Credit Infocenter

8 Furry-Frugal Tips to Cut the Cost of Pet Care

May 19th, 2014 · No Comments · Budgeting

by Kristy Welsh

(Last Updated On: May 10, 2017)

8 Furry-Frugal Tips to Cut the Cost of Pet CareaIf you have a household budget, you know what your pet is costing you. While most pet expenses are unavoidable, there are certainly things you can do to cut costs here and there, just as you would with any one of your other budget categories.

1) Rescue

Adopting an animal from a shelter is easier on the pocketbook than buying from a breeder. But, more importantly, when you adopt a shelter animal, you’re saving a life. Actually, you’re saving two — the animal you take home and the one that gets to take your new pet’s place.

2) Practice preventative health care

Too many pet owners skip routine vet visits as a means of saving money. Unfortunately, this not only poses a risk to your pet’s health, but also ends up costing more in the long run dealing with illnesses that could have been prevented in the first place. Get your pet on a routine vet schedule, and stick to it!

3) Invest in good food

Buying the cheap stuff may save you a few bucks today, but your pet’s health will likely suffer in the long run, as will your bank account. That said, just because a food is expensive doesn’t make it good (i.e., not all premium brands are created equal). For dogs and cats specifically, avoid GMO’s; corn; soy; wheat; meat by-products; and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

4) Comparison shop

We pay more for convenience, so instead of buying everything from your local pet store or vet, shop around. Visit other pet stores in your area and search online for cheaper deals on food, supplements, and other necessities you buy all the time.

5) DIY grooming

Our pets are cute and we want to keep them that way, but your groomer need not have a corner on the market. You can and should groom your pet at home. Just be sure to do your homework first on grooming for your particular pet so that you can do it well, and safely, in the (free) comfort of your own home.

6) Solicit pet sitting help from family and friends

Whether you’re going out of town for a week, or just into the office for the day, you may be tempted to solicit the services of a professional pet sitter or pet walker. In doing so, though, you’re ignoring one of your greatest resources — family and friends who likely love your pet too.

The best way to ask your friends and family for help with your pets is within the context of a trade. Do they have pets you could care for during your off time? Or is there some other favor you could do for family and friends who don’t have pets of their own?

7) Keep accessories to a minimum

A collection of fancy collars and tricked-out toys can be fun, but they’re completely unnecessary. Invest in the basics and call it a day.

8) Start an emergency pet savings fund

Even if you follow tips 1 through 7 to the letter, there will inevitably be unexpected expenses over the course of your pet’s lifetime. Do yourself and your pet a favor by planning ahead. Start an emergency savings fund.

Since this is not for regular, everyday expenses, this fund could grow considerably over the years. Let it grow! Just as with people, the cost of health care will increase considerably as your pet ages. And when your pet is in need, the last thing you want is a lack of funds limiting the quality and length of care they get.

Any other furry-frugal tips you’d add to the list this National Pet Month?

Tags: ····

No Comments so far ↓

There are no comments yet...Kick things off by filling out the form below.

Leave a Comment