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Ways My Dog Saves Me Money

Ways My Dog Saves Me Money

A couple of months ago I shared with you how I easily spend over $1000 per month on my dog. It’s definitely costly. However, I’ve been thinking about some of the ways that my dog actually saves me money. So, I thought I’d share that perspective about being a pet owner today.

My Dog Exercises Me

As I shared before, I send my dog out with walkers during the week. However, I do also walk him myself, during the week and more so on weekends. Plus, we play together a lot at the house. I’m someone who really doesn’t enjoy exercising. So, it’s good for me to have that daily excuse to get moving.

Since I’m exercising with the dog, I don’t have to pay for a gym or yoga studio. Honestly, I’m not a gym person. But, I used to spend money on yoga. Instead, now, my dog absolutely reminds me to just stretch at home because he does it naturally every day.

Health Benefits of Having a Dog

So, I save a little bit of money by walking the dog instead of paying for a fitness center. However, more than I that, I believe I save countless sums because of how much he improves my health. I may or may not pay for a gym or yoga studio if I didn’t have him. I would definitely exercise less, though. He gets me moving daily. He gets my fresh air and sunshine. As a result, I know that I’m healthier. And obviously a healthier body pays less for healthcare.

My Dog Entertains Me

I truly could play with dog all ay long. Just watching him is a delight. He’s funny and silly and loving and adorable. I have so much fun with him. Therefore, I spend less on other forms of entertainment because I have him. I don’t need to go out and spend money for something else to entertain me when I can just spend time with him instead.

My partner and I spend less on dates as a result, too. We take him to dog parks and easily spend hours there. Who wants to pay money to go sit still and watch a movie when we can watch the dog play with new friends instead?

Mental Health Benefits of Having a Dog

I struggle with chronic, recurring depression. Having a dog helps my mental health. The entertainment, the comfort, the daily exchange of love … it all helps me. Depression costs me money in many different ways. Therefore, I save money every time he helps me maintain good mental health.

He’s a Good Excuse Not to Go Out

Okay, I don’t really need an excuse to avoid going to things I don’t want to go to. I’m pretty comfortable with telling my friends no to things. However, sometimes I’m on the fence. Sometimes I’m not sure if I want to do a thing. And it helps to frame it as, “does it sound more fun than hanging out at home with my dog?” If it does, then I go, and it’s usually worth it. If it doesn’t, then I stay home, and I don’t waste that money.

In what ways does your pet save you money?

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