A year ago I stood in the vet’s office and felt my jaw drop as the words “twelve hundred dollars” rang in my ears. These big three little words were in answer to my inquiry regarding the cost of dental cleaning for my cat. The veterinary doctor calmly explained the importance of proper dental maintenance and suggested I start saving. I (not quite as calmly) protested that, as a full time graduate student, there wasn’t any money to save and that I couldn’t possibly do it. Twelve months later (still twelve hundred dollars lacking) my jaw revisited the very same floor as I realized I was going to have to find a way.