I took my little peanut to the vet the other day.
Don’t worry — nothing was wrong with her. She was just due for her annual checkup, and a couple of vaccinations.
Each year, we budget for the expense of an annual checkup for both of our dogs. Some people choose to spread this expense out over multiple appointments throughout the year, to balance out the bills.
We prefer to save up and take care of everything at once, with one large vet bill.
But overall, it’s less stressful for the dogs to only go to the vet once per year, and get everything out of the way.
So as the receptionist presents me with this super-painful piece of paper itemizing each individual charge and service that is rendered, I get to thinking.
There are two ways one can logistically approach this, in order to save on vet bills:
- Budget for the entire expense, knowing each year we will have to pay (at least) this amount for each dog.
- Find ways to reduce expenses and/or supplement what is being paid for these services, to make it a little less agonizing for all involved.
I, for one, choose to engage both of these practices. Because I do want to prepare for the worst.
And more or less have to — since who has an extra $400 just sitting around, begging to be spent?
But I also want to mitigate the amount spent, and only pay what is absolutely necessary.*