In an attempt to change my spending habits I wrote last month about analyzing where my money goes. I’ve decided to devote Wednesdays to specific categories of spending. This week I will analyze my spending on pet expenses. I feel I spend a lot on my two dogs, almost all of it I deem necessary, at least without looking to closely. The following is a list of my yearly expenses for both dogs , along with the average monthly expenses when everything is added up and divided by 12 months. I know I can do better, the trick is trying to change habits and figure out a way of doing the necessities cheaper.
Flea & Tick (2 dogs x 12 months =24 Doses): $272
Soloxine (Medication, 1 dog@ 2 x a day): $56
Heartworm (2 dogs x 12 months =24 Doses): $168
Grooming (Small Dog, $40 x 8 times a year avg):$320
Grooming (Larger Dog $45 x 8 times a year avg): $360
Daycare (1 dog @$25 per day, once a month): $300
Home Again (1 dog’s microchip): $14.99 , the other dog came with a microchip from 24hr Petwatch that has a lifetime fee that I paid rather than yearly.
Food( avg $48 mo): $576
Yearly Vaccines (does not include rabies & license , they get the 3-year and have a year or two to go): $304
Gland Expression (1 dog, every 6-8 weeks): $128
Total for the year: $2499 , Monthly Average $208.25
Wow, that can’t be right! And I used to send the one dog to daycare every week at $100 a month. That was before I adopted the second dog, which looking at the expenses probably still cost me less. So now that I put down the basics of what I spend I need to find cheaper ways of taking care of these dogs. Especially, since they both need dental work at a minimum of $350 each. This is eye-opening and still doesn’t include the treats and toys I sporadically purchase. So? What am I going to cut?
Find out later this week!