Pets are fun, and they can quickly become treasured members of our family. But, they can be expensive to care for. Here’s how to care for a pet without blowing your budget.
One of the largest expenses when it comes to your pets is medical care. However, you can protect yourself from some medical contingencies by buying pet medical insurance. For normal healthy pets, this is likely not a cost-effective option, but if you are concerned about health issues in the future, it can be a wise investment.
Grooming and training
Learn some basic grooming, like ear cleaning for dogs, and do it at home with natural, low cost ingredients and second hand tools, if necessary, too. You can learn to train your own pet, too. Check your local library for how-to books, or watch pet care videos online to get started.
Reduce food bills
Online discount pet food sales and bulk pet food, sold online or in store, are two options for reducing your food bill considerably. Food for all kinds of pets, fish, bird, or cats, for example, can be found online or in bulk, but never substitute quality for cost since you could end up paying more in vet bills with a sick pet.
You can also try baking your own treats using natural ingredients, which can save you a lot of money over the lifetime of your pet.
Buy used accessories
Bird cages including baths, water bowls, toys and perches, along with dog accessories like a crate or a bed are some used accessories you can purchase. Ask friends and family if they have any gently used pet supplies, check out online used items classifieds, or try social media sites to find what you need.
Don’t hide pet costs
An easy way to blow your budget is to exclude key items like the costs associated with how to care for a pet. Your budget should include monthly and future costs for your pet so you can determine if caring for a pet is an affordable expense for your family.