What are some tips/tricks you have found to help save money in the hobby? Especially those of you that have larger collections, I would love to hear your input.
When I first jumped in years back, I fell sucker to purchasing so many “reptile specific” items that have a huge markup. Fast forward and I’m well aware that these things are not only unnecessary but a hindrance to a growing collection if you have to throw so much capital into the little things. Just a few notable changes that have helped me:
-Using PVC end caps of various sizes for water bowls for new babies instead of buying an expensive “reptile specific” bowl that looks like a rock
-Sourcing fake plants from craft stores (no heavy dye, glitter etc.) rather than any pet store.
-Making hides from repurposed containers instead of purchasing premade hides
Doesn’t have to be specifically related to setting up an enclosure, but those are a few notable ones that came to mind. Please drop any advice within the hobby that you’ve found helpful to your pocket book over the years.