Now that you have your first (or newest) pet child, it’s important to do what parents do with their human children. They must make raising them more affordable. Many first-time pet parents will go out and buy every new toy, crate, and bedding for their pet (only the best will do). However, you can love your pet and save money too. For example, when it comes to pet expenses, you should have money left over to pay for any emergency visits or deposits towards new pet toys.
For example, search for initial examinations that are free. You may not think that there are veterinarians out there who provide free initial examinations, but there are. Of course, make sure you trust the veterinarians offering you the free initial exams. This will save you at least $40. Here are some other tips for you:
Take Advantage of Less Expensive Vet Care Options
Annual examinations are a must to keep your pet healthy. It’s also important for your pet to receive their vaccinations and preventative medications, as well as receive their microchips. These things can cost a fortune at a regular vet’s office. One way to save money is to take advantage of local low-cost and mobile clinics. For example, mobile clinics often set up in the parking lot of a grocery store. Their clinic has the same things found at brick-and-mortar vet’s clinics.
Purchase Pet Medications at the Pharmacy
There may come a time that your pet may need prescription medication. Veterinarians who supply the needed medications and supplements will usually do so at a big markup. This means that you will spend more money getting pet medication from your local vet. Instead, request a prescription. Get that prescription at a local pharmacy for a lower cost.
Look for Pet Food Coupons
Pet food is expensive. That doesn’t mean that you can’t buy the best pet food on the market for your pet. Search for pet food coupons. Sometimes you’ll find these coupons on the pet food manufacturer’s website. Before choosing pet food, understand that the type of ingredients that go into the food. You want to buy the most nutritious pet food on the market! Bonus tip: Another way to save on pet food is to look for gift cards offered as promotions. These are typically advertised around December and given out in exchange for spending a certain amount of money at a store.
Join a Focus Group to Get Free Food or Money
You may not know this, but there are pet food focus groups. These focus groups want pet parents’ opinions about different companies’ pet food. Search for different marketing companies, then sign up with them. The pay off pay be free dog food or cash just for telling them if your pet likes the company’s pet food.
Participate in a Pet Sitting Exchange
If you need a pet sitter, you may hire a pet sitting company or pet boarding business. This can be expensive. Find a neighbor or family member you trust and exchange pet sitting services. For example, you pet sit for them while they are on vacation, and they do the same for you. You’ll save money.
Buy Used Crates
New crates are expensive. Save money and purchase a used crate either at a second-hand store or online. A little bleach and water and you have a new crate for less money than a new one. You can do the same thing with stuffed animals at yard sales. Instead of buying the expensive toys, invest in some used stuffed animals. They work as good as the new shiny toys.
Owning a pet doesn’t have to take a chunk of your budget. Instead, you can save money by using some tips like finding some coupons online, exchanging pet sitting services, and finding focus groups. Your pet won’t know the difference. Besides, they’re more interested in the love and affection you provide them every day.