10 Ways to Save Money on Pet Expenses
Whether it's a dog, a cat, or a guinea pig, pets are an important and beloved part of many family units. And just like the needs and living expenses of other family members, pets impact the household budget and bottom line.
According to the American Kennel Club, the average annual cost of dog ownership ranges widely—from $14,480 to $93,520. That price tag includes food, treats, dog toys, bed, leashes, and routine veterinary care, among other things.
Cats, meanwhile, cost about $634 annually, or about $53 per month, according to the ASPCA. Similar to dogs, this estimate takes into consideration the cost associated with cat food, medical expenses, treats, toys, and more.
The reality, however, is that the expense associated with pet ownership can vary widely, and for the savviest of owners, there's a long list of hacks for saving money throughout the year. Here are 10 ways to save money on pet ownership.