Owning a pet can get expensive if you don’t pay attention to the cost of things. If you’re like me, you love your pet so much that you have a hard time not indulging in their every need. I’m not suggesting that you don’t continue to spoil your pet, but there are probably some ways you can cut back on how much you spend on things like toys, food and healthcare.
Tips for Toys
Have you ever noticed that similar to children, pets often enjoy playing with things they find around the house more than they enjoy the fancy store bought stuff? Saving money on toys could be the most guilt free experience ever when you see how much happiness a homemade toy can bring to your pet. You can use everyday household items, old clothing, or even what could be considered trash, to entertain your pet with minimal to no cost.
Adopt vs. Buy
If you are still in the decision-making process of owning a pet and have yet to choose your new best friend, the biggest way to save money is adopting instead of buying an animal. Not only does it give you the opportunity to spend way less, it gives a needy animal a home and potentially saves its life. There are so many neglected and forgotten animals out there who are in places that do not have the resources to continue taking care of them. Check out your local ASPCA or ask a local vet to recommend the best place for you to adopt from, or even a particular animal in need.
Do your research on pet food. Many times, the best food for your animal can be made easily at home using things like lentils, potatoes, and other items that are simple to make in large batches for the week. Otherwise take a look online, you can often purchase discounted pet food on websites like Overstock.com. If you still can’t find it there, check for coupons on the company website for your pet’s favorite brand. You can also buy in bulk if that is an option for you. The more you buy, the less it usually costs per pound.
Keep Them Healthy
Making your pet’s health a priority can create major savings in the long run. Vet bills can be extremely expensive, and emergency vet bills are often even higher, so keeping your pet healthy prevents you from having to deal with some of these costs. Creating regular routines for exercise, hygiene, and grooming will help you keep on top of your pet’s health. We all know that exercise is an important aspect of an animal’s health, but the amount can vary. Do your research to make sure you are not over exerting your pet or not providing them with enough activity, because every animal is different. Although the right routine can help keep your pet away from the emergency vet, it is also important to make sure your pet is up to date on all its shots and pills. Shopping around a bit for a good clinic and buying medicine online can help save money when you do have to visit the vet. There are even some vaccinations that can now be administered at home to avoid the trip and save even more.