BOSTON (CBS) – Here are some ideas about taking care of your pet and yourself.

Keep your dog’s teeth clean. AARP’s vet recommends you buy Greenies or Milk-Bone Brushing Chews to remove plaque. Periodontal disease in pets can lead to more serious and expensive illnesses as it can in humans.

Keep pets thin. You will save on medical and food bills. As with people, extra pounds can lead to joint problems, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in pets.

Don’t overspend on premium pet food. No need to pay $5 to $15 per pound. Buy grocery brands Purina, Iams or Pedigree for a fraction of the cost.

Don’t waste money on toys that won’t last. Some toys can last a pet’s lifetime and others don’t last the day. Sounds like Christmas morning with a 5-year-old. Check out toys by Kong or Orbee.

My granddaughter’s dog has a toy box in their family room. The dog can pull her toys out of the bottom. Pet toys are big business. Target has an isle in every store dedicated to pet stuff!

And now for some people stuff:

Cheap facials. Use cooled tea bags on puffy, red eyes to deflate and refresh (the combo of caffeine and tannin does it). They used the word deflate not me! How does one deflate puffy eye lids?

The next one is to whisk two egg whites and apply as a facial mask for 20 minutes to tighten saggy skin. Two egg whites are cheap so I thought I would try this one. What on earth do you do for 20 minutes with egg whites plastered on your face? I watched the news, washed my face and asked my daughter what she thought. She told me I still had saggy skin.

For dry skin they recommend you mash a ripe avocado and apply to soothe your skin. My advice on this one, eat the avocado it’s better for you than wearing the avocado! Buy some good facial cream at the drug store! I buy mine on Amazon real cheap.

For more ways to save check the AARP Bulletin.

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You can hear Dee Lee’s expert financial advice on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 each weekday at 1:55 p.m., 3:55 p.m., and 7:55 p.m.

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