Tips for Owning a Pet When You Live in Multiple States

Many people have the joy of living between two different residences in two different states and it can be a wonderful experience. One thing that can make it a bit more complicated is owning a pet, but it can be done, you just need to do your research.
Here at DOGPAK, we love to see people have fun with their pets, so we have some tips for how you can experience that same joy while living in multiple states.

Compare Prices Between States

It is a wise idea to do your research ahead of time so that you can take advantage of the fact that you have homes in two different states because you can often get a better price on services depending on where you live. For instance, if you spend half of your time in Florida and the other end in Illinois, then research to see where registering your car or buying auto insurance is cheaper and then purchase what you need there.

The same goes for buying insurance for your pets, as the costs will differ per state. For
instance, in Texas, the average premium is about $50, while the same type of coverage can
cost you closer to $75. So go for the more affordable option and you can have confidence that your pet is happy and healthy.

Keep Pet Products in Both Residences

You can also ensure that your pets are well supported by having the items that they depend on the most kept at each residence. So, both houses should have your pet’s water bowl, harness, cat trees, crates, and beds, and anything else you might need in storage so they can be accessed easily when you arrive. By having the items at each house, you can have confidence that you always have what you need, and you won’t have to purchase new items if you forget to bring something along.
When purchasing items, it is a good idea to look online and read customer reviews so you know that you are getting the best product for the price. If possible, you should also check out reviews that have been posted by veterinarians, as they know what your pet really needs.

Take Care of Your Human Needs as Well

Now that your pets are happy, you also need to find ways to save money so you can pay your
house payments as well as for gas and travel between your homes. One way that you can do
that is to cancel your cable plan and instead invest in the streaming services that host the
shows and movies that you watch the most. Even if you have all of the streaming services, they will still cost less than a cable bill. Plus, you can load up your shows from anywhere, even on your laptop or smartphone.
When it comes to food, consider purchasing a lot of deep-frozen or non-perishable food that you can keep stored at each home for a long time and won’t go bad. Canned foods are great in this regard, as are dried fruits and vegetables and coffee and tea. By having the foods you actually like, you can be sure that you will have something to eat when you get to the other house and you won’t have to buy a lot of expensive groceries every time.

Know the Average Costs for Storage Units, Health Insurance, and More

The point is that you need to conduct deep research on each state that you reside in because each will have its own costs that you will want to consider.
For example:
● Denver Storage Units - It is a good idea to store some extra belongings in a storage unit so it is there when you need them. When searching for Denver storage units, look
online. You can find a 5x5 unit for under $100, while a larger 10x10 unit could be closer
to $200.
● Health Insurance in Nevada - If you reside near Las Vegas, your average insurance
premium will be around $475.
● Grocery Bills in New York - On average, residents of the big city spend $5,352 on food
each year.

● Car Insurance in Virginia - Typically, a car insurance premium will be about $1000 in
Virginia.
● Veterinary care in Florida - If you live in Florida, you will likely spend about $1,300
annually for vet care.
As you can see, with a little research, you can live in several states and still save a bunch of
money in the process. Look at rates, get a storage locker, and buy extra pet supplies, and you will be in good shape. 

*Article by Sheila Johnson: Now that self-care is a daily priority, Sheila spends time with friends, goes on weekly dates with her husband, takes yoga classes, practices meditation, and hits the gym.

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