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If you’ve got pets, you’ve got bigger bills than those who (inexplicably) manage to live without them. But that’s no major cause for alarm. After all, our animals are more than worth their weight in gold. Nothing could induce us to live without them. And they probably end up saving our lives so many times over that it’d be sheer folly to do without them, anyway.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when the veterinary invoices and food bills start stacking up.
I should know. I spend hundreds a month on pet care. And while it’s a lifestyle choice I’ve rationally elected for myself, that doesn’t mean I have to like the constant drain on my bank account. Which is why I work hard at finding new ways to mitigate those expenses.
And because I think pet people like us need to find ways to help one another, I’ll let you in on some of my favorite ways to save money on pet care. Here they are, by category:
1. Feeding. Go ahead and do the math. Once you do, you’ll probably agree that food accounts for far more of what you spend on your pets than you’d previously thought. All that bagged, boxed, pouched and canned stuff takes its toll on most any budget — especially if you stick to the high-end stuff or your pets require specialized therapeutic diets.
Here are my top tips in this category:
2. Drugs. There are tons of ways you can save big on your pet’s pharmacy needs. Consider these suggestions:
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