Remember to Budget for Boarding or Pet Sitting Costs
It might not be much of a concern if you’re working from home, but as more and more workers are being hustled back into the office, it’s important to remember to budget for the boarding or pet sitting costs you may incur. Keep in mind that going back to work in person will also impact your budget, so you’ll need to plan carefully to also cover the added costs of boarding or pet sitting services. Is your pet extra clingy or especially energetic? You might need to pay for dog walking services while you’re at work. Even if you’re working from home, there may be instances where you will need to attend in person or situations where pets are not allowed. Unless you have reliable, low-cost, or free help from family or friends, using a pet sitting or boarding service is an expense you should be prepared for.
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Trim Back Your Budget for Grooming Costs
Don’t underestimate the importance of including grooming costs as you’re getting your budget ready for a new pet. Some pets or breeds will need more grooming than others, and it’s worth considering that as you make your choice. While it might seem like an indulgence, if you’re a newer or less experienced pet owner, trimming your cat’s luxurious fur coat or your puppy’s nails might be a bit intimidating. Professional grooming services can take a bite out of your budget — about $50 to $250 depending on the breed and size of your pet. Cats usually only need bathing or grooming twice a year, if at all, while dogs may need it every four to six weeks. Nail trims can range from $10 to $35 per visit. Having a plan in place for these costs will help you keep your budget balanced and your pet looking and feeling their best.
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