Money Saving Tips for Pet Owners #1

If you’re a pet owner, this statement won’t surprise you; pet care is expensive. According to the American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, more than $50 billion was spent on U.S. pets in 2011. With 62 percent of U.S. households including a pet, this equals 72.9 million homes or more than $685 spent per pet-owning family. Given the still troubling state of the economy, it’s a safe bet that many of these pet owners would have benefited from pet care money saving tips. For all those folks looking for ways to trim pet care expenses without sacrificing your furry companion’s quality of life, I’ll be writing a brief series with money saving tips.

Consider these two ideas:

1. Buy in bulk.
Americans spent more than $19 billion on pet food in 2011. The easiest way to trim your pet’s food cost is to buy larger quantities. The “per unit” cost is often lower when larger bags, boxes or quantities of cans are purchased. Sign up for a membership card at your pet food retailer, such as Petsmart or Petco, for even bigger discounts. Have a friend with a pet that eats the same food? Split the bill and save even more!

2. Clip coupons.
Remember those Petsmart and Petco membership cards? Not only do they get you discounted prices on store items, but you’ll also receive coupons by direct mail and email that can be used in store or online. Websites such as doggiecoupon.com and couponcabin.com aggregate coupons and coupon codes from around the Internet, so you’ll often find discounts pet food, treats and supplies. Amazon.com is a great source of discount pet products as well.

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Julie Perkins

About Julie Perkins

A self-professed "crazy cat lady" and slave to three furry masters, Julie loves all things fuzzy. Throughout her life, she has been owned by cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, fish and even a hermit crab. A freelance writer who has perfected the fine art of typing with one hand (because there is a cat on top of the other one), she lives in Colorado with her husband and a menagerie of critters.

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