This is Reagan, our Scottish Terrier:
He’s such a good boy! He’s a cuddly dog, but he sure gets stinky!
Before my “Frugal Awakening,” I happily (and blindly) took him to the Pet Groomer every two months for a wash and a trim. At the fancy groomer, I would pay $75. Then, I thought that was a bit too much, so I started taking him to the PetSmart Groomery to pay $55. Better, but then I started thinking about how much this dog’s fur was costing me. I was spending more on him than on my own hair!
As for his toenails, taking him for the occasional extra long walk on a sidewalk or paved road usually shaves them right down. You could also pick up a cheap toenail trimmer at the pet supply store – just be careful to not cut them too close.
Reagan gets a good brushing (especially the beard) to remove excess fur about every two weeks as well. Here’s the shiny, clean result:
One Year’s Worth of Monthly Baths for Dog ($2.00 for Lavender Baby Shampoo from Aldi x 3)
Twice a Year Trim at Pet Groomer ($55 x 2)
Total Fake-It Cost $116.00
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings $214.00