Animal bedding, as many animal lovers have probably figured out, can take a huge chunk out of your wallet as time goes by. Please stray from buying any wood-based bedding, even though they are significantly cheaper; it can harm the health of your pet in numerous ways (http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/guineapigs/a/woodshavings.htm).
Zac and I use old newspaper (made of soy ink only, which most newspaper companies use) and very thin cardboard (make sure no ink is printed on it). These are both cheap, if not free.
You’re going to need your newspaper/cardboard, a paper shredder, and possibly some scissors. If your paper shredder cuts the paper in more than one direction, then you’re all set! Just cut the newspaper/cardboard into strips, then shred it, and you’re good to go. If you’re like us and have a cheap paper shredder, shred what you can of your newspaper/cardboard and then cut the rest with scissors into about 2-3” strips (keep them longer for gerbils to help them nest easier). Make sure to change your animal bedding about once a week. Although it takes a little time, your wallet will sure thank you.
When you’re done, your shredded newspaper/cardboard should look something like this (except maybe without your cat trying to help!):
Have more questions about animal bedding? Don’t hesitate to ask!