My pets bring me the greatest joy. They light up my life in a way I can’t even begin to describe.
There are countless reasons why pets bring happiness to people and countless ways they actually improve our lives. However, in these tough times, more and more people are turning away from pet ownership because they simply cannot afford the cost of a pet. Though pet ownership isn’t free and having a pet is a sort of “luxurious” expense, having a pet doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips to pet ownership on the cheap:
Buy used and on sale. Check Craigslist for supplies such as leashes, crates and pet taxis. You’ll pay just a fraction of what you would if you bought new. Also, check pet stores for off season sales on toys. Pet stores reduce all of their holiday toys right after that holiday is over. Pets don’t care if a toy is from last season’s holiday – to them, any toy will do.
Don’t skip routine care. Prevention is the key to saving money on vet bills. Just as humans need regular physicals to prevent problems later on, pets need regular vet care to stay healthy. You may pay more up front, but preventing and catching illnesses early can save thousands of dollars in the long run.
Watch your pet’s weight. Dogs and cats will most likely overeat if you let them. Pay attention to the recommendation from your vet. Not only is overfeeding your pets a waste of food, it is unhealthy and can lead to health problems down the road.
Groom at home. Bathe your pet in the tub or sink. You can even buy clippers and cut their hair yourself too. You’ll save hundreds of dollars a year simply by avoiding costly salons. Can’t avoid the groomer? Call around for discounts. Some salons offer discounts for rescue pets.
Make homemade. Make your pet homemade treats. Quality treats at pet stores can be expensive. It’s much cheaper and healthier to make your own. Check online for tasty recipes.
So what about you guys? What are some of the best ways you save money on pets?
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