Having a pet can definitely be expensive. Don’t let the cost deter you from getting a pet, though.
If you make the right choice, though, you can save money while still enjoying all the benefits of having a pet in your home.
Read on for some tips that will help you find cheap — but cute — pets for your family.
Adorably Awesome Animals for Those on a Budget
Reasons to Get a Pet
There are lots of benefits that you and your family will get to enjoy when you bring a pet home. Some of the greatest benefits include:
- Improved mood and reduced feelings of loneliness
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved immune system and general health
- Fewer allergies in children
- Companionship and support to those with disabilities
Pets also are great for teaching children responsibility.
Your child may even be able to use their pet care skills to earn a new Cub Scout patch. You can see more here about the different patches available for scouts to earn.
The Best Cheap Pets
Okay, you can see that there are lots of benefits that come with having a pet. Now, you’re probably wondering what kind of pet you bring home that won’t break the bank?
Listed below are seven adorable pets that are perfect for someone who’s trying to stick to a strict budget:
As far as cheap pets go, nothing really compares to the humble goldfish. Goldfish are extremely inexpensive. You can get one for between $3 and $15, on average, and their equipment is quite cheap, too.
Even if you want to get fancy and purchase a tank in lieu of a traditional fishbowl, you’ll still only be out about $100, maybe even less.
Goldfish food is highly affordable as well, and they have very low nutritional needs, so one container of food will last you a while.
The only caveat, of course, is that goldfish don’t have very long lifespans, so you may have to foot the bill for a few replacements throughout the year. Since they’re so cheap, though, these replacements won’t take too much out of your wallet.
If you want something a little larger than a goldfish, a guinea pig is a good option to consider.
Guinea pigs are adorable, cuddly pets that are full of personality. They’re best for slightly older children — pre-teens and older — since younger children may have a tendency to be too rough with them.
Guinea pigs cost between $20 and $40 a piece, and their habitat costs about $50-$60 to set up. Most guinea pig owners spend about $30 per month on food and supplies for their guinea pig as well.
If the price of a guinea pig is a bit steep for you, you might want to try a rat instead. Yes, rats aren’t just pests — they can also be pets.
If they are handled often and from a young age, rats can be quite cuddly and make great companion animals. They’re very low-maintenance, too.
For about $40 per year, plus the cost of a cage (roughly $30), you’ll have everything you need to make sure they’re fed, comfortable, and entertained.
The rat itself is quite cheap, too. They usually cost between $10 and $20 a piece.
For those who prefer feathers over fur, a budgerigar is a great choice.
Budgerigars (budgies, for short) are a type of parakeet. They’re highly social and make great companion animals. They’ll perch on your finger, ride around on your shoulder, and even mimic the words you use.
Budgies typically cost between $10 and $35 a piece, so they’re highly affordable pets.
You don’t need too many supplies for them either. A birdcage, bird food, and a few toys will usually set you back less than $100.
If you were intrigued by the idea of a rat or guinea pig but want something a little smaller, a hamster is a good alternative.
Hamsters are adorable, low-maintenance pets that are perfect for budget-conscious folks who don’t have a lot of room in their house or apartment to accommodate a large pet.
Hamsters only cost between $15 and $20, and their cage, toys, and equipment usually cost less than $100 altogether.
Hamsters don’t require a significant time commitment, either, since they usually only live for about two or three years.
As long as you (or your kids) can keep them fed and keep their cage clean, they’ll be good to go. Make sure they have an exercise wheel to run on, too.
If you prefer a larger furry friend, a rabbit is a low-maintenance and easy-to-love option.
Rabbits can actually be a great alternative to a dog or cat. You can even potty train them and let them wander through your house or teach them to walk on a leash.
Most rabbits cost around $25, and their food — which lasts several months — is only about $20 per bag. You can often find low-cost rabbit hutches online, or you can build one yourself for a fun afternoon project.
If you have your heart set on getting a dog but are worried about the cost, you might want to consider a cheap option like a beagle.
Beagles are much more affordable than other dog breeds, and they don’t have a lot of grooming needs. They’re easy to train, too, so you won’t need to worry about paying for a lot of classes.
A beagle will still set you back a couple of hundred dollars initially, but, as far as dogs go, they’re one of the cheapest options on the market.
Learn More About Pet Care
There are so many benefits that come with having a pet, it would be wrong not to even consider bringing one into your home.
As you can also see, there are lots of pets out there that are adorable and don’t cost a fortune.
Keep this list in mind as you begin your search and you’ll have no trouble finding a pet that makes your family smile but also doesn’t break the bank.
Do you need help learning how to care for your new pet properly? If so, head to the Pets section of the site today.
You’ll find all kinds of helpful tips here that will make it easy for you to give your pet the love and care they deserve.