The Three Rules of Pet Saving

By Shannon Gurnee
In Pets
February 19, 2019

Today, on Redhead Mom, we are sharing about the Three Rules of Pet Saving, as part of a sponsored guest post with Vipon.

We love our furry four-legged friends here at Vipon, but they sure are expensive! Our office doggo GoGo is constantly barking for new treats and toys, even after his long walks around the city. With thousands of pet products and fads on offer, it can be hard to decide what’s necessary spending and what isn’t so we’ve put together our short guide on our essential pet spending tips and tricks.

Here’s our guide to smart pet spending. Let’s keep our four-legged friends as happy as our wallets will be after seeing these incredible saving opportunities.

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Rule #1 – Don’t Follow The Herd.

Saving is a state of mind – You can’t jump on every pet fad and trend without thinking how it will affect you wallet. We are looking at you expensive geometric hairstyles!

Nutritional fads such as grain free food or 100% meat diets may seem attractive but will create additional costs you want to avoid. Before starting your pet on any diet you should do your research in order to find out which nutrients and vitamins are essential for your pet and how to maintain them in your pet’s regimen. You should also contact your veterinarian to ensure the safety of your pet.

Grooming trends such as ‘pawdicure’ and fur-dying are also probably worth skipping, these expensive procedures, while looking great, are often not worth the cost and in the worst case scenario can damage your pet‘s health. We recommend steering clear of this garish animal fashion altogether, and sticking to relaxing home grooming.

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Rule #2 – Spend Smarter On Food.

Finding, Feeding, Preparing – We know you guys are already adept online shoppers, so when buying pet food make sure to check out your favorite online retailers and stores. Amazon is a fantastic place to buy bulk pet food for cheap prices and you already know you can find some fantastic discounts here with Vipon.

Remember to always buy in bulk! Pet food is made to last for months, maybe even years. Dry food can have an especially long lifetime.

Compare Serving Sizes – Often high-quality pet food brands will require a much smaller serving size due to the fact that they contain more of the nutrients and fuel your pet needs. In addition to this, overfeeding your pet is dangerous and can be extremely detrimental to their long term health. Make sure you check nutritional values or you’ll end up with a Tubby Tom Cat or a Chubby Chihuahua.

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Rule #3 – Avoid The Vet!

Know When To Go – We aren’t saying don’t go to the vet if your pet’s sick! Of course if your pet has a medical condition seeking professional assistance should be the first thing on your mind. However, when it comes to buying treats, food, toys and even medication you can potentially save thousands of dollars a year shopping outside your vet’s office.

Make Your Own Toys – There are thousands of resources available online for cunning crafty types to make their own pet toys and games. Take advantage of this wealth of resources and information by making your own fun and saving a few dollars
at the same time.

Make Your Own Treats – The same as the toys, a quick search online reveals too many DIY pet treat recipes and guides to count! If you prefer the kitchen over the workshop then this might be the more attractive choice to you. You should check out the Ragdoll Hub for more cat caring tips.

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Brush Their Teeth!!! –  Looking back on GoGo’s pet expenses over the years nothing has cost us more than his teeth! Expensive vet appointments, operations, medication, follow-ups and so much more – what a headache! – If you only pay attention to one tip in this whole article then let it be this. Brush your pet’s teeth, pay attention to their health, and groom them to enjoy a happy life time together.

We hope you and all your animal buddies are having a fantastic time and can learn to save together thanks to these helpful pet saving tips and tricks.

Much love,

The Vipon Team.



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

25 Responses to “The Three Rules of Pet Saving”

  1. Lissa Crane says:

    Love these tips! We recently adopted two kittens and it is costly but well worth it! They are already family members to us!

  2. Theresa says:

    These are great pet saving tips. We also give our pets their required vaccines (except rabies since that’s a live one and has to be administered at the vet’s office). We easily save hundreds of dollars a year by picking up the vaccines at the feed store and giving them to our pets ourselves.

  3. Sade Rieux says:

    These are great tips! I definitely need to follow these, they are very helpful!

  4. We do not have a pet at home, even though children would prefer. I have an aunt who grows up in one cat and adores them, I have sent them to her:)

  5. Unless it was something serious, I always got my dogs’ meds online — so much cheaper! And yes, I’m glad you added that bonus about brushing their teeth. Saves you a lot of money in the long run on teeth cleanings at the vet.

  6. Mimi says:

    This is a very practical list. Vets can cost a lot so anything to avoid them is ideal

  7. Catherine says:

    These are great tips for saving. It’s tough keeping costs down but this is great info for those esp new to owning pets!

  8. Heather says:

    We just rescued a puppy a few months ago and I’m always wondering what we should and shouldn’t spend money on. I have to admit, we never considered fur dying.

  9. Indu says:

    Wonderful read. Your ideas will certainly help in better financial planning for pets.

  10. John Mulindi says:

    I do not own a pet now, but I would like to consider keeping a cat in future. These are helpful tips, and I will consider them should I get a pet.

  11. Great tips. I have always wanted a dog but the expense and time has always put me off.

  12. Marysa says:

    These are all good ideas. When we adopted our cats from a rescue group, they told us not to choose cheap foods because they see so many health issues in pets from cheap pet food 🙁 It just isn’t worth it.

  13. I am so loving this blog. Too bad we can’t have pets in the house for now. Thanks for sharing.

  14. these are good tips. we dont have a dog yet but cant wait until we move so we can!

  15. Sara Welch says:

    These are great tips! To save money on vaccines, we visit our local shelter! They offer discounted rates on certain days of the month to help keep your pet healthy on a budget!

  16. Katie says:

    We love our little pets but they can also get expensive. It’s always helpful to figure out ways to save on food and take care of them within a budget. Costco has pretty good middle of the road pet food.

  17. Alexandra Cook says:

    We don’t have a pet now but I’ll definitely follow those when I got to get one, thankyou for sharing.

  18. I couldn’t agree more on not going to the vet unless it’s necessary. Our two pups are healthy. We typically go for their annual and that’s about it.

  19. Preet says:

    It was a great pet saving tips. I agree, as much as possible we can buy food, toys or other pet stuff outside. And we can actually save a lot.

  20. Wow, these are great pet saving tips. I had 2 dogs and 8 cats so I completely agree with the post.

  21. Margaret S Porter says:

    Great tips. I have 3 dogs and a cat and it gets expensive

  22. Kim Seghers says:

    These are very good tips! We have a doggie and keeping her groomed is expensive. I never heard of pet fur-dying before… lol!!

  23. Chastity says:

    I love these tips. I am definitely going to be taking advantage of the food deals on Amazon. Also the teeth brushing is a must.

  24. Laurie Nykaza says:

    Great information on money saving tips. Having Cats that were 20 and 21 who passed this year I did take them to the vet often and I know it helped with Thyroid problems etc as they get older they have more problems like we do. Like to save $ as well and I also check out new products and find most of the time I dont need them for my 3 rescue dogs and my other 2 cats.

  25. Shelley Joy P says:

    Great tips! I buy my pet’s food in bulk or stock up when there is a great sale. I also use coupons with a sale to save even more.

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