We Americans dote on our dogs and cats—with cuddles and cash. In fact, on average, each U.S. house-hold spends about $500 per year on pets! You might have your own ways to save, but here you can find strategies to leave $700 or more in your pocket while giving your critters the love and attention they deserve.
Before you head to the vet to pick up your pet’s medications, do some online research and see if you can find them for a lower cost. Check out sites like 1800petmeds.com and print out the prices you find. Then ask your vet to match the price―chances are, he or she will gladly do it. Getting the prescriptions from your vet is a safer choice, as they closely monitor elements like expiration dates. Plus, there are no shipping costs!
How I save: "My dog and two cats needed different doses of the same drug, which would have cost $300 if I ordered online, because I would have had to buy extra. My vet sold me the exact amount, saving me almost $200." —Kim Beeler, 45, Lake Oswego Ore.