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    Pets - Reducing Costs and Savings Money

    The time when the greatest potential for savings presents itself when purchasing a pet often comes from good planning before you actually make the purchase. This is most definitely true when you are trying to decide on a pet. Approximately 60% of Americans have some type of animal they care for and consider a pet. While dogs and cats are the animals that first come to mind as pets for most people, the variety of pets that can be kept is enormous.

    The costs of keeping a pet can run from minimal to tens of thousands of dollars over the pet's lifetime. These costs will largely be determined by the type and size of the pet you choose. Smaller pets such as mice, hamsters and gerbils demand less attention than many larger animals and also cost a lot less to keep. Food, medical expenses, toys/accessories, training as well as the cost in time associated with the pet (including having to find care for it if you have to leave town) are all areas that should be considered. Taking the time to research and choose a pet that will fit your budget and lifestyle is vitally important. Whether your interest is for a typical cat and dog or it strays to something more bizarre like bugs, taking the time to evaluate both its and your needs will pay off financially in the long run.

    Once you have determined the perfect pet for you and your family, getting the needed equipment, housing and other accessories is essential. Again, a little planning ahead of time to get the proper items needed will cut your costs down dramatically. Search garage sales, classifieds, discount stores and the Internet auction sites to get the material you need at the best price. Anything that you forget will have to me purchased on short notice usually meaning a higher price

    The next cost that will arise pertains to where you actually get your pet. While pet stores and breeders are often the most convenient place to purchase a pet, a trip to your local animal shelter will almost certainly cost you much less with the added benefit of saving an animal's life. In addition, you will automatically be eligible for $130 worth of coupon discounts for your pet by bringing in your certificate of adoption into any petco store.

    Searching the Internet for websites and discussion groups that focus on the type of pet you have chosen will save you hundreds of dollars if not more. The advice from others on common problems and the best way to deal with them will certainly save you time and money. You will also hear about many more saving deals than you would on your own since this information is regularly passed around in those areas. Once you find a site that you enjoy, it's well worth signing up for any newsletter or ezine that will bring this information directly to your mailbox.

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    The cost of food can run into thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your pet, especially with larger animals. Pet food from your vet will almost always be the most expensive. If your vet recommends a certain pet food brand, make note of it and try to find it someplace else. Taking the time to research the best prices on pet food is also well worth the effort. Different brand names with basically the same ingredients can vary greatly, so simply comparison shopping can save you a significant amount of money. Purchasing food in bulk at warehouse and discount pet stores can save you even more. Use coupons and search the Internet for special discounts and promotions on a regular basis.

    You may even want to consider making your own pet food. There are a number of books that have recipes you can find at your local library, or you can go online into many pet specific sites and discussion groups to learn how to do this. Another way to decrease the costs associated with feeding your pet is to give your pet the proper amount. Overfeeding pets is common which not only costs extra in terms of money for food, but also in health and vet costs.

    Vet bills run several hundred dollars a year for most pet owners. Just as with your family's health, the best way to keep down medical costs with your pet is to prevent them in the first place. Getting the proper treatments, shots and vaccinations when recommended will more than likely save you hundreds of dollars in medical expenses. When problems do appear, take care of them right away to help prevent costlier treatment in the long run.

    You don't need to pay high vet prices for many standard shots and vaccinations. Pet stores and animal welfare agencies will often provide them at a huge discount. Contact your local agencies to find out where and when they are available. It's also worthwhile to become familiar with common ailments for the type of pet you have and remedies for them. The Internet has a large amount of information, as well as your local library and online discussion groups.

    While a vet is not necessary for basic shots and treatments, researching vets in your area for when you do need one will save you a lot of money. Vet prices can vary quite a bit, so taking the time to call and compare prices makes sense. Choosing the vet with the lowest prices, however, shouldn't be the only determining factor. You want a vet that you can trust with your pet's life if an emergency situation does come about. By far the best way to find a trustworthy vet at a reasonable price is to ask your friends and neighbors.

    Grooming for your pet can get quite costly, especially if you have someone else do it on a regular basis. In most cases, however, there is no reason for that. Head to your local library and get a do it yourself book, rent a video or find sites on the Internet to teach you how. Although there are certain types of pets that need special grooming care, most pets you can groom yourself and save the expense of paying a professional.

    In the end, no matter what the price you end up paying, it will almost certainly be paid back many time over in love from the pet. With a little planning and research, however, you can make that multiple many times greater...and that is the SavingAdvice.com way of doing things.

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    Re: Pets - Reducing Costs and Savings Money

    Lately, I have heard from a lot of vets that most shots only had to be given once every three years.

    It would be something to consider...

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      Have got best way to save money on pets food. If you are not a person who shops by the flyers then you need to start now! Find out on what days of the week the flyers for the various grocery stores and pet stores come out in your area and then peruse them with a fine toothed comb. Look for sales on pet food and then plan your grocery trips around which stores have the best deals on that particular week.

      While you are at it clip coupons from the local newspaper and magazines. The Internet is also an excellent source for finding coupons. They can bring savings your way that you would not find elsewhere. Check online coupon websites for pet food products. Clip coupons for the brands you buy regularly but this is also an opportunity to try out new products for your animals and see if you can encourage their taste buds to enjoy eating new brands and flavors. You also might want to visit the website for the food companyís you purchase from and sign up to have coupons sent to you through the mail or through e-mail.

      To reduce the costs you pay on your cat or dog food shop at stores where you can buy food in bulk, such as Samís Club. At this store a membership is required but it may be worth it to you. In this way you can save money by purchasing food for Sadie or Oscar in larger quantities than you could find at local supermarkets.

      Besides supermarkets and bulk stores you should take a look through discount stores in your community as well as a department store like Wal-Mart where prices tend to be lower, on a variety of items including pet food.

      If you are a whiz in the kitchen then look for pet food recipes online and in books from the library and make your own food for your adorable animals. Many homemade recipes are healthier for your pets than commercial food because you know every ingredient that goes into the food. You can purchase the ingredients in large quantities and then make medium to large portions that can be frozen until they are needed- just like you might do for your own food!

      If you have a dog then find out all you can about the raw food diet for dogs, as well as natural foods for your pet. Raw meats can be purchased at reasonable rates if you know where to shop.

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