Who can resist a bargain?

Prices are going up all over the Poconos, but if you look around, you can still find a few bargains.

Pets are expensive, there’s no getting around it. But we owe our cuddly critters health care.

The Eastern Pa Animal Alliance is once again offering a low-cost spay/neuter service and monthly vaccine clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The clinic is located in Rainbow Plaza on Route 209 in Brodheadsville. That’s next to West End Rental.

You can spay or neuter house cats for $60 and male dogs for $100 and female dogs for $150. Vaccines and other services are also available, all at reasonable prices with no vet fee.

 Call 570-994-5846 for appointments.

If you live in Pike County, the Pike County Humane Society will be holding a series of low-cost rabies and vaccination clinics for dogs and cats starting Saturday, Feb. 25. 

 Prices range from $10 to $28 for various vaccinations and tests.

 That’s right, rabies shots are available for $10.

Clinics are: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Lehman Township Municipal Building, on Municipal Drive in Bushkill.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the Blooming Grove Municipal Building on Route 739 in Lords Valley.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 (tentative_ Matamoras Fire Department on Airport Rd in Matamoras.

3 to 7 p.m. April 14, Dingman Township Municipal Building on Fisher Lane in Milford.

Open to everyone with pets. Call the shelter that day at 570-296-7654 if you would like to verify that the event is taking place.

Here’s a real bargain for gardeners. The Penn State Master Gardeners are offering a morning packed with information next Saturday, March 3 at the Public Safety Building in Snydersville.

You can learn about container gardening, environmentally safe cleaning products, pruning shrubs and more. All for $15. ($13 if you make your reservation by Feb. 24)

Of course, you could jump in your car and head to Philadelphia for THE Flower Show. You will pay $10 in tolls, at least $10 to park (if you’re lucky) and $27 to get in. You will see beautiful exhibit after exhibit and get some great ideas for color combinations and planting. Workshops run continually through the show.

You’ll have to fight the crowds but you’ll be able to buy great gardening gifts and plants as well as  some so-so vendor food.

Yes, it’s definitely an amazing experience. Everyone should go at least once …or twice.

But if you want to know what really will work in your Pocono garden, this year my money’s on the Master Gardeners.

P.S.: You can attend the Master Gardener’s workshop and be home in plenty of time to watch the special Saturday night on the Flower Show. That’s free. You can have it all.

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