Do you have a furry little friend? Are you thinking about one, but are hesitant because you know that they cost a lot of money? They do, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be like that. You can have a pet and still keep money right where it belongs. There are a lot of ways you can save money with some smart budgeting. Whether you have a fluffy barker or a gracious feline at home, or something third that you can apply these tips to, it will save some you some dollars for sure.

1. Consider adopting rather than shopping

If you are still in the process of deciding whether to get yourself a pet or not, there are plenty of animal shelters with stray animals that are waiting for someone to love them and give them a forever home. There are plenty of pros when it comes to adopting an animal. A lot of animals in the shelters are neutered or spayed. This is another thing that costs money. Also, there are plenty of adult animals in shelters that already have a developed personality. That way, you’ll know exactly what kind of animal you’re getting.

2. Buy in bulk

Keep your eye on discounts. Don’t be afraid to stock up on the food you know is good for your pet. There are certain pet food brands that offer discount coupons on their web pages, keep an eye on opportunities like that. Another thing you can do is combine your regular pet food with human food. There are certain things people eat that are good for your pet as well. Do some research on which food you can serve your lovely companion and enjoy the meal together.

3. Make treats instead of buying them

Okay, so treats aren’t the most inexpensive thing on the earth. They cost money, and you can keep money right where it is if you decide to make treats yourself. There are plenty of treat recipes you can look up online that your pet will adore. It’s safe because you know exactly what ingredients you put in, and you’ll feel good because you made an effort to make treats for your pet.

4. Groom them at home

If you have a poodle and want to give her a complete makeover, you probably won’t cut her hair on your own. But if you just need to give her a regular trim, and trim her nails, you can educate yourself by browsing the Internet and learning some basic tricks of the trade. Especially when it comes to baths and things like that. You can do it on your own. It will be a great bonding experience for you and your pet, and you will still save some dollars that will come in handy for something else.

5. Spay or neuter your pet

This is extremely important for many reasons, financial as well. The procedure alone costs some money, but having e.g. a litter of puppies will cost you much, much more. Not to mention that animals that aren’t spayed or more likely to show signs of aggression than those who are. Furthermore, animals in heat are more likely to run off from their home because they are in search of a mate. They often come back hurt, which just means more bills from the veterinarian.

6. Give your pet regular checkups

Thinking that seldom checkups at the veterinarian will save you money isn’t the case. If you visit the pet’s doctor often enough, you can prevent many diseases that would cost you much more in their advanced stage. Your pet will be thankful because you prevented the disease in its very start and your wallet will be thankful for it as well.

7. Make toys instead of buying them

Of course, you can buy some toys, but this is where you can get really creative and do something nice for your pet. Again, the Internet comes to the rescue. Find plenty ideas on how to make simple, yet interesting and engaging toys that your pet will love. And for the majority of them, you already have the tools at home. All you need to do is some research and roll up your sleeves. Your pet will love you for it.