How To Save Money on Your Pets

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In today's economy, everyone's looking for ways to save money and sadly, many pet owners have to consider giving up their beloved animals. Here are some of our best tips for saving big on pets, supplies, food, vet bills, and those other costs that can really add up.

Save on the pet itself.
Buying a thoroughbred dog or cat can be really pricey. Consider adopting an animal from a shelter. Not only will you save a ton of money, you'll save an animal's life.

Get free stuff (and have fun doing it).
Brides-to-be do it. Expecting moms do it. Why shouldn't a new pet owner get a bunch of free stuff too? Plan a new pet shower (or host one for a friend -- good karma!). Send Evites, make it a potluck, and ask each guest to bring toys, food, treats, a bed, scratching post, or whatever else a new pet owner would need. It will save you money -- and will be a lot of fun to boot.

Buy used.
Guess what -- Fluffy doesn't care if her pet carrier or crate are used or new. Look on eBay, Craigslist, or your local newspaper for used pet supplies. Just make sure whatever used items you get are thoroughly disinfected before use. Spraying down with a good cleaning supply should do the trick.

Save on food and supplies.
Get pet supplies, including basics like cat litter, dog food, and toys, at a discount from catalogs like PetEdge and Doctors Foster and Smith. Don't forget that most pet food manufacturers offer coupons on their websites. Better yet, buy in bulk from a price club like BJ's, Costco, or Sam's Club. (Just don't tell your pet where that enormous bag of food is kept...)

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