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According torecent research, the average annual expenses for a pet dog amount to about $1,480. On top of that, more thanhalf of owners buy their pets gifts at least once a month. Hands up if you are those people (*our whole office raises their hands.*) While we will always want to give our dogs the best life we can and stay squarely in the gift-giving camp, there’s no real downside to saving some extra dollars every month. Whether it can help offset other rising costs, add to a pot for your future plans or simply get a better handle on your spending - it’s great to know how to save money whilst owning a dog. So we set about doing just that, and we promise it's easier than you might think! Without further ado, here are our top money saving tips for dog owners. Starting with…
The average gym membership in 2021 cost $50.03 a month, or $600.41 per year. No doubt these prices will rise in the years to come as inflation, well….inflates. At Potty Buddy HQ we realized just how much our gym passes were neglected, getting dusty in draws or lost under car seats. So we thought - why not use our pups to get moving instead and pocket that $600? And you know what - it worked. We got creative and discovered plenty of ways to work out with our canines, which also had the added bonus of some quality time with them added to our day. Why not try:
With so many essential items our pups need, it can be hard to know how to save money on dog supplies. But you know what they say? Buy used, save money! Of course, for things like pee pads, poop bags, and poop bag holders, you’re going to want to buy new for obvious reasons! But anything that doesn’t need to be new you can look for secondhand. For example, here’s a list of purchases our team made during the thrifty dog challenge:
Toys are where we can see our budgeting go out the window. And don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing better than playing with a new, exciting toy. But to save those all-important dollars, we replaced some of these purchases with a DIY option. Try:
Preventative care is one of the best ways to save money as a dog owner. By brushing your dog’s teeth as often as you can, you’ll be lowering their chances of dental disease significantly. And dental treatment doesn’t come cheaply! Need to brush up (sorry) on your pup’s dental hygiene schedule? Then head over to ourDental Hygiene For A Dog's Lifetime guide.
It might sound counterintuitive, but feeding your dog the cheapest food you can find is probably going to end up costing you more. Good nutrition is a cornerstone of your dog’s wellbeing, so a diet that doesn’t nourish them or that promotes obesity will mean more vet visits - and more spending. Choose the best food for a healthy weight, and don't skimp on quality. Instead, the key to saving money on dog food is to focus on other clever ways to cut the costs of that chow:
How many treats do you go through in a week? We realized just how much all those training games and recall practice sessions were adding up. So we decided to start practicing what we preach and using our own 5 natural treats to spoil your pup recipes. By creating your own natural dog treats, you know exactly what your pup is eating. Allowing you more control over their weight, mood, and energy levels. Plus, DIY treats are usually cheaper too! Win-win. Or should that be ‘woof-woof’?
Walks in the neighborhood and trips to the dog park aren’t just for your furbaby. When you start to socialize with other dog parents, you’re building a valuable network of other owners who all want the same thing - to cut costs. Once you know them well enough, consider asking them to join a group chat where you can offer walking, sitting, or even daycare to each other on an exchange basis. Considering a dog owner spends on average $228 a year for these services, it’s a great way to save!
We LOVE reusable dog supplies. Because…what’s not to love! Not only do reusable products prevent unnecessary landfill waste (yuk) and reduce your dog’s carbon pawprint (yay), but they save you dollars too (double yay). This was the main reason we brought Potty Buddy to life - to offer quality, reusable dog supplies that help to nurture healthy dogs, protect the environment & save owners money. Why not make these cost-saving swaps:
Disposable pee pads to The Potty Buddy100% leak-proof, reusable potty pad, with an ultra-absorbent inner layer & weighted bottom. Machine washable and super comfortable. Perfect for crates & apartments, seniors, or young pups. No more shredded, leaky pads ruining your home!
Paw wipes to The Paw BuddyPaw wipes aren't cheap, and they are often made from yukky microplastics. Instead, make muddy paws less of a chore with our portable, gentle paw cleaner.
Disposable Diapers to Reusable Diapers are a life-saver for a range of conditions. Whether your dog is in season, spraying, struggling with incontinence, or living with a health condition - they can make your house a more hygienic space. Save money and waste by switching to our comfy, reliable & machine washable diapers.
How to Save Money Owning A Dog: The Wrap Up
There you have it, our top 8 money saving tips for dog owners. We hope these tips will help you see those savings start to roll in.
What’s your top tip on how to save money owning a dog? Let us know over on Instagram!
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