Tips To Save On Pet Food
Americans spend over a billion on their pets and food. Like most pet owners, I know that purchasing pet food can really take a bite out of my budget, especially if you are feeding your pet a premium and all natural food.
In past years, consumer experts have encouraged pet owners to save money by purchasing pet food in bulk, by using store circulars to capture weekly deals, by clipping coupons from the Sunday paper or by joining retailer clubs to take advantage of scheduled sales, by signing–up for e-newsletters which can contain coupons and by visiting manufacturers websites to score coupons.
Although I do many of these things to save money on pet food, I also implement these cost savings strategies:
Better Diets Make Fuller Wallets
Many of us believe that pets are what they eat. As a result, we feed our fur-kids premium diets which have higher concentration of quality animal protein (chicken, fish, lamb and/or beef) with a controlled amount of fat, calories and minerals. Unfortunately, these brands cost more. But, by feeding a better quality food, we feed our pets smaller portions of food, all while keeping him or her fuller. Moreover, due to our purchase of a better diet, we save money because we are buying less bags of pet food per year.
Healthier Pets Means Less Veterinary Expenses
If you feed your pet the appropriate serving size meal the bag of pet food will last longer and your pet will not be overweight. Like humans, overweight pets are subject to ailments like diabetes, arthritis, digestive disorders, decreased stamina, heat intolerance, respiratory problems, increased blood pressure and heart disease. Furthermore, treating pets with these ailments can cost big bucks!
Visit sites like coupons.com; couponmom.com; couponcabin.com; retailmenot.com; and smartsource.com for printable pet food coupons. Also, consider downloading a mobile app like Coupon Clipper or Coupon Sherpa that also offer pet food savings.
Employee Discount Plans
Are you a member of an employee discount plan that is part of your larger work-life compensation package? These days, many employee discount programs grant workers access to exclusive offerings from local and regional pet vendors. Don’t wait and take advantage of pet food savings.
Get Cash Back
Do you have a credit card that offers cash back savings? If you do, use it to buy pet food. The more you spend, the more rewards will be returned to you. Just make sure you can pay your bill in full at the end of the month to make the savings really count.
Don’t Waste Gas
Many pet owners wait until the food runs out to buy more. Don’t waste gas for a single trip to the food store. Use gas saving strategies: Run all errands in a similar location and make it one trip to reduce your fuel cost. This might take some planning, but you will see a substantial gas savings over the cost of the year.
By using these cost saving strategies, you will be able to save money on pet food, treats and more.
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