How to Save Money on Pet Costs

We love our furry friends — but pet costs are rising along with the cost of living. Here are some ways to save money on pet care.

A puppy and kitten get close together on a sofa.
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Seven out of 10 American households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). And pet costs consume a significant portion of many people's budgets. Dog and cat owners, for example, spend an average of $111 each month on their animals, according to a recent AskVet survey. Some surveys suggest pet costs may be even higher. According to a 2022 Lemonade poll, pet owners spend an average of $276 on their animals each month.

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Daniel Bortz
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Daniel Bortz is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Consumer Reports, Newsweek, and Money magazine, among others.