The unconditional love that your dog gives is absolutely priceless. Whether you spend time taking walks, playing at the dog park or just relaxing on the couch, the old adage that a dog is “man’s best friend” certainly seems to be true. However, even the most loving of dogs cost money. From vet visits, to grooming, toys, food and more, paying for dog products can set you back a pretty penny. Here are some tips on how to save money dog and pet supplies.
Several of the major pet store chains offer reward programs to their customers. Customers rack up points for the money they spend in the store. Then, those points are traded for products such as food or toys. To maximize the reward program, shop with your reward card each time you make a purchase. Additionally, always shop at the same pet store chain so you don’t split your points amongst two different chains.
Major pet store chains often send coupons to their customers. If you sign-up for one of their reward programs, you’ll usually automatically receive coupons via email or snail mail. If you aren’t part of their reward programs, visit the website of the pet store chain and sign-up by entering your contact information.
Buy in Bulk
Like with other purchases in life, buying pet products in bulk will save you money. For example, purchasing a small bag of cat food might cost you $1 per ounce. If you opt to purchase a larger bag, then it might only cost you 50 cents per ounce. If you’re worried about dog food or treats becoming stale, then store them in an air-tight plastic bin to seal in the freshness.
Utilize Auction Sites
Auction sites are full of dog products at a discount. Rather than just dealing with one retailer, you’re able to buy from dog product stores throughout the world. Additionally, some items such as dog clothing, dog crates or gates are items that can be re-used. Much like you might shop at a second-hand store for clothing, you can do the same for some dog products.
Tag sales are ripe for picking-up used dog products for cheap. Many times people no longer have the pet or their pet has outgrown what they are selling. Remember that at a tag sale, you have room to negotiate, so if someone is asking $10 for a dog gate, you might be able to get it for $5.
However you choose to shop for dog products, make sure you shop around to find the best prices. Saving a few dollars on each purchase really adds up!