Pets are part of the family, whom we love, nourish, care for and treat just like everyone else in the household!
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans are expected to spend more than $69.36 billion on pet care this year -- yes, BILLION! Up from $67 billion in 2016. In addition, cat owners, spend about $988 per pet, while dog owners spend about $1,549 per pet.
In today’s economy, everyone is looking to save on expenses. Here are five ideas for saving money on our furbabies expenses.
Yelp provides a wealth of information for local service providers. You can get info and reviews on everything from emergency vets to local dog parks to dog walkers and pet sitters, and makes it easy to call or email the location for more information. You'll often find special offers and service discounts to save you money.
2. Save with auto shipments
Consider auto-shipments for products that you purchase regularly, like dog or cat food, which save both time and money. Amazon's Subscribe and Save program offers discounts of 15%. Chewy.com is a pet owner favorite -- my furry nieces, Luna and Bianca get so excited when they see the box being delivered from their window! Petco has a similar service, as well as Pet Food Direct.
3. Pet Meds: You have options
Just because the vet prescribes a medication, it doesn’t mean you have to purchase from them at a higher cost than the alternatives available. Try sites such as 1-800-PET-MEDS for low-cost options. Or shop around: GoodRX offers pricing of various medications for pets based on your zip code.
4. Make your own pet toys
How often do you receive a delivery, empty out the box and turn around to find your cat inside of it? It's surprising how makeshift toys provide our pets with ongoing entertainment just as much as manufactured toys! Try braiding an old towel to make a dog toy. Tie string around a toilet paper tube to amuse the cats. You can Google endless ideas.
5. Pet Care Cost Cutting Tips from the ASPCA
The ASPCA offers cost cutting tips that are worth a look for saving money on your pet’s health care. They also have a helpful tool to find local clinics to spay or neuter your pets.
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