You're faced with a situation, your son’s shoes are so worn out that he's developing blisters on his feet, and your dog is so hungry that you can see his ribs with each breath. You only have 20 bucks in your wallet so what do you do? When people are thinking about owning a pet they often think that it will put them in a similar position as the one just described. Though pets can be pricey, there are some very practical ways to reduce spending without malnourishing your pet, so consider these pet oriented budgeting tips, that will keep your pet happy and leave you with enough money to keep your water running.
In 2018 Americans spent 95.6 billion dollars on their pets, with most pet owners spending $1,400 to $4,000 dollars a year on their pets. That’s a lot of money going towards pet care so consider reducing your spending by buying products at a discount, from places like The Dollar Tree, 99 Cents Store, Offerup or Craigslist. The Dollar Tree sells products that can be used for your pet like water bowls, toys, dry and canned food, and treats. It’s best to talk to your veterinarian before changing your pets diet, but you can still buy water bowls, toys and Tupperware without harming your pets health. For bigger purchases, consider looking at sites like Offer Up and Craigslist. On those sites you can find fish tanks, terrariums, temperature regulating equipment, dog/cat toys and bedding at a reduced price.
Almost everyone likes pets, but not everyone is in a disposition to own one. With that in mind you can often find someone in your social circle, neighborhood, or at work who would be more than happy to care for your pet when you're out of town, if it means they can be with your dog for a week. If you find someone who is willing to voluntarily care for your pet, or walk them when you can’t you can save a fortune on dog walkers, and pet sitting, as well as socialize your pet and get them comfortable in other environments. You might also consider swapping pet sitting duties with a neighbor or friend, or making a little extra cash for pet sitting by registering on Rover.com or Bark.com.
Reducing spending on pet care and pet products, may not seem to be inline with keeping your pet healthy but in many ways it is. Two ways you can budget and keep your pets healthy are to get them regular exercise, and prevent overfeeding. Both of those practices can prevent future veterinary costs related to disease and obesity.
Supplementing your income can also help with pet care costs, but as a pet parent you might be too busy to do any side work. If you are really busy and could use some extra cash, try out the mobile app PICKL! This app pays you $5 instantly, for taking pictures of products at retailers in your area. Occasionally the Tasks in PICKL will take you to your local pet shop, where you will be directed to interesting products you may never have heard of.
We wish you wet noses and wagging tails!