I got this tip from reader, Susan, who discovered that at $45/month per dog, her pet grooming expenses were totalling over $1000 a year! She figured out how to do it herself for less. Here’s what she said:
We have two smaller dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. It costs about $45/dog per month for grooming, that’s almost $1,080 a year for both dogs! My daughter, age 20, and I decided we would do it ourselves and save the money. We read some online dog grooming tips, spent about $10 on supplies that last about 6 months. The dogs are happy, clean and smell great! It takes us about 15 minutes per dog once a month – less time than it took to drive back and forth to the groomers and we save the gas money too! That’s a 98% savings just on grooming!
We purchased a large bottle of pet shampoo, and another of conditioner, which we found on a clearance rack at our local Marshall’s for $4.50 each, and then we went to the local dollarstore and picked up the nail clippers for $1.00! Even if we don’t do as great a job as a professional groomer would, we are still saving a huge amount of money, and I believe we get better at it every month! Plus, even if we decided to let the professionals do it once every 6 months, we are still saving a ton of money!
Thanks Susan! Don’t forget, I’m always looking for great money saving tips, so be sure to share yours!
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