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DIY Ways to Save on Pets

Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:32 am
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Save money on pets in a variety of ways! Make your own pet toys and pet treats!DIY Toys for Dogs and Cats

Tired of spending money on dog and cat treats so often? There are a variety of cheap, easy, and handy ways to make pet toys. You just need to think creatively and use materials lying around your house!

  • The Rope Ball – Drill or cut a hole in each side of an old ball. Make sure the hole is large enough to squeeze a rope through. Tie knots at either side of the ball to keep the rope in place. This is a great tug-of-war toy for your dog that is perfect for chewing and fetching!
  • The Sock Ball – Place an old tennis ball in a sock at the toe end. Tie a knot just above the ball to seal it inside. This is great toy for playing fetch with your dog in the yard.
  • The Fishing Pole – Attach a feather to a piece of string tied to a stick. Play “Go Fish” with your kitty for hours on end!
  • Catnip SockStuff a sock with catnip and seal it. Let your cat chase this yummy smelling sock for days.

Make Your Own Dog and Cat Treats

Dog and cat treats can be expensive. Why spend your whole wallet on treats for your furry friends when you can easily make them at home! You are most likely to have most of the ingredients needed to make healthy and inexpensive homemade pet treats. The added bonus is that you’ll know exactly what you’re feeding your dog or cat. You can purchase a pet treat recipe book at your local bookstore or simply search the web for some treat recipes your pet will love!

Cheap and Easy Pets

Dreading the hidden costs and responsibility of a dog or a cat, but your kids won’t get off your back about owning a pet? Cheap and easy pets are hard to come by. The truth is no pet is maintenance-free. All pets require some care, responsibility, and feeding. However, some pets are easier and cheaper than others.

Hermit Crabs: Lively and cute, hermit crabs make for fun and interesting pet companions. They are fascinating to observe and are easy to care for.

Betta Fish: Betta fish, also known as Siamese fighting fish, is a beautiful pet.  This pet is hypo-allergenic, never needs to be walked, and doesn’t require a lot of money. Once you set up your fish bowl, you will just need to feed it and change the water regularly.

Ants: Ants are a great starter pet. With an ant farm, kids can see how ants dig their tunnels and observe ant behavior. These intriguing pets are the easiest of them all! Pre-made ant farms are readily available, and they come in many shapes, sizes, and designs.

Leopard Geckos: Leopard Geckos are easy to care for and can be an awesome addition to any family. These nocturnal creatures come in a variety of colors and patterns, and unlike most reptiles have moveable eyelids!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.