We love our dogs, but the cost of food, trash bags, treats, toys, and the many other items we like to spoil them with can definitely get expensive. The proof is in the statistics: the US pet industry will hit $109.6 billion by the end of this year. Dog owners can expect to contribute about $1,380 per year to this figure, not including veterinary costs.
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Luckily, there are ways to keep your pet happy without breaking your budget. Pet owners can bookmark these money-saving tips to cut costs without having to stop adoring your dog.
Make your own dog food
This is especially good advice if your dog has a sensitive stomach. Homemade recipes are helpful because you know exactly what’s in them and can monitor your dog’s reaction to specific ingredients.
Plus, the recommended ingredients are super cheap items you can buy on your next trip to the grocery store. Think rice, carrots, beans, chicken, and lean ground turkey. Your vet can always advise you on what and how to cook for your dog, or there are plenty of resources online that are full of recipes your pup will love. You can even search for treat recipes, which are super easy and inexpensive to make so you can effortlessly jazz up your dog’s menu.
Buy in bulk
If you can, buy the bigger bag of food rather than filling the smaller bag every month. You’ll save more in the long run and won’t have to go back to the pet store to refill. It’s fine if you have more than one dog too, as you tend to eat a lot of food, so you’ll be safe for a while if you buy a big bag or two.
If you have a Costco subscription, not only can you easily buy dog food in bulk, but you can also stock up on your dog’s favorite treats for less than you would pay at the pet store.
Sites like Petco, PetSmart, PetFlow, and Chewy offer a discount if you choose to have certain items automatically shipped via a subscription. You can do this for food, treats, and trash bags so you never have to remember to buy them again while you’re at the store. You can always update the frequency or cancel completely without any penalty.
Use apps to get cashback
You could earn a few dollars every time you buy something for your dog. Look for apps like Ibotta and Drop to get cash back on pet food purchases that you can redeem for a gift card once you reach a certain amount.
Fetch Rewards is also a great app for getting money back on purchases. How it works is that every time you download your receipt from one of their partner stores, you get money in your account. You can redeem the money for gift cards, including one for Petco, to save even more money the next time you’re shopping for your dog.
Save money online with browser extensions
Browser extensions are handy because they let you know when you can get money back or save money automatically when shopping online. Extensions like BeFrugal, Rakuten, and Capital One Shopping will let you know when you can get cash back on a purchase like dog food or accessories.
Capital One Shopping will even let you know when you can get a better deal on another website. The extension will also apply promotional codes that will save you money. Honey, another browser extension, also works by applying promo codes to help reduce the cost of your dog transport (and all your other transport, for that matter).
Look for coupons
Finding coupons for dog essentials has never been easier. Sites like Coupon Sherpa, RetailMeNot, and SmartSource let you search for what you need and see if there are any deals, coupons, or promo codes you can apply that day. Another tip is to check with your dog’s food manufacturer to see if they offer coupons on their own website.
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