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.
You know a surprise pet pregnancy is going to cost you. But unaltered animals are also more prone to illness, even some types of cancer. What's more, intact males are more likely to run away—which can lead to injury. Veterinarians typically charge about $145 to "fix" a feline and up to $220 for a large dog, but you can find a free or low-cost spay/neuter clinic near you at aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter.