Pets. They give you unconditional love. They provide companionship and fun.
And...they cost you a fortune.
Between vet bills, food, gear, boarding, and grooming, a pet can end up putting a significant hole in your budget throughout his life.
Of course, we love our pets so much, we don’t care how expensive they are.
But wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend just a little bit less on your beloved pet?
As much as we love our pets, no one wants to go broke because of them.
Here are some tips for saving money as a pet parent without skimping on what your fur baby needs.
Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs
If you subscribe to your favorite brands’ website and social media pages, you can often get first dibs on sales and coupons.
To maximize your savings from these programs, download any apps that your favorite pet stores might have for tracking points. Most boutiques and chain stores have loyalty programs. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can accrue points every time you make a purchase. Once you have enough points, you’ll be able to access some great discounts and freebies.
This strategy works best if you focus on one retailer rather than trying to spread your points out among many.
Make Your Own Pet Toys
How many times have you spent big money on a cat toy...only to find out that your cat just prefers playing with an old paper bag?
All you need is a little creativity to make toys that provide endless entertainment simply from objects lying around the house.
An old belt, a sock, or an old stuffed animal that your children no longer want can all become the stuff of a magical toy for your fur baby.
Keep Your Pet Healthy
The best way to avoid a hefty bill from the vet is by performing routine healthcare for your pet to keep her in the best of health.
Give your pet plenty of exercise every day to keep him fit. Provide consistent control of fleas and ticks. Also, be careful not to overfeed your pet since this can lead to diabetes (as well as more money spent on food.)
And, of course, regular visits to the veterinarian to keep up with vaccinations is a great investment since it prevents costly illnesses that are easy to avoid.
Start a Savings Account
No matter how conscientious you are as a pet parent, you are likely to confront unexpected veterinary bills at some point. An accident or an illness can deplete your funds quickly. To avoid being taken by surprise, many pet owners purchase health insurance for their pet. But this, too, is costly.
Instead, set up a savings account to defray any emergency costs. You can set it up with auto-save to automatically put aside a little every month. That way, you won’t be forced to choose between paying the rent or treating your beloved Fido for an injury.
By following these tips, you can absolutely be a devoted pet parent without breaking the bank.
And of course, don’t forget that SlumberPod offers plenty of cost-effective solutions to make life with your pet happy, healthy, and...affordable.