwarts house, like ~The Gryffindor could feel the Slytherin tremble beneath his fingers~.

When characters in different houses bone, they're referred to as their Hogwarts house, like ~The Gryffindor could feel the Slytherin tremble beneath his fingers~.

Just stooooop.

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Fandom collectively made up a Head Boys’ and Girls’ shared dorm and common room that doesn’t exist in the books where — of course — a lot of boning went down.

Fandom collectively made up a Head Boys' and Girls' shared dorm and common room that doesn't exist in the books where — of course — a lot of boning went down.

Particularly popular in Draco/Hermione and James/Lily fic. But I repeat: NO SUCH THING EXISTED! It was just a useful plot device for the express purpose of giving characters someone to bang!

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Characters get accidentally locked in broom cupboards more often than strictly believable — but that’s okay, they always wind up shagging to pass the time.

Characters get accidentally locked in broom cupboards more often than strictly believable — but that's okay, they always wind up shagging to pass the time.

What ELSE are you going to do?

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And there’s occasional frantic train compartment sex, especially after a character comes back from summer holiday sporting a massive glow-up.

And there's occasional frantic train compartment sex, especially after a character comes back from summer holiday sporting a massive glow-up.

Summers in Nice always did Draco Malfoy nicely.

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Quidditch players always have unbelievable bodies, obviously, and their ~Quidditch muscles~ are heavily noted during sex.

Quidditch players always have unbelievable bodies, obviously, and their ~Quidditch muscles~ are heavily noted during sex.

No offense, but how ripped can you realistically get riding around on a broom?

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Speaking of unrealistic Hogwarts things, the school uniforms are always much sexier in fic than they’re likely meant to be.

Speaking of unrealistic Hogwarts things, the school uniforms are always much sexier in fic than they're likely meant to be.

PRETTY sure those uniform skirts aren't that short in canon.

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And don’t get me started on the type of shit characters get up to with their house ties.

And don't get me started on the type of shit characters get up to with their house ties.

The Hogwarts student body is far kinkier in fic than you'd expect.

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Wizarding metaphors and similes run rampant — particularly comparing things to wands, if you catch my drift.

Wizarding metaphors and similes run rampant — particularly comparing things to wands, if you catch my drift.

Just a LITTLE on the nose.

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Far too much sex happens as a result of house parties with free-flowing Firewhisky.

Far too much sex happens as a result of house parties with free-flowing Firewhisky.

Some ~cool seventh-year~ always manages to sneak it into the castle.

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In general, far too many characters are written as sex gods despite the fact that they’re LITERAL STUDENTS WHO WERE PROBABLY FUMBLING VIRGINS UNTIL TWO MINUTES AGO.

In general, far too many characters are written as sex gods despite the fact that they're LITERAL STUDENTS WHO WERE PROBABLY FUMBLING VIRGINS UNTIL TWO MINUTES AGO.

It miiiight be because, a good chunk of the time, a character is secretly half-Veela or something. Or because all witches and wizards are just insanely good at sex. Because magic.

WHATEVER.

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So You’re Leaving a Job With a 401(k)? Here’s What to Do With That Cash

When Carrie Nowlin moved from Tampa, Florida to Little Rock, Arkansas, she left a job that provided her with a 401(k).

She couldn’t keep her money there; not because she didn’t want to, but because the provider, Ubiquity, has a policy of any balances under $5,000 being distributed back to the account holder upon termination, regardless of their consent or not.

After doing some research, she discovered that moving her retirement account to a new provider was one of her best options after she changed jobs –– not just because she had to.

Nowlin decided to open an IRA at her local credit union. The fees were lower than other options she researched, and she liked the idea of her money continuing to grow.

The process was super simple and very straightforward,” says Nowlin. “I filled out the requested information (the new IRA account number is required for this step) and had the check sent to my credit union.”

In total, the process took about three weeks to complete and cost her $105: a $95 processing fee from her original provider and a $10 setup fee with her new one. On top of the fees, she also had to make a $100 initial deposit in her new account.

Not many people know they can take their 401(k) money with them when they leave an employer. Since the money is already invested and doing its thing, they should just leave it where it is and let the stock market work its magic, right?

Wrong. In fact, it could end up costing you more to keep that old account.

What Is a 401(k) Rollover?

Commonly referred to as a 401(k) rollover, moving your money after you leave a job can save you –– and potentially make you more –– money in the long run.

A 401(k) rollover is simple: It’s taking your money out of an employer-sponsored retirement account and moving it into a new retirement account.

Todd Burkhalter is the founder and CEO of Drive Planning, a financial planning and wellness company. He’s been helping people manage their money for the past 21 years.

Burkhalter says having the opportunity to rollover a 401(k) is one of the best money moves an individual can make. As he describes it, it gives individuals the chance to “take control” of their money.

The downside of having a 401(k) plan, according to Burkhalter, is the plan is administered and run by a company that the employer has chosen. From the participant’s standpoint, Burkhalter says you’re not in control of your own money. Your employer can make strict allocation requirements, and the provider can charge costly administrative fees.

For you, that means paying money just to have your money invested –– and risking a horror story happening, like one that happened to one of Burkhalter’s clients.

“I had a client who was let go from his company during a merger, and he didn’t rollover his 401(k),” says Burkhalter. “The new company required that 50% of anyone’s 401(k) balance had to be in their own company stock.”

Instead of rolling over the 401(k), Burkhalter’s client adjusted his allocations and kept his funds where they were. Unfortunately, the new company failed, and Burkhalter’s client lost 50% of his retirement savings.

There’s only a handful of times when individuals can withdraw from their retirement accounts early without being penalized, such as financial hardship or disability. To avoid getting stuck with your old employer — and a horror story unfolding — Burkhalter says it’s best to decide what to do with that money from the get-go.

Where Can You Put Your Money Instead?  

So, you left your job and are looking for a new one. You understand the benefits of rolling over your 401(k), but what now? Where do you put that money?

According to NerdWallet, there are three main types of 401(k) rollovers.

401(k) to Traditional IRA

Anyone can open a traditional IRA, regardless of their income or employment status. As of 2018, these accounts have annual contribution limits of $5,500 a year or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older — your rollover amount has no impact on this contribution limit. Depending on your situation, you may not pay taxes on IRA contributions, but you do pay them on any pre-tax contributions and all gains when you withdraw money.

401(k) to Roth IRA

A Roth IRA is for people who make less than $132,000 a year, or $194,000 if they’re married. Like the traditional IRA, a Roth IRA has yearly contribution limits of $5,500 or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older, and your rollover amount doesn’t impact the contribution limit. Since contributions are made after income tax is taken from your pay, you pay no taxes when you make qualified withdrawals.

401(k) to 401(k)

This one is pretty self-explanatory. A rollover into a new 401(k) does not count as a contribution, so there is no maximum amount you can rollover. Contributions are, however, limited to $18,500 a year in 2018. It is important to note that fees vary by provider. To initiate a rollover into a new 401(k), contact your current 401k) provider for instructions.

If you’re still unsure where to put your retirement funds, Burkhalter advises his clients to put it wherever the fees are lowest. Every dollar paid toward your provider is one less dollar invested for retirement, so choose wisely.

Kelly Anne Smith is an email content specialist for The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

This Diabetes-Related Viral Tweet Shows How Clueless People Can Be

PSA: Try not to ask people with diabetes to skip checking their blood sugar, adjusting their insulin pump, or injecting insulin because you think it’s ~gross~.

Type 1 diabetes — although treatable — is a deadly and dangerous illness.

Type 1 diabetes — although treatable — is a deadly and dangerous illness.

Without insulin injections or an insulin pump, people with type 1 are in serious trouble. And in fact, if they accidentally get too much insulin, that’s ALSO life-threatening. So for people with type 1 diabetes it’s a fact of life to spend time every day checking blood sugar and managing insulin. Actually, it IS life.

Only about 5–10% of people with diabetes in the US have type 1, and it’s a totally different disease from type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that essentially destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, a hormone that shuttles blood sugar (which rises after you eat) into cells to be used as energy.

Don’t take your pancreas for granted. When it’s working, the pancreas does this job naturally for you every day, keeping blood sugar — which, BTW, is a hideous poison at high levels — in the safe range.

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but it often occurs in childhood. So if you see a teen or young adult using insulin, they probably have type 1. (Although type 2, which used to happen almost exclusively in people over 45, now occurs more often in children and teens, and some people can have a combo of both types. So don’t assume.)

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A similar tweet then went viral, with 115,000 retweets and nearly half a million likes. And the thread is a great lesson in what not to say to someone with diabetes.

A similar tweet then went viral, with 115,000 retweets and nearly half a million likes. And the thread is a great lesson in what not to say to someone with diabetes.

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More Than a Best Friend: Include These Items in Your Dog Adoption Budget

Adopting a new dog is not a financial endeavor to be taken lightly. For one of my dogs, I’ve spent roughly $10,000 over the course of its life and was admittedly not prepared for some of the expenses when I first rescued him when I was 21 years old.

If you are sure you can afford to adopt a new dog (beyond just the adoption fees) and you’ve found the perfect pooch for your family, you should purchase and stock a number of items in your house before picking up your new four-legged friend from the shelter.

But what all should you purchase? What things can you skip out on? And how much will it cost? I spoke with Phyllis Stewart, longtime volunteer at Franklin County Dog Shelter (FCDS) in Columbus, Ohio, to learn more.

Dog Crates

The most important item for a new dog is a crate,” Stewart says. “It can be purchased new, used or borrowed, as it may not be needed for a long time. A crate will aid in house-training, sleeping overnight, possible separation anxiety and keeping the dog and your house safe when you are not home.”

If borrowed, the crate would cost nothing. On the flip side, I spent $150 on a cage for my 150-pound Great Dane.

However, you don’t need to purchase a bed for the crate right away..

“I usually suggest that new adopters wait to purchase a dog bed until they know if the dog is a chewer or shredder,” says Stewart. “Use old towels and blankets in the crate until settled in.”

Total Cost: $0 – $150

Food

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You should also have food ready before bringing your new dog home. But there’s no sense in paying top dollar for the super fancy stuff.

Don’t buy cheap food, but expensive specialty food is not needed either, unless your veterinarian recommends for medical reasons,” says Stewart. “Buy a good mid-range food in a puppy variety if the dog is under eight months old.”

Food costs will depend on the size of the bag (the larger the bag, the more expensive, but also the more value per pound) and the brand. Daily Treat’s research on the best deals for mid-range grain-free dog food found that Purina Beneful Grain Free is the best deal. You’ll spend $14 for a 12.5-pound bag on Amazon.

You’ll also need bowls for eating and drinking.

“Heavy ceramic bowls are good for water because they don’t tip easily,” says Stewart.

A suitable set is available on Amazon for $22.

Stewart also says treats are great for training. Have a bag ready at your home for the first lesson. You can find this at your local pet store for around $5 (or just make your own at home).

Total Cost: $41

Pet Care

Stewart recommends having a grooming brush ready at home, as you’ll want to give your dog a bath soon after adoption.

She says oft bristles are good for short coats to massage the dog’s skin and distribute oils for a shiny coat, and brushes with long metal bristles are good for dogs with long coats, to prevent matting.You can find dog brushes on Amazon for under $10.

Other care items to have ready include nail clippers ($10 pair) and shampoo ($6 bottle). For clippers, Stewart recommends the scissor kind instead of the guillotine style, but if you’re uncomfortable doing the trimming yourself, anticipate a monthly or bimonthly cost of around $10 to $15 for a groomer to take care of it.

Total Cost: $26

Toys and Miscellaneous

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Toys are important to welcome your dog into your home upon its arrival. Stewart recommends paying for quality here, as well-made toys last much longer and will save you in the long run. Suggested toys include Kongs for treat dispensing ($10), Nylabones ($9) and knotted rope toys ($9).

Use two balls to train during fetch: The dog only gets ball number two if it successfully retrieves and returns ball number one. No need to buy anything special: Just use tennis balls you likely have lying around the house.

As for the collar and leash, that might be one set of expenses you can avoid. Many shelters, such as the one at which Stewart volunteers, offer these with the adoption.

“I would recommend that an adopter ask their shelter if they need to provide one and what size is needed,” says Stewart.

If you do need to provide your own, you’ll spend roughly $20 on the set.

Total Cost: $28 – $48

Total Expenses — And Some Discounts

After the cost of the initial adoption, you will likely need to spend $95 to $265 to have your house ready for your new furry friend. Keep in mind, however, that the size of your dog (and whether it is a puppy or an adult) can either help cut costs — or raise them.

There are, however, other options to reduce your initial costs.

For example, Stewart also acts as a trustee at Friends of the Shelter, a nonprofit that raises funds for medical care of dogs at the shelter she volunteers at. This nonprofit organizes a Shelter Shop that sells donated items to new adopters at discounted prices — and donors can deduct those donations on their taxes. Ask your local shelters if they have similar programs.

You can also turn to friends and family (and other social media acquaintances) for hand-me-downs. Pet guardians are generally happy to pass along crates their dogs have outgrown or fresh bags of food their dog suddenly grew tired of.

Other Adoption Advice

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Beyond a shopping list, Stewart offered some additional advice to first-time adopters welcoming a dog home.

Consider adopting at a time when someone will be home for the first day or two,” she says. “It will help them relax and get used to the home before being left alone.”

She adds, “Keep the first few weeks quiet, establish a routine and keep strangers to a minimum. Never allow unsupervised interactions with young children.”

This is especially true as you are getting to know the behaviors of your new dog.

If you have other pets, Stewart offers this advice: “Bring your pets to meet the new dog before adoption. Have someone help you take the dogs on a long walk together before entering the home. Allow a decompression period before allowing direct interactions in the home.”

Finally, she says, “Newly adopted dogs are often lost when they dash past you at the front door. Put the dog on a leash or in the crate when leaving or entering the house, and begin teaching the dog to ‘wait’ whenever the door is being opened.”

If you are not confident as a trainer, add classes to your expenses. Training is crucial to the safety of your dog and to ensuring good behavior throughout its lifetime.

Finally, schedule a vet appointment shortly after adoption. Call around to get price quotes, but more importantly, read reviews of local veterinarians. You’ll want an affordable one, but also one who will make you and your dog feel comfortable.

Timothy Moore is a proud doggy daddy to two rescues — Greyson and Clyde. When he is not cleaning out Greyson’s ears or playing tug-of-war with Clyde, Timothy is usually reading, writing, editing or drinking a beer.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

Lena Dunham Had A Hysterectomy For Endometriosis. Here’s What Experts Think

There are many different therapies for endometriosis, a condition that causes severe pelvic pain and bleeding, but hysterectomies typically aren’t one of them.

On Wednesday, 31-year-old actress and writer Lena Dunham revealed in an essay in the March issue of Vogue that she had had a hysterectomy.

Dunham, best known for her HBO series “Girls,” wrote that she chose to have her uterus removed after a decade-long battle with endometriosis. According to the essay, Dunham chose to have the procedure as a last-ditch-effort to ease pain that continued, unabated, through many different treatment regimens.

“I go to pelvic-floor therapy, massage therapy, pain therapy, color therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and a brief yet horrifying foray into vaginal massage from a stranger. I am determined to outmaneuver whatever is eating me from the inside. But I can only run so well with cement blocks strapped to my feet. Finally I ask my doctor if my uterus needs to come out. She says, 'let's wait and see',” Dunham wrote. Two days after this conversation, Dunham wrote that she checked herself into the hospital, determined to leave without a uterus.

Hysterectomies are not a common treatment for endometriosis. Dunham wrote that it took six days in the hospital, a 1,000-word letter as proof of consent, three therapy sessions, and an unsuccessful dilation and curettage procedure until she finally convinced her doctors to perform a hysterectomy. So what exactly is the standard of care for this painful condition? We spoke to an expert to find out.

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In endometriosis, the tissue that normally lines the uterus escapes and attaches to other organs, which can cause scarring, heavy periods, and severe or even debilitating pain.

“The endometrial tissue behaves just like it does when it's inside the uterus, which means it responds to hormones and thickens and bleeds every time you have a period,” Dr. Kathy Huang, the director of the Endometriosis Center at NYU Langone Health, tells BuzzFeed News. The tissue typically grows on pelvic organs such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, and bowel, Huang says. In rare cases, it can grow on organs elsewhere in the body, such as the lungs or even the brain. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown.

“Because the blood has nowhere to go and it gets trapped in the body, this can cause inflammation… so wherever the lesions or endometrial tissue is, there's a lot of scarring and pain, usually during the period,” Huang says. So the most common symptoms are pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during intercourse, bowel issues, and excessive bleeding.

The pain associated with endometriosis is not something that goes away after popping some ibuprofen and using a hot water bottle. It's often described as excruciating, persistent, and even debilitating. When endometriosis goes undiagnosed and/or untreated, Huang says, the scarring can become so severe that the areas with lesions hurt all the time, not just during a period. Long-term complications can include infertility, pelvic cysts, “chocolate” cysts on the ovaries, and even bowel obstructions.

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There is no cure for endometriosis, but you can treat symptoms with hormonal birth control pills, pain medication, and pelvic floor therapy.

There is no cure for endometriosis, but you can treat symptoms with hormonal birth control pills, pain medication, and pelvic floor therapy.

Typically, doctors diagnose endometriosis by doing a detailed history, a pelvic exam, and in some cases, surgery to identify the lesions. “Performing surgery to make a diagnosis is very invasive, so I work very closely with a radiologist and we use a MRI protocol to make the diagnosis instead, and it's over 80% accurate,” Huang says.

Once you are diagnosed, the treatment really varies depending on your goals and the type of pain. “If the woman is not trying to get pregnant, we will try hormonal birth control to regulate the hormones and period but this only minimizes symptoms and it doesn't treat the actual problem,” Huang says. Doctors may prescribe birth control pills or a progestin-only contraceptives, such as the hormonal IUD (Mirena) or the Depo-Provera injection. There are a few other medications that induce an artificial menopause or prevent the growth of the endometrium, but these are older and less popular due to the severe side effects.

Pelvic floor therapy can be helpful because endometriosis can cause the pelvic floor muscles to tense up, Huang says, so you need help to relax them again. Patients may also see a sex therapist to learn techniques that can make sex less painful and in some cases, possible.

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There are surgeries to treat endometriosis, such as laparoscopic excision or ablation, but these are often done to remove abnormal tissue while conserving the reproductive organs.

There are surgeries to treat endometriosis, such as laparoscopic excision or ablation, but these are often done to remove abnormal tissue while conserving the reproductive organs.

“If the patient does want to get pregnant then birth control pills aren't an option, or if they are still in a lot of pain and they've tried other treatments, then we offer surgical intervention,” Huang says. When doctors do surgically remove the endometrial tissue, they try to do so without removing any organs, called “conservative therapy,” and this is done laparoscopically.

There are generally two types of laparoscopic surgery: resection (or excision) or ablation. “An endometriosis resection means we remove the entire lesion but conserve the uterus and ovaries and other organs and in this case, the recurrence is very low; but an ablation only burns off the superficial layer of the lesion so historically, the recurrence rate is much higher,” Huang says. Although conservative therapy surgeries can successfully treat endometriosis, they are still invasive and costly procedures. So for many women, they simply aren't an option.

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Hysterectomies — which remove the entire uterus — do not cure endometriosis and the pain can still come back.

Hysterectomies — which remove the entire uterus — do not cure endometriosis and the pain can still come back.

“If you only have endometriosis, I won't recommend a hysterectomy,” Huang says. Another problem with hysterectomies is that the pain can still come back. “A hysterectomy doesn't always help because endometriosis is by definition an extrauterine disease, which means it exists outside the uterus — so as long as you still have your ovaries and your hormones, then any endometrial tissue can bleed again and cause pain,” Huang says. A hysterectomy only removes the uterus (and the cervix, if it's a total hysterectomy), but not the ovaries.

“I don't suggest it as a treatment for endometriosis, but if the woman brings it up or demands that she wants her uterus removed and doesn't want children, then we'll discuss it,” Huang says. However, a hysterectomy can help if you have a condition called adenomyosis, Huang says, which means the endometrial tissue has invaded the muscle tissue of the uterus. Sometimes people have both endometriosis and adenomyosis, but the hysterectomy can really only “cure” the latter. Dunham did not confirm whether she had adenomyosis.

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And because a hysterectomy makes it impossible to conceive without a surrogate, it isn’t an option for many women who want to have children.

And because a hysterectomy makes it impossible to conceive without a surrogate, it isn't an option for many women who want to have children.

When a patient wants a hysterectomy, there are a few important factors to consider, such as age, fertility concerns, pain level, and the risks and benefits of the procedure. “We really need to understand the patient's goals and what they are trying to achieve… usually, the patient has tried multiple therapies and it's a last resort,” Huang says. For women who want a hysterectomy but still want children, they will have to take the long and costly road of IVF and surrogacy to get there. So it's not an easy decision by any means.

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“I encourage people who have endometriosis to do their research and always get a second opinion about their treatment options,” Huang says.

"I encourage people who have endometriosis to do their research and always get a second opinion about their treatment options," Huang says.

“Our primary goal is to understand how endometriosis is affecting the patient's life and what we are trying to fix, and to explore all of the treatment options before jumping into surgery,” Huang says. However, the range in treatment options for endometriosis means you may get very different recommendations depending on the doctor, and not all of them are experienced with treating endometriosis.

So if you have endometriosis or you think you have it, you should do your own research beforehand and go to your OBGYN ready to ask all your questions. “Then, go see someone else and ask the same questions, because it's always good to get a second opinion… there's really nothing preventing you from seeing another doctor,” Huang says.

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While Dunham’s decision to get a hysterectomy might’ve been an unusual one, it did highlight an important point: endometriosis can be incredibly painful and frustrating.

Dunham explains that the decision to remove her uterus was not easy, and there were a lot of emotions involved. “Because I had to work so hard to have my pain acknowledged, there was no time to feel fear or grief. To say goodbye. I made a choice that never was a choice for me, yet mourning feels like a luxury I don’t have,” she wrote.

Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and people can experience frustration from years of being misdiagnosed or not being given the right care. “Many women are not properly treated for the disease,” Huang says. Unfortunately, many women also go undiagnosed, so it's important to see an OBGYN if you think you have symptoms. “If you're having a lot of pain during your period, that isn't normal — it doesn't always mean you have endometriosis — but it isn't normal, so you should go see a doctor to find out why you're having the pain,” Huang says.

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Endometriosis affects one in ten women of reproductive age — so if you have it, know that you aren’t alone.

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