As the days pass, more and more products in the market continue to have sky rocketing prices. Incomes often continue to stay the same and there is nothing that can be done but stretch the budget and plan wisely on the next purchases.
However, no matter how they are carefully planned, there are still things that could catch us with our pants down. There are things that cannot be sacrificed, especially the basic necessities. Those who have pets in the house, such as a dog or two or even more, continue to spend a large amount of money on dog food alone. While we cannot sacrifice on that aspect and opt for the cheaper alternatives to save on money – lest the dog gets sick because of substandard quality food, leading to even more expenses – there are still a few ways in which one can save money on dog food.
Read on to find out on ways on how to save money on dog food.
Gather your food scraps and leftovers
You do not have to feed your dog purely on dog food – you could instead add a few of your dinner leftovers, which can also be healthy for them. Choose the food you add in to their bowl, however, and avoid “junk” ones such as fries or pizza crust. Add in bits and pieces of fish, chicken or beef as well as vegetables to their food bowl. Eggs are also a great addition as they contain protein and could also help improve your dog’s coat.
You can also save more money if you avoid purchasing dog treats and nibbles, which can be quite costly. When training or playing with your dog, you can use scrap meat from your dinner leftovers to reward them. It really does not matter how big or small your treats are, what matters is that you actually award them for a job well done.
Check out your local pet store for rewards
If you have been visiting your local pet store several times already and have purchased a few things on each visit as well, then it may be best that you apply for a membership in their club or loyalty or rewards program. Most stores offer freebies on top of your purchases if you have already spent a certain amount of money to buy their products.
Compare prices among stores
Not all stores offer similar products at the same prices. Take some time to check out all the local stores that sell dog food around your neighborhood and see which one offers the lowest price. Some stores also offer more discounts than the others so be sure to check on that, too. You can save a lot of money on dog food in the long run.
Watch out for sales and promos
Be sure to always be on the lookout for sales and promos in the local stores around your neighborhood, they might just include discounts on dog food. When they do, it would also be best to grab the opportunity and stock up on your supply of dog food. Of course, make sure that it can be consumed before the dog food expires otherwise you could be wasting a lot of money. You could even get wholesale discount if you and your friends or neighbors buy as a group than individually.
Use discount coupons on dog food
Some dog food brands give out discount coupons to their customers. Check out the local newspapers or visit their company website and you just might be lucky enough to get one. Online coupons, however, may only be used through their online stores which could actually help you save more money – you not only get a discount on your purchase but you also save on gas since you do not have to take a trip to the store.
You could also get discount coupons on dog food from the local pet store. See if they have flyers and brochures given out or subscribe to their newsletters for news and updates – they may contain discount coupons as well. If the store has a website, it would also be worth a try to visit it and see if they offer discount coupons there, too.