Cool shopping and educational sites

I found some cool sites I wanted to share with the community. These sites will save you money, and they are better for you and the world, too.

    • This is a company that creates lab based, ethical diamonds. In every way they are the same as mined diamonds, without the conflict, with lower water usage, no child labor, and less environmental impact.
    • Because they are lab grown, the cost is 30 to 40% less than a mined diamond.
    • This particular company uses renewable energy to power their sustainable operations, making the diamonds net-zero CO2.
    • Not to be outdone, DeBeers launched their own lab-grown diamond line, excluding engagement rings.
    • The cost per carat is $800, which is astonishingly low.
    • I particularly like the pink and blue diamonds, which seem to be very popular.
    • Due to their lower cost, lab-grown diamonds have greatly exceeded mined diamonds in growth and market size.

I have decided I can make an impact not only through our writing, but what we purchase. We can work together and leverage Wright’s Law to double production of good technologies and lower prices by 10%.

    • With the recent addition of a puppy, I was not happy with the dog eating meat. It defeats the purpose for us to be vegetarian and the dog not to be the same.
    • Finding a good, vegan, puppy food is no easy task. There are plenty of vegan kibbles for adult dogs.
    • I settled in on this brand. We slowly switched from Royal Canin to Green Dog Puppy food over a week. Pup likes it.
    • A Royal Canin 3 lb bag of kibbles is $20. Expensive.
    • We got Green Dog 6.6 lb bag of kibbles for $23. A larger bag is less per pound.
    • Pup’s fur is softer and shinier. He gulps it down.
    • Always ask your vet before making diet changes for your dog.
    • The site offers free educational courses from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, University of Texas, and more.
    • Given the rising cost and unaffordability of a college degree, you can take courses from leading universities, for free.
    • For a reasonable price, you can convert your course work into college credits.
    • What I like is the organization is a non-profit.
    • Similar to Khan Academy, they want to leverage the internet so more people can learn.
    • Given the job train wreck on women and minorities from the pandemic, this is a good way to increase your skills at minimal financial cost.
    • If we think free college courses are good, what would you say about a free college degree?
    • In their own words, the University of the People is the first non-profit, American-accredited, tuition free online university!
    • This is a collaboration with Harvard, Berkeley, NYU, and international universities.
    • More than 50,000 people are enrolled in the university.
    • They offer degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Health Science, and Education.
    • If you learn one thing from this post, this might be it.

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Published by smilingdad

My story is one of tragedy and redemption. We've made many mistakes along the way regarding our money. Our goal here is to show you how to take care of your money life long, and as much as we can, help the Earth along the way. I call it sustainable personal finance and ethical capitalism. Currently, I am a part time writer for Cleantechnica and part-time licensed financial professional, along with being a full-time dad.

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