Having a dog can be a rewarding experience. Not only do they help us to feel safe but dogs are fun and affectionate. However, if you’re not careful, being a dog owner can be an expensive commitment.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the financial burden of dog ownership and we’ll be covering five of them in this post.
1. Shop Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
Although many of the everyday essentials that we purchase for dogs might seem relatively inexpensive, if you’re buying them often, the costs can quickly mount. By purchasing these items at a local thrift store or garage sale, you stand to reap substantial savings.
Amongst the items that you should be able to find at local thrift stores and garage sales are:
- Doggie toys
- Dog crates
- Sleeping pillows, blankets, and etc.
- Leash & Collar
- Furniture protectors
Often thrift stores will sell linens, toys, and related items for under $2-$3. Talk about savings!
2. Do It Yourself
Cleaning up after your four legged friend is another area where pennies and nickels can slowly add up to hundreds of dollars per year. Let’s take dog grooming as an example. The professional grooming service industry is an area where you can easily spend $700 or more per year.
By handling your dog’s grooming yourself; you can remove a substantial chunk of this cost from your budget. If you’ve never groomed your dog before learning is easy-thanks to the Internet.
Another dog related chore that you can handle yourself is making your own cleaning supplies. For example, instead of buying specialty cleaners from the store try using something that’s already in your kitchen to clean up behind your dog. Vinegar and regular baking soda (or bamboo charcoal) can lift stains off of upholstery with ease.
3. Save on Medical Costs
If your dog becomes unexpectedly ill you could easily find yourself spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on veterinarian bills. You can lessen the impact that a medical emergency could have on your budget by taking a preventative approach to your dog’s health.
Here are a few proactive measures that you can take to keep your dog healthy:
- Purchase medical insurance for your dog
- Exercising your dog often
- Avoid feeding your dog unhealthy foods
- Take steps to prevent your dog from getting fleas, ticks, and heartworms
4. Shop to Save
Many pet care stores are similar to other retailers in that they offer specials and coupons to their customers. If you frequent one particular pet supply store, find out if they have a rewards program. Many do and offer coupons or redeemable points for future purchases. The Internet has made it even easier to take advantage of specials offered by retailers. Most require that you follow them through social networking outlets or subscribe to their email list. As you begin receiving emails and profile updates from your local pet supplier the deals should begin pouring in.
5. Purchase Your Dog’s Clothes Online
Just as there are some deals that won’t be made available to you until you subscribe to a retailer’s online content there are some savings that you can only access online. For example, Rock Bottom T-Shirts offers several high quality doggie tees for less than $5.
We hope that you found these tips helpful. Please share your thoughts by commenting below or posting them on our Facebook Fan Page.
Note: Always consult your veterinarian before beginning any course or regimen for your dog.