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5 Ways to Save Money on Pet Food and Supplies

By Lea Jaratz

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Pet ownership is one of the greatest joys in life. But, if we’re being honest, pet care costs can add up.  Pet food, litter, supplies, and medications can put a dent in your budget. Of course our pets are worth it, but why spend more if you don’t have to?  There are lots of ways to save money on pet food and supplies, so you can spend it on other stuff... like pet toys.

Here are a few of our budget-friendly ways to save money on pet food and supplies for your cat or dog.

Buy in Bulk

This can be especially helpful if you have more than one pet, but buying your pet’s food, treats or litter in bulk or at a club store can save you cash, as well as time since you’ll shop less frequently. If you can safely store a 35-pound bag of kibble that costs only slightly more than the 20-pound bag, you’ll come out ahead.

Price Compare Pharmacies

Speaking of club stores, some retailers like Costco have pet medications at great savings. If your dog or cat needs medications for a long-term condition, make sure you’re not overpaying. Generics can also be a way to cut costs.

Cash-back Apps

Coupons still come in the mail, sure, but the quickest way to get money back is through cashback or coupon apps. Nearly every popular cashback service has a percentage back at select retailers, but not all are equal, so compare before you buy.

Buy Store Brands

You might be surprised how much you can save by skipping from the name brands to a generic or store brand pet food.  If your pet likes a particular food, do an online search for a store-brand equivalent or ask your vet’s office. It could cut your pet food costs by almost half.

Autoship or Subscription Services

If you’re trying to figure out how to save money on pet food and supplies, auto-ship services are not only convenient but can save you money.  Each has its own perks, so take a look at this comparison of pet food auto-ship services:

Chewy

  • Save 30% off your first auto-ship purchase, with an extra 5% off with auto-ship and save
  • They offer coupons and discounts on different brands
  • Free 1-3 day shipping on orders over $49
  • Set your schedule & cancel anytime

PetFlow

  • Save 15% off your first order, and get $10 off your first 3 orders over $65
  • Save with their exclusive auto-ship promotions
  • Edit orders to include items as you need them
  • Create unique auto-ship subscriptions for different pets
  • Set your schedule & cancel anytime

Petco

  • Autoship is always free on orders over $35
  • PALS Rewards members earn 5% back
  • Set your schedule & cancel anytime
  • Save 15% off your first order, and get $10 off your first 3 orders over $65
  • Save with their exclusive auto-ship promotions
  • Edit orders to include items as you need them
  • Create unique auto-ship subscriptions for different pets
  • Set your schedule & cancel anytime

PetSmart

  • Pause, cancel, or restart auto-ship at anytime
  • Treats program members get exclusive deals & free shipping on orders over $49

The downsides to auto-ship services can be getting items too frequently or not when you need them. Be aware of when you need to modify or cancel an order before the deadline or you’ll get charged. But once you get the hang of it, any of these offers can save you time and money.

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