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How to Save Money on a Dog

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Get a puppy rather than an adult dog

One way to save money on a dog is to get a puppy rather than an adult dog. Puppies are more likely to be adopted, easier to train and less likely to have behavioral problems. Additionally, because puppies are still growing, they’re also less likely to have health problems or any diseases that may have been passed onto them by their previous owners or environment. You can find puppies from shelters and rescues or buy from a breeder—both options will cost you less than buying an adult dog if you can afford it!

Visit a shelter rather than a pet store.

When you go to a pet store, the dogs for sale are usually breeders' puppies. They're cute and all, but they're not necessarily the most appropriate pet for your household. Shelters, on the other hand, offer a variety of breeds at all ages and sizes—the perfect opportunity to find exactly what you're looking for!

Unlike puppies in pet stores that are bred specifically to be sold as pets (and sometimes bred with health issues), shelter dogs have already been socialized with humans and other animals—they're already trained too! And if you adopt an adult dog rather than a puppy (which can save you thousands), chances are good that your new best friend will come with some basic training already under his or her belt.

Adopt an adult dog instead of buying a puppy.

Adopting an adult dog from a shelter is a great way to save money, help a dog in need, and get yourself a companion who is already well on his way to being house-trained. While you will have some idea of your puppy's personality as soon as you bring him home, that won't be the case with an adult dog; this can be an advantage if you're looking for more specific traits (like certain breed characteristics) and want to know exactly what sort of training he's had before coming into your life.

If your goal is simply to save money on a pet but don't necessarily care about the other advantages listed above—or if those things aren't important to you—there are still ways for people who are on tight budgets (and especially those who aren't)

Volunteer to foster shelter animals.

Volunteering to foster shelter dogs is a win-win for all involved. You get to help the shelter, give a dog a second chance at finding their forever home and save some cash.

Here are five reasons why you should volunteer to foster shelter animals:

  • You can help save the life of an animal.
  • You can help the shelter that rescued it.
  • The dog will benefit from not being in a cage all day long, which means they may be more adoptable than before when they're ready to go home with you!
  • It's also a great way for you to learn about dogs and their behavior, as well as learn how best to take care of them (and maybe even increase your chances of adopting one yourself someday). Plus, fostering an animal puts food on your table without costing anything out-of-pocket!

Ask your vet, friends and family for recommendations.

When you first get a dog, it's helpful to ask your veterinarian for recommendations. He or she may have firsthand experience with local boarding facilities and other pet services that can be useful. You may also want to call around to see who has coupons available at the time of your visit.

Additionally, if you haven't yet hired a trainer or groomer, this is a good time to do so! A great trainer can help you teach your pup how to behave both inside and outside of the house—and he or she will even give you tips on how much money you should be spending on his food every month (and when).

The same goes for grooming: It's best if someone else takes care of such things while they're still new puppies because they'll probably spend less time learning bad habits from their owners than if those owners were working all day long just trying not fall asleep at night after being up all day working!

Buy food in bulk and doggie supplies online.

  • Buy food in bulk and doggie supplies online.
  • You'll save money by buying larger amounts of dog food, which is cheaper per pound than smaller quantities. The same goes for other necessities like leashes, collars and toys.
  • Online stores offer a wider variety of items than your local pet store and are often cheaper than what you'd find on the shelf at your local pet shop—even if you factor in shipping costs.
  • Many online stores offer expedited shipping so that you can get your items delivered to your door within days (and sometimes even hours).
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Buy toys at thrift stores and the cheap racks at pet stores.

  • Buy toys at thrift stores and the cheap racks at pet stores. If you're looking for a specific type of toy, this is the best way to go. Thrift stores have a variety of different types of dog toys—some are cheap, some are expensive and all are used! You should be able to find something your dog will love without having to spend too much money on it.
  • Don't buy too many toys at once. It can be tempting when you see all those cute plushies or squeaky stuffed animals at your local pet store, but remember that there's no need for your pup to have more than one or two toys in his toy box at any given time (and maybe one extra). There are plenty of other things he could be doing with his time: playing with his family members or running around outside chasing squirrels!
  • Price matters even when it comes down what kind of material is used in making your dog's new favorite toy—if you buy an expensive chewable object made out of stainless steel (that may cost upwards of $30), chances are high that Fido won't care what kind will keep him occupied as long as he gets something tasty!

Don't buy too many toys.

You can save money on a dog by not buying too many toys.

If you buy your dog a toy, make sure it's the right size for him to chew. Toys that are too big or small will just end up as chew toys for your floors and furniture instead of his mouth.

Don't buy toys that are too expensive, but also don't buy cheap ones. Your dog may not care about the price tag if he likes the toy, but you'll be left with $10 worth of chewed-up stuffed animal instead at some point in the future (if not immediately).

Wash your dog's bedding yourself.

If you're like me, your dog is a major part of your life. He can be an excellent stress reliever, a great companion for walks, and the perfect excuse to spend more time outside (and away from the TV). But having a pup isn't cheap. Between food and vet bills and toys that need replaced after he licks them into oblivion, it's tempting to think about adopting a less expensive kind of pet—like perhaps one with no fur or tail.

But there are some things you can do to save money on dog ownership without going so far as procuring an alpaca:

  • Wash your dog's bedding yourself. It's easy to let this task fall by the wayside once things get busy; who has time for laundry? But depending on how often he sleeps in his crate or on his own bed at night (or both!), not washing these items regularly will lead to unpleasant smells and stains—not exactly what we want for our beloved pets! To prevent this from happening too often in between washes, consider investing in antimicrobial blanket covers; these keep any stains from getting onto other parts of the blanket underneath while still allowing air circulation so that bacteria doesn't build up too much under those covers either! You'll also want something like baking soda sprinkled over everything before putting them through their next wash cycle if possible; just make sure not too much gets dumped into one load since this could damage other clothes by accidently combining with detergent chemicals when mixed together during spin cycles."

DIY shampoo and grooming without damaging your pet's skin or natural coat.

  • Gently shampoo your dog’s coat.
  • Use a dog-specific shampoo.
  • Brush your dog’s hair regularly to remove dead skin cells and prevent tangles. This should be done once per day, preferably before bedtime when most dogs relax with their owners in the evening.
  • Apply a conditioner after brushing to add shine and softness back into the coat's natural oils, which are stripped away by frequent baths or baths that are too hot for your pooch's skin type (i.e., those with sensitive skin).
  • Use scissors to trim any excess hair so it doesn't get caught on furniture or clothing while they're running around outside during playtime with other pets, children or adults!

Use an antioxidant supplement for pets to help prevent illness, which could lead to expensive veterinary bills in the future.

One of the best ways to prevent illness is by using an antioxidant supplement for pets. Antioxidants help keep your dog's body healthy, which can lead to fewer illnesses and costly veterinary bills in the future. For example, antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions that could lead to expensive medical expenses if left untreated. Antioxidants also support eye health and improve joint function—two more ways they can help prevent illness by reducing pain or discomfort as well as reducing symptoms of certain illnesses like arthritis or cataracts.

You can save money when you become a dog owner if you are strategic about it!

  • Use money-saving tips to help you save money
  • Get a puppy instead of an adult dog
  • Adopt an adult dog instead of buying a puppy
  • Volunteer to foster shelter animals
  • Ask your vet, friends and family for recommendations


We hope these tips will help you save money when it comes time for your new furry friend.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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