(StatePoint) While pets deserve your love every month of the year, National Pet Month, celebrated in May, is a great time to go the extra mile.

Spoiling your furry friends doesnít have to cost a pretty penny. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering pet care tips for those on a budget.

DIY Grooming

Although it may be tempting to drop your pet off at a professional groomer to be bathed and brushed, you can save a fortune by doing it yourself. Set aside a time each week or month to bathe, brush and pamper your pet. You can even get the kids involved! Your pet will love the extra attention, and you will love the savings.

Watch What They Eat

Itís important to find a food that works for your petís dietary needs and falls within your budget. For great deals, consider shopping at a discount retailer. For example, Dollar General offers exclusive pet food and treats from Forever Pals and EverPet. Both offer a variety of choices at an affordable price that will make both you and your pet happy. They also carry a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, so itís a risk-free trial if you arenít fully satisfied with the products.

You can also save money on pet food by following label instructions on food packaging and not over-feeding pets. With a proper and balanced diet, you can help keep your pet healthier and happier, and spend less in the process.

Quality Time

The most important bond between pets and owners is quality time and love. Spending at least a small part of your day exercising and playing with your pets means the world to them and is a great stress reliever for you. Plus, it doesnít cost a cent to shower your pet with affection!

Smart Shopping

Sometimes the cost of owning and caring for a pet can be stressful when trying to budget for the rest of your family. Instead of shopping for items like treats, flea and tick medication, pet shampoo, leashes and collars at a pet-specific store or your veterinarianís office, consider shopping at Dollar General or online at dollargeneral.com, which has a variety of merchandise for your petsí needs at affordable prices. With more than 11,800 stores nationwide, youíre likely to find a store nearby. You can also visit pinterest.com/mydollargeneral for more helpful tips to celebrate pet month.

With some time, attention and smart budgeting, you can better celebrate National Pet Month.

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