Easy Puppy Budget- Student Budget

I always thought that puppies were too expensive to care for, especially for a college student.

Well I am at my last year of college and just could not wait anymore to get a dog, so I made a budget.

Turns out, it’s totally doable.

I made different budgets with shopping lists to accommodate different incomes

**All underlined words link you to the products at Amazon**


This is The: College Student Budget- AKA Poor and Tired Budget

  1. Food-
    •  Purina ONE Smart Blend is about $21 for 16.5 lbs
    • I, personally give my puppies Pure Balance just because they’re Yorkies and are prone to certain stomach sensitivities it is about $16 for 4lbs
  2. Toys-
    • For tugging they, get something like Mammoth Flossy Chew about $5 and they’ve lasted a long time
    • For chewing, get something like Nylabone which is about $3. I also give them Pedigree Dentastix to keep their teeth healthy, they are about $12 for a month’s worth.

My puppies love my socks and flip-flops when they don’t have anything to chew on. So I got them a couple chew toys each to start with.

3. Carrier: I love the Elite Field Soft Sided carrier it is about $26

4. Food Bowls: if you are tight on money, you can use your own plates and bowls. But dog food bowls aren’t expensive. They range from $5 to  $20 depending on how fancy you want to get.

5. Meds:

  • Heart worm. I use Hartguard which is only sold by a vet.
  • For fleas a common choice is Frontline plus. Make sure you know your dogs weight before choosing a product! 

6. Puppy Pads are +/- depending on how good you are at puppy training. Yorkies are difficult to potty train so I use GOBUDDY puppy pads


All put together~ $100 to start with essentials

Keep in mind some are one time purchases

Food~ $21 (could last 1-4 months depending on your dog size)

Toys~ $20 to start

Carrier~ $26

Food bowls ~$10

Meds- depending on vet could be $30 for 3 months of heartgard and $33 for 3 months of Frontline Plus

**Disclaimer: Every dog is different. These are general suggestions used as a frame of reference based on my experience.


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Hope this helped get a puppy adopted ❤



Fetching Machine|iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs

Lola, unlike her brother, LOVES to fetch

We would throw the ball for 30 minutes and she would not tire. We tire easy though.

Click here to check out this product on Amazon


We looked at many other machines and this fit our budget better than others

Price: $94 with amazon prime about $104 without it

Will post videos and pictures soon!

Check out our instagram @yorkietime




This sums up what flea treatment worked for me

I never had problems with fleas until this month, I’ve always used Front line Plus and it worked well. This month (August) it seem to have stopped working for my Yorkies 😦

I found few fleas few weeks back, gave them a bath and thought: problem solved. NOPE it wasn’t solved!

I asked for recommendations on Instagram and Facebook and got lots of options.

What worked for me is Nexgard, it’s only sold in vet offices as far as I can tell.

Nexgard killed most fleas within 24 hours. I then gave them a bath with Adams Shampoo and sprayed the house with Adams Plus Carpet Spray




Christmas Spirit

Every Christmas my family and I order matching Christmas outfits and take silly pictures 🙂

This is my puppies’ first Christmas. I thought my pups need to feel included. ‘Cause they are family after all!

How CUTE are those dog Christmas outfits ? I want to get them for my puppies and I might get me an elf costume. It’ll be fun family picture! Problem is my puppies ate the last costume I got them 😦

How did your puppies get used to putting on sweaters and costumes?

(PS- click the orange writing above to take you to my favorite costumes on amazon to get ideas for family picture day)

Check how cute Lola looks



Puppies are arguably the CUTEST THING EVER!

So I got TWO before doing much research and I learned a lot from my mistakes.

Here are the mistakes I made that I don’t want you to make:

  • On my way to pick up puppies I realized I did not have a carrier, so I stopped and bought an over priced carrier because I was in a hurry.
  • When I brought my puppies home I put them on the carpet where they instantly went potty 😦
  • I did not have a carpet cleaner so I wiped it off (oh this is a painful memory).

well I can go on but I’m feeling bad about myself now so let’s go to the list already.

PS- Puppies are not cheap and you’ll end up buying way too many toys and things they don’t really need. Have a budget of at least $120 to start off right.

Starter Must Have List:

  • Dog carrier
  • Puppy pads
  • Puppy playpen- big room will overwhelm them and they won’t know where to go potty
  • Carpet cleaner- this is my best friend!
  • Puppy food – of course!
  • Food/ water bowls
  • Puppy treats- I underestimated the need for those, must have for training
  • At least 2 chew toys to start- they need to chew them instead of your shoes

How much does this all add up to? Well I’m a college student so I went with lower prices luckily amazon has all kinds of prices.

Recommendations Below:

(Click orange names to be linked to amazon for prices and more info)
  1. Carrier: a pet car seat carrier can work as both a car seat and a carrier- more for your money!
  2. Puppy Pads: Four Paw Wee Wee and there are some cheaper ones that work just the same. (I buy  as many as I can find cause it’s too cold out at this time of the year)
  3. Puppy Playpen: you don’t NEED this if you have a small room in the house that has tile but I don’t so I bought this white playpen you can buy smaller one if you have small dog I like how the Etna Playpen looks.
  4. Carpet Cleaner:I got a portable Bissle cleaner that’s easy to wash ’cause it’ll end up smelling AWFUL if you don’t clean it daily .
  5. Puppy Food: totally up to you, I like grain free food (they’re not birds) so I started with blue buffalo when they got older I got them Pure Balance.
  6. Food/ Water bowl: up to your preference but the Neater Feeder is good ’cause puppies are messy eaters at first and this keeps the food from going everywhere.
  7. Puppy treats: I use soft treats like VetDogs and usually split them in half, half for each one of my puppies.
  8. Chew toys: There are SO MANY OPTIONS but I stick with affordable ones that last long like Xentyl, they’ve been tugging on these for 6 months now. (video in other posts) might want a chew bone too so it keeps your puppy busy.

Comment to ask any specifics this is a starter kit of the MUST HAVES, your needs might be a bit different depending on size & age of your new puppy and if you decide to make them outdoor or indoor only pets.

My two puppies:

If you prefer a video, here’s a link to my youtube video: