How much do you spend on your pets? Are pets worth the money? How can you keep costs down? Those fuzzy little critters are the topic later today on the 8th episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday.

During today’s episode, Jim and I will be discussing companion animals — and how to cope with their costs. Jim has a new puppy. I have four cats. (Or “400 cats”, as one GRS reader recently suggested.) We’ll share what we’ve learned, but more than that, we encourage you to call with your comments and questions.

There are three ways to hear the show. You can listen through an audio feed at the show page, or you can dial the call-in number at (347) 327-9144. You can also listen through this widget:

Note that the widget always holds the archive of the most recent episode. So, right now it contains last week’s episode about gardening. Later this afternoon it will contain episode number eight.

Added fun! The show page will feature a live chatroom while we’re broadcasting, so that you can ask questions and leave comments in real-time.

Jim and I intend to do this every Monday — soon with guests! — and we hope you’ll join us. We think this will be a fun way to connect with readers and to help everyone learn more about money management.

Update! We’re now on iTunes! You can subscribe to The Personal Finance Hour as a weekly podcast by following this link (which will open iTunes).

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