My biggest fear of getting my own dog is not being able to afford it. I am moving out on my own soon, and after mortgage/house related bills, groceries, cellphone and transportation costs, I'll have about $500-700 a month left. I really want to feed raw, but would not have space for a chest freezer, so I'm concerned it would cost a lot. I found a company called Big Country Raw that has premade raw diets for $5 a lb. Is that reasonable/comparable to the cost of DIY raw if not buying meat in bulk? My goal is to keep my monthly dog budget around $200-300. That would have to pay for food, treats, and poop bags, but possibly also cover grooming and an occasional dog walker. Am I totally off base to think $200-300 a month should cover basic dog expenses? Am I forgetting any regular costs? Oh, I already have money in savings, and will continue to put money away for big costs like classes and vetting.