Pets are part of the family, and it’s only natural for pet owners to want the best for their furry friends. That means buying quality food and supplements, making regular trips to the vet and keeping plenty of toys on hand – anything to make your pet comfortable and happy!
However, it isn’t always easy to pamper your pet if you have a strict budget. The pet industry knows that pet owners are willing to go above and beyond for their pets, and they tend to jack up prices on products and services they know will sell. This can make finding quality products within your price range difficult.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways to spoil your pet without breaking the bank – it just takes a bit of creativity. Here are four DIY strategies for pampering your pets on a budget.
Try at-home training
Taking your pet to a trainer can be expensive. Instead of spending up to $80 per training session, consider checking out free online training videos posted by professional trainers. They are generally simple and easy to follow, and you can go back to reference them as many times as you need.
Make your own pet toys
Nothing is worse than buying your pet a new, fancy toy only to see it destroyed within a matter of days. If replacing your pet’s toys has started to take a toll on your bank account, consider making your own. Old t-shirts, ropes, boxes, and tennis balls are all great options for dogs. You can even make your own puzzle toys out of PVC pipe or an old cereal box. As long as it keeps your pets entertained, it doesn’t have to be fancy.
Groom your pets at home
Grooming tools can be expensive, but the investment will pay off in the long run. Trips to the groomer can easily cost upwards of $60 per session, and some pets need routine maintenance to keep their coat looking fresh. You might still need a professional for complex jobs, but regular brushes and nail trims can be done from home. Just be sure to do some research to ensure that you buy the right products the first time.
Look for discounts and clearance items
Pet products can be expensive, but there are deals out there if you know where to look. Next time you head to your local pet store, check out the clearance rack for discounted items. You could find the same (or similar) items at half the original price. If you’re shopping online, look around for coupons and discount codes. Rewards programs are also a great option if you frequently shop at the same store.
You don’t have to spend half your paycheck to keep your pets happy. Check out the infographic below for more money-saving alternatives to traditional pet products and services.