How To Save On Pet Expenses

October 24, 2011 | Posted By: Lior Levin | Categorized in: Finance, Shopping
Many pet owners see their pets as more than just an animal; they see them as a member of the family and often spoil them just like children. With pets being so near and dear to ones heart, it can be a real downer when they end up also costing a fortune that you donít have. While having a pet can be expensive, there are ways around these expenses. Youíll be surprised at just how much you can save per month by using these tips.

Coupons

One of the best thing about shopping is being able to save money with sales and coupons. Whether you shop online or offline, you can be sure that there are coupons and discounts at your disposal. If you prefer offline shopping, you can use the vast amount of tools to search for coupons online. It may be a better idea, however, to actually shop online. Youíll find that the prices are actually cheaper online and you can always find a good Internet only sale or online coupon code.

Routine Checkups

A sick pet is an expensive pet, so itís a good idea stay up to date with routine checkups. If you are regularly taking your pet to the vet, then you wonít have to worry about surprise illnesses among other things; the vet will be able to catch these issues early. In the long run, youíll save much more money just by sticking to routine checkups and keeping up with preventative care because your pet will be less likely to fall sick.

Vet Schools/Clinics

Using vet schools are a great way to save money on visits. Many vet schools, clinics and university programs offer pet services at reduced prices. By utilizing the service of students in training you can be sure that your pet will get extra care while helping to save money in your wallet. Do a quick search to see if there are any vet schools in your area; youíll be surprised at the savings.

Do the Grooming Yourself

Itís not as hard as it may seem to groom your pet. All you really need is a good shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers or filer, comb and/or brush, towels and a little bit of extra patience. You may also want to invest in a handheld shower head; these expendable shower heads make it easier to wash your pet in the bath tub. By grooming your pet yourself, you will save a considerable amount of money each year, plus it helps you bond with your pet.

Dollar Stores

While Dollar Stores may not have the proper, nutritional dog food that you need for your pet, they are a great source for cheap pet toys. Why spend $10 - $20 on a single toy that will only last a few weeks? You can get 10 - 20 toys from the Dollar Store for that much and your pet will be much happier because theyíll have such a larger selection of entertainment.

Buy in Bulk

Youíll be surprised at how much money youíll save just by buying in bulk from discount retailers. This is a great way to stock up on pet food and other supplies that donít expire. With pet food, you can transfer it to airtight containers so that it will stay fresh much longer. Itís also a good idea to buy dry food since itís much cheaper than wet food. You can save the wet food as an occasional treat for good behavior.

Portion Control

Your pet is going to eat as much as you give them; they have no comprehension of portion control or saving some for later. So, itís important that you control their portions for them. Your pet is required a certain amount of food per day depending on their size. If you give them more than needed, youíll not only endanger their health, but youíll also run out faster rand end up spending a lot more money on food in the long run

These tips are a sure way to save on pet expenses while also keeping your pet healthy and your wallet happy.

This post is written by Lior Levin, a marketing director for the MA in political science program at the Tel Aviv University. Lior also advises for an international center that specializes in customized cancer treatments.
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