While having a pet (or multiple pets) can be a great source of fun and love, it can also be a huge drain on your wallet.Â While picking up a bag of food each month or taking your pet to get groomed may not seem like it adds up to a lot of money take a look at this number: $36.3 billion.
That number represents the amount of money Americans spent on their pets during 2005, which is up from the $17 billion spent in 1994.Â Obviously this is a growing expense, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to help reduce the amount of money you spend on your furry friends.
I came across an interesting list on MSN Money that gave a bunch of different ways that you can attempt to save a bit of money on your pet.Â Here are some of the better ones:
- Take care of some things yourself.Â For example, it’s pretty easy to groom your pet, clip its nails, brush its teeth, etc.Â The more you can take care of on your own the less you’re going to pay.
- Shop around for veterinarians.Â I’m actually in the middle of going through this; when I recently took my cat in for her yearly examination I was shocked to see that the bill had more than doubled from the previous year, not to mention all of the little unnecessary items I was paying for.Â Now I’m actively seeking referrals for another vet in my area that doesn’t charge as much.
- Stop buying pet clothes.Â Seriously, this is such a waste of money and I just want to shake people when I see them dropping massive amounts of money on stupid dress up clothes for their pets.Â If you absolutely need to blow your cash, I’ll give you my address and you can just send me the money.
- Don’t make your pets fat.Â Try to give your pet some regular exercise and don’t over feed it.Â While fat pets provide more to love, you’ll typically have less time to love them.
There are plenty of ways for you to save money on your pets – -and much like everything else in life, all it really takes is a little bit of self restraint and common sense.
Fido will thank you for it.