This is the time of year when many of us have trouble sticking to our budgets. No kidding, right? But today’s post is about a budget WIN. It’s not a huge win, but it’s the type of win that keeps me excited about SAVING MORE and SPENDING LESS.

Longtime readers may remember my dog, Lucy. I’ve written about her before.  I rescued Lucy from a shelter outside Atlanta in February 2011. I was told that she had been abandoned several times, including being left roaming outside a grocery store.

Lucy has had her share of health problems. She is doing okay right now. When it came time to get her shots this year, I looked for a less expensive option compared to her regular vet. I now live in the DC area, where after a quick Google search, I learned there are several low or no-cost places to get vaccinations.

The other day I loaded up Lucy into a Zipcar and headed to the walk-in clinic. It’s open several days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This was perfect for me since I’m an overnight worker. It also gave me peace of mind because the clinic is located in a part of the city that I would not be comfortable going to after dark or without my dog.

Upon arrival, I knocked on the door and a nice woman by the name of Dianne greeted me. So did about 7 barking dogs… I filled out some paperwork and the veterinarian brought Lucy into a room to give her the vaccinations. After that, I went to a counter to pay and leave a donation for the prompt service. The entire process took about 10 to 15 minutes.

Now, let’s talk about the costs. My regular vet charges $85 for a rabies vaccination, $85 for DAPP and $60 for the kennel cough vaccination. That’s a grand total of $230.

This walk-in clinic charges $10 each, so $30 total. That’s a $200 savings! For local readers, I went to the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center in Southeast, which is run by the Washington Humane Society.

Of course, there were some other expenses involved. As I mentioned earlier, I left at donation, which was $10. I also had to pay about $20 for the Zipcar rental, but I had a credit on my account so there was no out-of-pocket cost.

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I couldn’t be more pleased with the care Lucy got at the clinic. I was truly impressed. If you would like to save some money, I encourage you to look into the low-cost options in your area. By the way, it’s not just for vaccinations. One of the clinics in my area offers low-cost wellness exams once a week.

What ways have you been able to save money on pet-related expenses? Share your tips below or on my Facebook page. Please check out my Get Rich Guide for more money-saving tips!

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