How to Make Pet Care Fit Into Your Budget

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Pets make our hearts swoon.  They provide comfort on off-days, irrevocable golden memories, and make our children laugh and play while learning responsibility.

They can also wreak havoc on our budgets.  Between spaying and neutering, vaccinations, food, litter, toys, and everything else that goes into being a pet owner, paying for your best friend can become a massive burden.

If you’re finding yourself fretting over your bottom line, stress less.  There are ways to cut costs without getting rid of Fido.  Because who could ever say goodbye to their trusted companion over something like money?


Spaying and Neutering Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

If you live in an area that is trying to control its animal population, you may be able to find a free program to spay and neuter your pets, regardless of income levels.  A great example is the City of Pittsburgh.  Depending on your region, urban areas may not be the only place that offer these programs.  Rural areas have problems with overpopulation in some sectors of the country, too.

If you don’t live in an area that has a free program, there are still low-cost options available.  Check out the Humane Society, Animal Rescue League, or your local shelter to see what programs they have in place to help pet owners get their fuzzy friends spayed or neutered, along with programs for lower-cost vaccinations.


Never Walk Into a Pet Store Again

Shopping online is the way to go.  Places like PetSmart always have at least a few great deals or sales running online.  To top it off, orders over a certain dollar amount (right now, $49) ship for free, meaning that you’re not only able to save money, but you’re also able to save time over running to the store.  Getting your supplies shipped directly to your door makes you feel like you’re sitting in the lap of luxury without spending an extra cent.

If you don’t have an order that meets the set dollar amount, you can still save time by shipping to store.  Rather than walking in and browsing the aisles until you find what you need, you can order online using promo codes, and then pick your ready-to-go order up when you walk in the front door, all without paying a cent for shipping.  To top it all off, PetSmart has the PetPerks card that allows you not only to get sale price, but also grants you access to additional coupons.


Buy In Bulk

There are certain things you are going to need over and over again.  Dog food.  Kitty litter.  Rawhide bones.  For these predictable expenses, it makes more sense to buy in bulk at a place like Sam’s Club or Costco.  While these wholesale stores do require an upfront membership fee, you’ll more than make your money back in savings if you purchase all of your recurring needs in bulk.

Some pet stores even allow you to purchase pet food out of a bin by the pound.  Shopping in bulk this way typically adds up to far more savings than if you purchased brand name out of a bag over and over again.