You’ve probably seen the posts about how much a dog costs and are wondering how in the world it can save you money, versus costing you an arm and a leg. While it’s true that you’ll have to feed, provide fresh water, and veterinary care for your pet, there are also many benefits of having a dog. You may even save some money by having a dog!
1. You won’t need a burglar alarm or security system. Buy a Pit Bull, Doberman Pincher, or Rottweiler. If someone tries to break into your house and they see Killer standing by the door foaming at the mouth, chances are they aren’t going to break in.
2. Save money on water by letting your dogs pre rinse the dishes. If you use your dishwasher, you probably rinse your dishes before you put them in (unless you are me). If you let your dog lick the plate clean, you will skip that step!
3. You’ll drastically reduce food waste if you share leftovers with your pooch. In my household, when I’ve got some food that I know needs to be eaten before it goes bad (NOT food that is bad- that will cost you more money in vet bills!), I mix it in with my dogs’ food. Of course, it has to be safe for them. Don’t call animal control on me. My dogs now love spinach, carrots, rice, and raw veggies! It’s good for them too.
4. Owning a dog can reduce stress. They can improve your mood, provide emotional support, and encourage you to exercise. Exercise=more endorphins, which in turn makes you even happier. If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.
5. Activities you can do with your dogs normally cost little to no money at all. You can take a visit to a park, go to the lake, go hiking, go for a walk, or even car rides in the country. My dogs enjoy all of those activities immensely!
6. Instead of getting married and having kids, buy a dog. Think of all the money you’ll save over a lifetime! 😉 The true test to see who will love you more- lock your dog in the trunk of your car for an hours and when you open it, your dog is still happy to see you. Wife? Not so much.
Do you have a pet? What money saving benefits have I overlooked?