We’re trying to overhaul our budget and reduce spending. We are wondering how to save money on our pet food? Any tips?Budget-Conscious in Brooksmith
Did you know that consumers will spend about $21.3 billion on pet food this year, according to the American Pet Products Association? Pet food expenses are a big part of pet ownership and can make or break your grocery budget. Here are a few tips for getting the most bang out of your pet-food-budget-buck.
Follow your favorite brand: Name-brand pet food companies often post coupons on social media and via their websites. If you have a favorite brand of pet food, follow them online and take advantage of their offers and promotions.
Subscribe and Save: Websites like Amazon often have better deals if you sign up for subscription services, where you get your pet food delivered on a regular basis. This can often save you a decent amount of money, but you must be diligent about monitoring how much food you have and how much you need to avoid ending up paying for more food than your pet can eat.
Boutique vs. Grocery store brands: If you’re a devoted “boutique-brand” pet food feeder, it might not hurt to do some research into alternative brands that are less expensive and readily available in your grocery store. Unless your pet has special medical needs, you might be able to find a brand that works for your pet at a better price.
Make your own: Whipping up a freshly-cooked meal for your pet can offer up some savings, especially if the pet has an allergy or other medical condition. Specialty foods for dogs with medical needs can be more expensive than others. Before switching to a cooked diet, consult with a veterinarian or pet nutritionist to make sure that you can provide your pet with all of the nutrients that it needs.
Remember this: feeding your pets a healthy diet will save you money in vet bills in the far and near future. It’s not worth the risk of putting your pet’s health in jeopardy to save a few bucks a week at the grocery store. Be sure to do your research and consult your vet on more budget-friendly alternatives for your pet’s food. Also, if you decide to change the brand of food that you’re currently feeding your pet, make the change gradually so that you don’t upset your pet’s digestive system.
How you can help:
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