Looking to get a pet? Tips for bringing a pet into the family inexpensively

Pets: Buying

6 Ways a Pet Could Save You Money

Veronica Bowman

When you're looking for ways to save money, the general tendency is to look for ways to cut spending. However, there are times when spending a little can actually save you a lot. One example of this is pet ownership. You might be surprised to discover the various ways that sharing your home with a pet can be financially advantageous.

10 pet breeds suited for apartment living


Looking for a four-legged friend to share an apartment with you? These breeds have many of the traits desired for apartment living. Remember that every animal has a unique personality and breeds don't guarantee a perfect fit, but these pooches and kitties are among the top recommended breeds for apartment renters.

A Puppy for Christmas

TDS Reader Contributors

Are you considering adding a puppy to your family? Can you find a healthy puppy at a shelter? Or should you plan on trying to find a breeder? How do you know that the puppy you're getting is healthy? TDS readers share answers to these questions and more for new dog owners.

Adding a Dog to Your Family

Gary Foreman

It is wise to consider pet care costs before you make an emotional commitment to a pet. Too many families do it the other way around and find that they're unable to afford a pet that they've grown to love. Hopefully, you'll be able to add the necessary expenses to your existing budget, but if not, it's better to know that now before your family grows to love a dog that they'll have to give up.

The Lifetime Cost of Adopting a Dog

Wojciech Kulicki

Did you consider the total lifetime cost of adopting a dog when you adopted that cute little puppy at the pet store or shelter? Here are some tips for accurately predicting lifetime petcare costs.

4 Ways to Save on Pet Ownership


If you yearn to add a pet to your family, you may be astonished at how expensive it is to own and care for a little Fido or Fluffy. While there are some expenses you can't avoid -- such as medical emergencies or chewed-up shoes -- there are ways to cut costs if you're ready for pet ownership. Here are four ways to tap free or discounted resources to help you find and care for a furry friend without breaking the bank.

Adding a Pet to Your Family

My Story - contributed by JD

Before you decide to add a pet to your family, there are a few things you should consider. First thing to consider is who will care for the animal? The next major consideration is time. If you have a home looking for a pet, do the math and the research. You'll find just the right new "family member" waiting for you.

Pet Adoption

Linda Shapero

Many families are considering purchasing pets this season. There are several reasons to consider a shelter animal. Before you head off to the shelter to pick out your pet, here are a few things for you to think about.

Finding the Perfect Family Pet

Elizabeth Girard

Want the bargain of a lifetime? For just a few dollars, you can save a life and get a devoted, loyal companion who would like nothing more than to follow you around and bask in your glory! Owning a dog is an amazing experience that can be made even more satisfying by the knowledge that you saved an animal's life. Good luck with finding your perfect pet!

Buying a Puppy?

Ian White

So you've decided to buy a puppy? Dogs can bring joy, laughter, love, loyalty, protection and companionship into your life. However, there are a few things you need to be aware of before you choose the puppy you wish to bring into your home. Use this checklist to ensure you purchase the puppy that's right for you.

You Can't Buy Love, Or Can You?

Emily Lambert

You are seriously considering it -- adding another member to your family. A furry one with four legs, devoted eyes and a tail wagging in delight. Adding a pet to your humble abode is a big decision, not to be taken lightly. Choosing a breed that fits into your lifestyle is of utmost importance.

Canine Costs

TDS Reader Contributors

"We are considering getting a dog for our family. We know that we would love it and care for it, but would like to know what sort of financial commitment we would be making. Can anyone tell me approximately how much to budget per month for food, vet visits, kennel costs, and any other expenses we might not know about?"

Frugal Pet Ownership Part I: Are You Sure You Want a Pet?

Nancy Volkers

Some people consider owning a pet to be a luxury. After all, you have to pay for food, litter, veterinary care and "sundries" (brushes, leashes, toys), all for something that is not a need. The most frugal option might be not to have pets at all! But the benefits of owning a pet can outweigh the costs. Pets offer companionship, love, and protection, and that makes them worth it.

Soap Box Time: A Rant About Pet Shops

Ruth Dawn Lewallen

A pet shop in a large mall must pay a large rent just to stay open. Any puppy they sell has a 50% mark up. The breeder gets a minimum 50% mark up on the puppy. Add to this shipping and so on and the puppy is lucky if 15% of the purchase price has been spent on him. If you want a purebred dog, save yourself a whole lot of money and find a better deal from a breeder.

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

Ruth Dawn Lewallen

When you get a dog you can spend as little or as much as you want, but what you spend to get that animal will be only the smallest part of the cost of having a pet. How much you will spend at the vet's office is one thing to consider. Another is how much will feeding cost? Don't forget grooming. The answer to these and many more questions is key preparation.

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