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How do you save money while indulging your pets?

A few months ago, I officially became a “co-pet parent” to a long-haired miniature dachshund. Although his protective nature and territorial ways can lead to a lot of barking (sometimes I’m sure he barks simply when the wind blows), overall, he’s very well-behaved. It’s hard to resist the temptation to spoil him.

Whenever I’m at the grocery store or stopping by the pet store for necessities, I can’t help but wander down the toy aisle to see what small treat I can buy for him. Usually I stop myself from actually purchasing — he has plenty of toys as it is, and most of them are quite worn. But occasionally, when I find something the right size (and, let me be honest, the right amount of quirky — these are dog toys after all), I can’t help but indulge the little guy. It’s all worth the excitement he shows when he hears the sound of a new squeak.

Although some toys are on the pricy side, I’ve found good luck with cheaper options at the local grocery store. In fact, two of those have remained (relatively) in tact far longer than more expensive toys I bought him early on.

Are you a pet parent? How do you save money on toys and other treats?

Audience Development Editor at The Penny Hoarder

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