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How to Budget for Your Pet

Based on the breakdown you’ll see in our charts below, pets cost around $560–1,764 a year.

Wowzer. That’s a lot. Kind of makes you paws and think. (See what we did there?) So why do people have pets anyway?

Because you can’t put a price tag on love, some would say. Pets are more than animals. They’re pals. Still, you can put a price tag on them, if we’re being literal. (Litter-al?) It’s just that they’re worth every penny.

Maybe you’re thinking about taking the plunge into pet ownership. There’s a lot to think about, and the puggle is real. Or maybe you already have a pet and you’re trying to figure out how to get man’s best friend into the world’s best budget (our app, of course—EveryDollar). Either way, we’re here to help. We’ve got some stats and info to get your mind and budget pet-ready.

So are you ready? Purrfect. (Yeah. The pet puns aren’t going to stop any time soon.)

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October Challenge: Scare up Some Extra Cash for Halloween

Something wicked this way comes: the tendency to overspend on Halloween. Spooky spending trends are on the rise in America. In fact, those who celebrate the holiday pay an average of around $86 on candy, celebrations, costumes and cards.(1) It’s scary how quickly your money can vanish before your very eyes. But it doesn’t have to.

You can have a fun fright night without financial fears. To keep from raking up bills that will haunt you, try out some of these quick money-saving and money-making tips.

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6 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

6 Creative Ways to Make Extra Money

You’re torn. You’d love to start building up your Christmas fund, paying down debt, or saving for an anniversary trip, but your budget’s already jam-packed.

You don’t want to commit to another full-time job to pump up your income. After all, your free time is precious to you.

But what if you didn’t have to overwork yourself to meet your budgeting goals? What if you didn’t even have to get a traditional second job? Here are six smart ways to make extra money without sacrificing all your down time.

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How to Budget for Big Expenses That Only Happen Once or Twice a Year

How to Budget for Big Expenses That Only Happen Once or Twice a Year

Expenses that only come around once or twice a year have a funny way of sneaking under the radar. You spend time getting your monthly budget just right, then whack! A big expense comes out of nowhere, putting an unwelcome dent in your perfectly polished budget.

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s annual insurance premiums or homeowner’s association (HOA) dues, it’s easy to overlook costs that don’t hit your pocket on a regular basis.

So how do you ward off another sneak attack? Here are a few tips to get you started.

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