Whether you’re getting ready for your new pet or shopping for the one you have, it’s easy to see that it costs quite a bit to take care of our furry friends, but you can always save money.
We love to spoil our dog, Darla with love and fun. She brings us so much happiness and we enjoy surprising her with toys and accessories as much as we can. Dogs and cats require not only food but also treats, bowls, beds, shampoo, leashes and lots of toys! There are plenty of tactics we employ to save money when purchasing her favorite things.
Here are some ways to save money when shopping for your pet:
1. Shop the Deals
When thinking of stopping in-store, going to a boutique works if we’re in a pinch and really need something important – like food – right away. We used to go to the local pet boutique all the time to purchase Darla’s food, but quickly learned that it was so much more inexpensive to purchase food and other goods in bigger chain stores like Petsmart or Petco. These stores usually put on great promotions throughout the year and have lots of sales.
We then began shopping online since it was easier – most online stores offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount of money. Of course, you can still shop at those Petco and Petsmart’s websites, but it’s worth it to also check out other sites like Chewy (chewy.com). They also have various deals and offer free shipping one to two day if you spend over a certain amount. We can personally attest to that claim – we have placed orders and the next morning they have been on our doorstep! They also have an Autoship option, and if you sign up for your first auto shipment, you can get a discount. They sell products for all pets (including horses!) and have a very wide variety.
2. Buy in Bulk
We used to purchase our dog’s food in smaller bags, but quickly learned that it costs a lot less to purchase food in 60-lb bags instead of 25-lb bags. It also saves us a lot of time and gas money going back and forth to the store to get refills.
We have bought toys in bulk since we’ve had our beloved dog. During the holiday season, stores usually run promotions and sales on toys and other items for your pet. We buy a lot of toys for Darla, and it’s worth it to stock up during this time and give them to her throughout the year. We also use this strategy when giving gifts to other pets in our family for the holidays and save a lot of money by doing so.
3. Get Your Goods at Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls!
Bigger pet accessories – like beds – can be expensive at the regular pet-related chain stores, so we’ve had a lot of success heading into discount stores, like Homegoods. Some stores have entire aisles dedicated to just pet beds, while others have piles for toys, bowls, treat canisters, and many other accessories. The cost of these items is significantly less than pet stores, so it’s worth the trip.
4. Pamper Your Pooch
If you have a four-legged furry friend, they need to be bathed and groomed monthly – at least! You can definitely keep the cost down by bathing your pet yourself. If you don’t have the proper facilities, certain Petco stores have do-it-yourself dog wash stations for a minimal cost.
You can also groom your pet on your own, but it’s very stressful for some pet owners to do so. You don’t want to be taking your lovable pooch to the vet because of a grooming accident if you’re inexperienced, so it’s best to leave it to the experts. Grooming can be costly, but if you don’t take your dog too often than necessary, it won’t be too much. We take Darla once a month and she smells great, but it all depends on your dog. Check at your local groomer or on Petsmart or Petco’s websites to see their deals before you book.
Did these tips work for you? Let us know in the comments!