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My children and I have recently had the joy of being adopted by the kitten you see above. We have named it Nails since it would always chew on the nails in the front yard. (Nails was a stray). We have chosen to allow Nails into our home recently.

As you know pets are not a cheap thing to have around. They need shots, regular vet visits, food, water, etc. Since I am EXTREMELY frugal I started searching for ways that a NEW pet owner and couponer can save money and still have the needed items for a pet. My problem was I had given away all of my pet food coupons so I was starting out with NO coupons.

The first thing I needed was cat litter. I started searching the internet for printable cat litter coupons and I can across one that was still active:

Tidy Cat $1/1 ANY one, ANY size cat litter  <—a small bag was $1.97 at Wal-Mart so this was not that bad.

I then needed cat food and cat treats. I found these coupons:

$3 off ANY one, ANY size Purina Pro Plan Cat Food (Excluding trial and UTH varieties) and Buy One Get One FREE Purina Pro Plan Wet Food

I was then able to purchase a small litter box, food bowl, flea color and a little toy for the cat for very inexpensive.  My total investment in a new pet was less than $10.  Not bad.

Since I am a responsible pet owner I have also called the local Humane Society and have scheduled an appointment to get my cat its shots, rabies shot and fixed.  It is only going to cost me $40 for all that at the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic.

The bottom line is you can adopt a pet and not spend an arm and a leg caring for it.  If the kitten was very expensive we would not have been able to allow it to adopt us.  We are now keeping our eyes open for pet food coupons since I know with coupons we can get free or cheap cat food and treats!

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