How to Save Money on Pets and Pet Supplies
These eight changes you can make to your pet parenting lifestyle right now will help you save money.
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Groom at home
Acclimating your pet to home nail trims and ear cleanings can pay off, says Dr. Sarah Wooten, the vet expert at Pumpkin Pet Insurance. If you are able to provide basic grooming services for your pet it will be less stressful for them, as well as your pocketbook.
Look into generic
Many of the big pet food companies also sell a generic brand pet food, which is just as high quality but may be offered in a limited selection of flavors, notes Steffa Mantilla, a former zookeeper and founder of Money Tamer.
Take out a subscription
Pet owners can get discounts when purchasing a monthly subscription on everything from food and treats to medications. Petco and Chewy offer 30 percent off your first subscription order and 5 percent off future orders (along with free shipping). Amazon also offers discounts on pet food and items through its Subscribe and Save option.
Team up with friends
If you have local pet parent pals, try to find ways to offset costs by joining forces, says Kate LaSala, a certified, professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. For example, if your dog and friend’s dog eat the same food or treats, you can order in bulk to save on shipping or get a discount. You can also take turns dog sitting when one of you is on vacation so there’s no need to hire a dog walker or sitter.
Check online sites or ask around to see if anyone wants to sell or even donate their used crates, toys, collars, leashes, etc. that are no longer being used instead of buying new.