Puppies. They’re our cute, little, fluffy friends that some of us can’t live without! Having to tend to one as a teenager can be a bit tricky. Here’s how my sister was able to afford a puppy, Apolo!
About two weeks ago, my younger sister, Valerie, got a puppy for her 14th birthday. She absolutely loves having her very own puppy. However, she has also realized how much time and effort she has to put in for the little guy. She told me, “After mom and dad told me I had to pay for him myself, I realized they weren’t cheap.
Puppies aren’t cheap.
She is 100% correct. They aren’t cheap at all! My parents made a deal with her that she can keep him as long as she pays for him, walks him, bathes him, and plays with him. At first she was a little scared about paying for him, but she began brainstorming and got some really nice ideas!
What is needed?
First she decided to write down ways for her to make money to buy him food, treats, and toys. She also realized that she would need to get him a bed for when he got bigger and also some dog shampoo. She started with just one month and wrote down everything she would need in that month for her puppy. Then she went on the Walmart website and got the prices of each item. After adding everything up she realized she would need about $75.
Brainstorming ways to make money
Valerie had about $30 already saved up, but she still needed $45. Now, she started brainstorming ways to get that money. In the meantime, she decided to go ahead and use the $30 she already had for the items she absolutely needed. She got food for her puppy along with some good smelling shampoo and some training pads.
After about of week of figuring out what she could do to make money, she decided to go to her parents and present a deal with them. She asked if she could wash both their parents cars for them every week and get $10 in total. They decided that this was a good idea. Valerie realized that she would have $40 a month for her puppy! She was pleased with this outcome.
Even though washing cars would give her a good amount to pay for her puppy, she still didn’t have enough. That’s where I stepped in and told her about coupons! In my previous article, I talked about the value of a coupon and just how useful they are. I showed her some of my favorite websites to check out and we printed out a few coupons.
Saving for needed items and care
Now she is saving up to get everything she needs. I asked her is it worth it knowing that if she wouldn’t have the puppy she would have a lot of money for herself and she said, “it’s absolutely worth it! I love my puppy and if I have to give some of my money to make sure the puppy is okay, then I’ll do it.”
When I asked her what her plan was for paying for him monthly she said “I won’t need everything on my list every month, so whatever money I make that I don’t use, I’ll save it for if there’s ever a time when he needs to go to the vet or an unexpected accident happens.”
After talking to her about this, I realized that since having a puppy in her life and care, she has learned how to manage money just a little bit. Yes, having a puppy to take care of is a lot of work and money. In the end, you get learn how to manage money and you also get a best friend!