Pet products are a booming business, with everything from rain gear to exercise balls designed to make Fido’s life more fun, functional and fashionable. While many of these are excellent buys, they may not fit your budget. Fortunately, supplies for your canine don’t have to empty your bank account. For many basic needs, you can mindfully use items you already have and save your hard-earned bones. The more you save, the more you can sock away for your future pet-friendly getaways!
Posted by Jessica Roberts
1. Spare Bed Sheets or Old Blankets
A spare sheet set is the creative pet accessory you didn’t know you needed. Lay a flat sheet on your pooch's bed as a slipcover to make laundry day easier, or place a fitted sheet over your couch or favorite chair to reduce the risk of dirty paw stains or furry furniture. Old sheets and blankets can even be cut up and braided into tug toys for dogs! So hold onto those linens when it’s time to retire them from your bed; this useful household item might save you money in the long run.
2. White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Anyone who has ever made DIY cleaning products (or an erupting volcano science project) knows that the two most important ingredients are likely already in your pantry: white vinegar and baking soda. These household staples are inexpensive and versatile, last a long time and can be purchased in bulk. Vinegar works as a natural disinfectant -- simply mix 1 part vinegar with water and you have a pet-friendly cleaner for countertops, tables and cabinets. Baking soda cleans and deodorizes naturally, and isn’t harmful to your pup unless consumed in large quantities. Mix the two together to neutralize the acid in urine and to remove stains and smells. Or sprinkle a little baking soda on your dog’s bedding before washing to help eliminate odors.
Here’s another time-tested hack: use Tupperware to meal-prep your dog’s kibble for the week. Storing his food in these containers makes it simple to just open and serve Fido’s meals while making sure he’s getting the right amount every time. If you need to stock up for the whole month, you don’t have to collect a month’s worth of Tupperware. Just portion out his individual meals in sandwich bags to make mealtimes a no-brainer. This practice also makes it easy to see how many days of dog food you have left. You don’t want to accidentally run out when you might not be able to swing by the pet store as usual.
4. Reusable Shopping Bag
A reusable tote bag is as pragmatic as it gets. It makes for a perfect-size storing case to keep all of your pet’s supplies together. It can also work as a day bag to carry snacks if you’re on a walk together, take home your carryout from a local restaurant, cart your groceries or, in a pinch, even double as a carrier for small dogs.
5. Bath Towels
Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to budgeting, and old towels are the most multi-purpose pet item in your house. They’re great for wiping paws, lining crates, cleaning up messes, and drying Fido off after a walk in the rain. They can also double as a mat under food and water bowls.
6. Mason Jars
Whether you think they’re a hipster essential or just a throw-back to the good ole’ days, mason jars are indisputably useful for pet supplies. Did you bake up some healthy homemade treats for your hungry hound to save some dough? Keep them fresh in a mason jar! Or, use one to mix a batch of homemade dog shampoo for your dirty doggy’s bath. And mason jars are perfect vessels for stretching those creative muscles with a canine craft project at home.
What are your favorite everyday items to use as pet supplies? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!
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