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by Jessica Brody April 22, 2019 3 min read

Tips for First-Time Pet Owners to Save Money on Fido or Fluffy


When you’ve decided to get your first pet, it’s normal to feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. One thing that may add to your anxiety is the cost of caring for them. Pets certainly can be expensive, but they don’t have to drain your budget. Every decision you make, from the type of pet you choose to how you buy supplies, can help cut costs dramatically.


Save on Supplies


Pet supplies are ongoing expenses, so you want to make sure you’re getting the best deals without skimping on quality. A nutritious diet and regular exercise are essential for your pet’s health, and a healthy pet won’t need to see the vet for problems as often.


That said, how do you save on all these supplies?


  • Opt for easy, affordable ordering: Whether it’s food, toys, or anything else you buy frequently, one of the best ways to save is by ordering from Amazon. With Amazon coupons, you can get everything you need at a pretty significant discount. Online ordering also saves time; instead of running from store to store looking for deals, you get affordable pet supplies delivered right to your door.


  • Stock up on non-perishables: You can stock up on food to a certain extent, but you don’t want to risk feeding your pet food that isn’t fresh. Where you definitely can stock up is on supplies that wear out, such as leashes, collars, and pet beds. The Huffington Post suggests buying supplies when they’re on sale so you never have to pay full price.


  • Repurpose household items: Pet toys can be especially pricey, but Money Wise recommends using household items like old tennis balls or T-shirts to make your own toys. One added benefit of repurposing is that your old clothes have your scent on them. Playtime is one of the best ways to bond with your new pet, and using repurposed items with your scent can help ease their transition and make bonding even faster.


  • Consider costs before choosing your pet: Not all pets have the same needs, so consider your budget and cost of supplies when deciding on the type of pet for you. In general, smaller pets cost less than bigger ones. Along with size, think about your space and any extra supplies. Will you need a crate, a pet gate, or a fenced in yard? Keep in mind that some rescue animals will be frightened when they come into a new home. Any pet needs their own space, including a comfy bed, and these supplies are especially important for making a nervous pet feel happier and at home in their new space.


Other Costs to Consider


Supplies make up the bulk of what you will spend over your pet’s lifetime, but don’t overlook these other costs. Here are some things to keep in mind:


  • Clean-up: From dealing with pet hair and dander to house-training accidents, clean-up is another part of pet ownership you need to prepare for. One of the best ways to control pet dander in your home is by investing in an air purifier. Some air purifiers are better than others at managing pet dander, so it’s a good idea to compare models to find the one that fits your needs and is within your budget. For everyday cleaning supplies like cleaner and paper towels, save money by adding them to your online orders.


  • Vet care: Keeping your pet in good health starts with prevention, but even the healthiest pets need vet care. Before choosing a vet, shop around to find one that is reputable and up-front about costs. You can also ask if they have a new patient discount or if they offer promos. Taking advantage of promos for things like dental cleanings and spay/neuter clinics is an easy way to save money on vet care.


Be sure to consider all of these costs combined before jumping into the decision to get a companion. Getting your first pet is a major milestone and not something to take lightly. Thankfully, these money-saving tips will make sure your budget doesn’t get in the way of giving your new furry (or scaly!) friend a place in your home.


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