Pet owners today should have the practical sense to think about how to save money on pet food.
Everyday, more and more animals are abandoned in various ways ranging from the compassionate to the truly heartless. Although, you may be among those who would rather starve themselves than give up on your cute and furry little friend, the price of such a kind-hearted gesture can very easily take its toll on your sanity if you don’t think it through carefully.
Following is a list of things you can do to significantly decrease the amount of money you spend on feeding your pet.
The Art of Bulk Buying
Check if your local pet store provides a discount for bulk buying. Most stores do, and some will even let you purchase at staggeringly low wholesale prices. This does not mean you should start bulk feeding your furry companion, of course.
It is important to pay attention to the expiration date on the package when buying pet food in bulk. Never buy more than your pet can chew, or that would defeat the whole purpose of discounted prices.
National pet food chains such as Petco Pals and PetSmart offer rewards programs exclusively to their members. The benefits of signing up for membership to these places is that you can accumulate store credits, which can be used for significant discounts later, get immediate discounts on particular food items, and be informed immediately if your pet’s favorite brand is on sale at a discounted price.
When you consider ways on how to save money on pet food, checking out the generic brands should be high up on your priority list.
There are some low-priced generic names that can go head to head with their more expensive counterparts when it comes to nutritional value. This can get tricky, so aside from carefully reading labels, you should also ask around for other pet owners’ opinions on whether these brands are worth the savings or not.
It wouldn’t hurt to ask assistance from the vet or your store manager either.
Hunt For Coupons
Pet food coupons often litter newspaper inserts, well-known coupon website pages and famous social media hang-outs. Some food manufacturers often offer discount coupons themselves on their own online retail pages, or as surprise loot inside their pet food bags.
Home-made Pet Chow
Still busting your brains out thinking of ways to cut down on pet food cost? You can never go wrong doing it the old–fashioned way—make one yourself.
This does not only cut down on the money you spend on your pet’s chow, but also gives you the control over what your pet should and should not eat.
Remember that major changes to a pet’s diet should be introduced gradually so as not to mess his bowels up. Get a vet’s professional advice to ensure that you are giving your furry friend all the nutrition he needs with every meal.
These are some of the more practical tips on how to save money on pet food. Try them out to see which ones work best for you and your furry friend.