Many people learn how to live with less because they have no choice. We all learn to adapt in a financial sense for specific reasons.
But when you’re a pet owner who’s trying to live within a budget, this can be really challenging because, let’s be honest, taking good care of our pets is not cheap.
When we add a pet to our family, our bank balance can take a considerable hit. But is there a way for us to have a bit more money in the bank without sacrificing our dog’s health and happiness? I’m going to discuss a few different perspectives below.
3 Tips for Saving Money as a Dog Mom
1. The Importance of Upfront Investments
You may feel some pet services are too expensive and you’ll just do them yourself. This can be a great money saving strategy over the years, but it may require an upfront investment in order to make it work.
For example, maybe you feel it’s simply too costly to pay someone to groom your dog. You’ll just do it yourself, and think of all the money you’ll save!
Yes, over the years you’ll save a lot of money by grooming your dog at home. But getting started might require investing in a dog grooming table and other grooming tools. These are one-time expenses that will last for years, and they’ll definitely make the process of home grooming a lot easier for both you and your dog.
Don’t be afraid to spend a little money now if it means you’ll be able to save money down the road.
2. The Importance of Research
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of research. It is impossible to make educated decisions about your dog’s care if you don’t have all the facts.
Do you research before you bring your dog home. Research types of foods, local trainers, dog-friendly cleaning supplies, research everything you’ll need to know as a new dog mom.
When you have all the facts about a situation, you’ll be able to make the best, most cost-effective choices for your dog. Don’t be afraid to use Google, read pet blogs, and talk to experts. There is a world of helpful information at your fingertips!
3. The Importance of Keeping Your Dog Healthy
We all know that vet bills can be a little, well, heart-stopping. Last year our big girl had ACL repair and let me just say, it was a lot of money, but it was also an absolute necessity for her health and her quality of life.
If you’re trying to save money, you may think that not going the vet is a good idea. Rest assured, this is not the case.
It’s important to be proactive in terms of caring for your dog’s health. It’s important to remember is that veterinary care is an upfront investment, as I mentioned above, and prevention is certainly better than cure.
In other words, it’s more cost-effective to treat your dog’s health issue now, rather than waiting until it becomes a crisis and costs a lot more to treat.
We all have financial concerns, and it might be tempting to “‘cut corners” when it comes to our pets, but in almost every instance, money saved today by going the “cheap route” is money that you’ll have to spend in the future to fix an issue caused by not spending the money up front.
There are lots of ways for saving money as a dog mom, and the tips above are just a few ideas to get you started.
What tips can you offer for saving money as a dog mom?
I’d love to know about your experiences! Leave a comment below or stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!