Even the canniest pet owners have to spend some money to keep their pets safe and healthy. Forget the toys and accessories, the basic pet supplies cost enough. But you don’t to worry anymore. We have some easy tips to save your money. Have a read.
- Adopt a pet
Instead of buying a new pet from pet store, we suggest you to adopt one from an animal shelter home. It will not only save your money but also offer a homeless dog, a shelter.
Adoption may still cost you some money but its okay as most of the dogs in shelter homes are vaccinated, spayed and neutered thus saving an upcoming expense.
- Shop pet food and supply in bulks
It is an economical practice to buy food and other supplies in bulks.
Stocking up things at home whenever you find them at a good price will save your money in long run. It will also save your time.
All you need to do is a little research and benefit from the coupons, deals and sales around you.
- Make your purchases online
Go for online shopping when you need to buy a toy, food or any other supply for your pet. Online stores offer various discount options throughout the year. You can save a lot as compared to the physical pet stores.
Sometimes, you may also get free shipping.
- Go generic on pet meds
When it comes to pet meds, save money by buying generic medications. Also buy pet meds from local retailers. Named-brand products that your vet sells cost you more.
Local retailers have all the pet meds and that too, on a lower price.
Buy generic meds like flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention etc. But make sure to ask your vet for a written prescription. Compare the prices of prescribed meds both online and locally.
- Benefit from free vet care
Vets carry short term promotions throughout the year. You can save your money on routine vet care by taking advantage of these promotions.
For example, take advantage of the annual free pet dental camps every February or look for mobile clinics for rabies etc.
- Make your own pet toys
Your pet doesn’t need expensive toys. Save money by making your own toys. As long as they are safe for your pet, they are good to go.
Just find out the kind of toys your pet loves and then go for it. A large squeaky tennis ball may do well with your dog. You may also grab the opportunity to be creative and make something good for your pet.
- Do it yourself
When it comes to train your dog, you can save money by doing it all yourself.
Train your pets by searching books and online platform for solutions to your pet’s problems. You can also find some good DVD’s in the market in that regard. But be specific to look for suggestions from reliable sources.
You can also groom your dog yourself. Buy a nail clipper and get rid of your pet’s fast growing nails all by yourself. You can also learn to clean your pet’s ears or give him a haircut. Save on these services by learning to do it yourself.
You can easily afford a pet by following these quick and easy tips. To all the pet owners out there, if you have any cost cutting tip, let us know. We’ll love to hear from you.