Guest post: If you’re a pet owner who lives in multiple states, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to keep your pet healthy and happy. In this blog post, Emotional Pet Support will discuss best practices for handling multi-state living arrangements when you own more than one home and a pet. We’ll cover topics such as purchasing auto, health, and pet insurance in whatever state is cheaper, reducing your monthly expenses, buying vet-reviewed pet supplies, and more.
Purchasing Auto, Health, and Pet Insurance
One of the first things you need to do when living in multiple states is to purchase car and health insurance policies in the cheapest state. This will help you save money each month on your insurance premiums. You can compare rates on various websites or speak with an insurance agent to get the best deal. Keep in mind that if you have a pet, you’ll need to purchase pet insurance as well.
Reducing Your Monthly Expenses
There are a few ways to reduce expenses while living in multiple states. One way is to consolidate your bills so that you only have one monthly payment instead of multiple payments. Another way is to cut back on unnecessary expenses such as eating out or purchasing new clothes every month. Finally, be sure to utilize discounts and coupons whenever possible!
Buying Vet-Reviewed Pet Supplies
Another important thing to remember when living in multiple states with a pet is to buy top-notch pet supplies for both homes. Use veterinarian review sites to ensure your pet has everything they need in both locations. You can find supplies online or at your local pet store.
Keep a supply of dry food, wet food, treats, and water bowls. Here are some other supplies to consider:
- A first-aid supply kit (e.g., gauze pads, bandages, hydrogen peroxide, etc.)
Stock Up for Yourself
You’ll also want to consider anything you and your family might need in an emergency. Store plenty of non-perishables, frozen foods, filtered water, toiletries, clothes, and other essentials in your homes.
While you’re at it, consider taking a few hours on the weekends to prepare meals. Batch cooking can save you ample time and money in a couple of ways:
- Buying ingredients in bulk is much cheaper than buying them in individual sizes.
- You’ll have nutritious meals and snacks ready to go during the week. All you have to do is grab them from the fridge (and maybe heat them up)!
Learning the Living Costs in Different Cities
Lastly, you’ll want to know what to expect when it comes to the costs of living in various cities, including where you live and any areas you might travel to. Here are some examples:
- The average self-storage unit in Los Angeles, CA runs $139.19 per month. There are a number of available units; you just have to use the right websites!
- A typical meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant in Manhattan, New York costs about $120.
- The cost of living in San Francisco, CA is quite high, with the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment being $4,265 per month.
- A routine veterinarian visit in Honolulu, HI costs $112.
- You can expect to pay about $3.49 per shirt for dry cleaning in Chicago, IL.
If you live in multiple states and own a pet (or pets), there are some essential things to keep in mind to ensure your furry friend can flourish. From purchasing insurance in the cheapest state to stocking up on food and supplies at both homes, following these tips will help ensure that your pet is healthy and happy no matter where you are. And don’t forget to keep up with the living costs of any place you’re going!
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