What are some ways I can stretch my dog food budget without sacrificing quality of food?FamilyPet
Especially now, in this age of long-term unemployment and underemployment, it’s necessary to find creative ways to save money on dog food—without scrimping on quality, health and wellbeing.
Some of these tactics include:
• TURN SHOPPING FOR YOUR DOG INTO A PAID JOB
Large, national chain pet stores, veterinarian hospitals, and groomers routinely use mystery shoppers to evaluate their services. You can get reimbursed not only for premium dog food, treats, chew toys, and assorted pet supplies at pet superstores, but also for things like vaccinations and grooming.
NOTE: there are many mystery shopping, aka secret shopper, scams out there. Shespeaks.com provides recommendations to find legitimate opportunities and avoid the scams.
• MONITOR WEBSITES
We’re not just talking coupons here. Major dog food and treat brands routinely provide free samples and full pet food bag rebates on their company websites. These special promotions are often done in partnership with celebrities and non-profit causes—and often include full rebates and freebies. Make sure you monitor several websites, though, because the promotions are usually exclusive to specific social media venues.
• MONITOR STORES
Some pet food stores give away free quality pet food and treat samples. You may have to ask if any promotions are going on, however, because they usually keep the “freebies” hidden under counters.
• STORE CARDS
Some pet stores give their customers membership cards. These not only alert you to discounts and other promotions, but they also help the store maintain customer loyalty. Also look at places like Sam’s Clubs, Costco and BJ’s.
• PREPARE HOME-COOKED MEALS
• Many swear by this, because it’s not only healthy, fresh and tasty for your pet, but it can also be easy on the wallet. NOTE: Just be sure to run this by your veterinarian to be sure you include the proper nutrient ratios.
• STOCK UP ON MEAT WHEN IT’S ON SALE
You don’t want to scrimp on quality, but dogs will eat just about anything so stock up on discount deals for venison, lamb, organ meats or gizzards. You may not want to eat them, but your dog will.