How to Save Money on Pet Costs

Follow these tips to spend less on food, toys, supplies, grooming and medical care for your pets.

Pet ownership doesn't come cheap. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend just over $500 a year on their pets, on average. Figures from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals put the costs even higher for dogs and cats. The ASPCA estimates that cat owners spend a minimum of $1,035 a year on food, supplies, medical care and other items. Owners of medium-size dogs spend an estimated $1,580 annually.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.