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Cheap Saltwater Aquariums

TDS Reader Solutions

"I really want to own a saltwater aquarium. I have had different aquariums since childhood and love it. Having a saltwater aquarium has always been a dream for me. However, I am shocked by the cost of setting up and maintaining one. I wondered if other readers have found any ways to cut the costs."

Recycled Birds

Nick Howes

Getting free birds is no fly-by-night idea. It's very practical and low-risk. The only risk is the cost of newspaper classified advertising. I've referred specifically to birds, but this concept, it seems to me, can easily be applied to other types of pets you might want. There are no guarantees, but you never know.

The Goods on Goldfish

Stephanie Olsen

Goldfish are popular starter pets for children and a good parental choice when it comes to budget and time considerations. You should take note that goldfish can grow to be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches and may live for as long as 10 years. You and your child will not only have fun but will learn together while caring for your little golden water creature. And I'll bet you'll name her "Goldie"!

Save on Fish Food

TDS Reader Contributors

Are your fish eating you out of house and home? Fish food can be pretty expensive for just a mixture of wheat flour and fish meal. Try these less expensive pet food alternatives for fish, dogs, cats, and more.

Backyard Birdfeeding

Christina Heiska

Attracting birds to your yard can be an educational and fun hobby. Birds are great to watch and they enhance the beauty of any yard with their bright colors and songs. (They will also eat a ton of insects!) I enjoy feeding my backyard wild birds, but know that the price of feeders and seed can cost a small fortune. Here are some ways to save.

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