Considering getting a horse? They are expensive (don't I know it), but there are a few things you can do to save money in the rest of your life that can help you afford horses. Some of these things I actively do, some not so much, but all have been part of my horse affording strategy (and I have 3 horses so it is important to have SOME kind of strategy).
1. Take your lunch to work. If you work outside of your home, bring your lunch with you every day. I can bring an awesome, healthy, filling lunch for about $2.00, but eating out costs a minimum of $6.00 (unless you have fast food, that that is terrible for you). 20 workdays x $4.00. Saved $80.00
2. Avoid/change/modify the coffee habit. If you are buying coffee, make it at home. Starbucks is an expensive habit. You can buy the syrups, grind your own beans, even make an investment in an espresso machine and it won't take long to counter the cost of Starbucks. But if you can avoid it all together, just 3 coffee's a week at $2.00 each adds up. Saved $24.00
3. Buy in bulk, responsibly. Costco is a great saving place, but not when you buy stuff you don't need or won't use. Believe it or not, Costco is not always the least expensive place, but convenient when you need lots of something. For my family, the only thing we used to buy there was meat, but now I buy from a local butcher (who is less expensive for better quality). I have seen plenty of people buy (including myself), things they don't need at places like Costco. Dollars drained at Costco are ones not spent on horses. Saved LOTS, but let's say $50.
4. Sneak your snacks into the movie theatre. Ack. Ok, I said it. I have developed a bad habit of buying popcorn, but the movie theatre doesn't offer any soda that is affine and sugar free, so I bring by own soda and candy bar. 2 movies a month. Saved $10.00
So, now we have saved $164.00. For me that would pay a month of board plus a bag of grain. And that is no April Fools joke.