Are the costs of reptile supplies beginning to shock you? When you first bought a baby reptile the costs were probably very low, but as they grow the cost of food can begin to skyrocket. Finding the best prices is important to help save your budget.
Saving money on reptile supplies
As you start trying to save money on reptile supplies you must be very cautious to not reduce quality at the same time. The biggest cost of supplies normally comes from the food, especially if your reptile requires live food.
The most common place we go to buy the food is back to the same pet store we bought our reptile in. They may be offering you a great price, or they may be making the majority of their profit on supplies not on the sale of the reptiles themselves. Your starting point for saving money is to start shopping around at other pet stores and at the large pet supply centers. Often you can cut 10 to 25 percent from your feeding bills just by shopping around.
Secret tip for finding low-cost reptile food
Do you want to know a real secret of finding low-cost food for your reptiles? Do not only check at pet stores, check at fishing bait shops too. Often these bait shops have the same mice, fish, worms, and insects but at much lower prices. They do not think of their items as specialty reptile food just as bait.
Raise food on your own
The best way to really save money on reptile supplies, especially food is to raise your own. You can find starter kits for raising mealworms, crickets, and many other types of common foods for your reptiles. It does not take much work to grow your own live food depending on what food your reptile requires.
Find the best deals online
The most important place you should be checking prices on all your reptile supplies is online. You will discover prices are often highly discounted compared to local stores. Make sure you factor in the cost of shipping before ordering. If you do order online consider your needs for several weeks or even months. You can reduce your overall cost by ordering in higher quantities and only paying one shipping fee.
Ask other reptile owners for their best tips
The one thing you should always be doing about your supplies is visiting with other reptile owners. They are hunting for bargains, too. Some of them may have already started raising food and are offering it for sale to the reptile community at great prices. Other people will have found bargains you may never run across and will tell you where to save money.
Why you should avoid low-quality food
The biggest thing you must avoid is buying products which are not of high quality. Supplements, food, and other reptile supplies must be of the best quality to ensure the health of our pets. If we risk the health of our pets we end up paying more in the long run. One visit to the vet or one reptile dying is much more expensive than saving a few dollars here and there.