You can love your pets but still save some money... Deciding on getting a pet is an exciting event. But don?t let the anticipation blind you from the implications of adding a new member to the family.
There are many benefits that are intangible but the costs of it all will surely be felt in the family?s budget. But don?t let this financial aspect of pet ownership daunt you.
Acknowledge the fact that pets will costs you so you can check your finances and prepare for it. There are ways to curb pet-related expenses to a minimum. Here are some of them.
If you are not keen on showing off your dogs on parade or as a business, then it will be wise to grab a pet from your local animal rescue shelters. They will cost you less and as the pets have previous owners, they are most likely toilet trained and can obey simple commands. That?s less work for you.
And more importantly they will cost you less than getting one from a breeder. It is also important to consider special pet needs that may feature on some breeds, if you are say getting a dog or cat.
It is recommended that those planning to bring a new pet at home should inform themselves first about how to take care of say a puppy. Borrow books from the library and educate yourself first so you know what to expect and what to prepare ahead.
Often times owners get excited that they forget to plan and purchase essential items and end up running to the closest pet shop to gather supplies with no regard to the price.
So prepare well in advance and ask friends who has the same kind of pet to give you smart advice on what to do and what not to do on those first crucial weeks.
Don?t get caught up in buying branded and luxury items. Your pet won?t even know the difference. So look online or on your local papers for pet shops offering discounted products.
You may also visit your nearest veterinarian as a resource. Ask for where is the best place to buy accessories and supplies at reasonable prices.
The clinic often have posting boards to where clients advertise items that they want to get rid of so look at that. Thrift stores and garage sales are also popular source of cheap and used items. Check quality though and if you think you can work some magic on to it, perhaps a fresh coat of paint on used bird?s cage.
Keep in mind that as your pet grows, it will need differing sizes of supplies so there is really not much need to buy new and expensive items.
As much as you stock up your pantry from wholesale shops, so should you get pet food in bulk. You?ll rarely run out of pet food this way and avoid running to the grocery and grabbing the same food for more.
But never, ever compromise quality as cheap pet food may not give your pet the proper nutrients it needs and end up costing you more on hospital bill. Wholesale stores usually offer large bags that you should store properly to keep it on good condition.
Regular grooming is another expense that may cost you more than you think. So if you can, learn to do it by yourself. It may be a daunting task but you?ll get the hang of it. Most breeders do this themselves to save on cost.
All you need is to grab the right tools like a shaver and a nail clipper, which may cost you more now but end up saving you from expensive ?professional? grooming service.
So there you have it. Take control of your pet and your pet costs and you won?t regret the decision of bringing that special addition to your home. Money saved can then be used for relevant pet expense such as regular check-ups and preventative measures such as immunizations.
This is a guest article by Jessy. She is a stay-at-home mom, frugal blogger and web entreprneur. Her love for pets is refelcted in her two cat health blogs: cat weight loss and home-made cat diet. Follow Jessy's health tips on Twitter: @JessyTroy.
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