C hris Welch and Lisa Bollins have two pets: Jeff the cat, who has been deaf since he was born eight years ago, plus Severus, a five-year-old snake.
The couple from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire have been keeping costs down, mainly by bulk-buying their pet food.
They buy Kirkland Signature cat meals for Shaun from Costco for £25 for the 11. 35kg bag compared with £31. 40 from Amazon. Well-known cat foods brands such as Royal Canin or Hill’s Science Plan work out at about £5 per kg if you buy them in bulk online.
They purchase Dreamies kitty treats within bulk at Costco for 84p a packet, compared with £1. 20 at Sainsbury’s or 95p at Lidl.
Lisa Bollins and Chris Welch buy frozen rats in bulk for their pet snake, Severus
COURTESY OF LISA BOLLINS AND CHRIS WELCH
They buy Severus’ food — frozen rodents — in bulk too.