Well, sometimes things tempt that love. Food prices can be one of them. After all, fifty dollars on a single bag of dog food can be a lot of money. Here are some great ways to save money so Fido can enjoy his favorite brands without hurting your household budget.
1. Deals from the Manufacturer
Some of the best incentives come directly from the manufacturer. Visit company websites to look for online printable coupons and rebate offers. Also, join their mailing list so you can receive coupons and free samples through email and regular mail. Be sure to connect with them on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook; some companies offer incentives that can only be claimed through social media.
2. Join Rewards Programs
If you shop at pet supply stores, join their shopper rewards programs. These programs work much like other store loyalty programs offering special card pricing on products and sending you additional coupons and rebate information. Most importantly, many of these programs offer a percentage back for a certain amount of dollars spent.
Also, while you are at the stores look around for company representatives. Smaller pet food companies usually have representatives visit stores and they are always willing to offer additional coupons for their products.
3. Buy in Bulk
If you have a membership to a warehouse store, pet food is an item you can buy in bulk and really save money. It will last due to its long shelf life. Bulk pricing is almost always cheaper per pound than smaller unit pricing. If you combine that with stocking up while on sale or with coupons, the savings can be dramatic.
4. Order Online
Like everything else that you use on a daily basis, you can now buy pet food online and save. Pet food is available through most regular large shopping sites, pet supply store websites, and even online pet food boutique stores. Shopping online represents a savings, but it is also convenient since many offer reduced pricing and free shipping if you sign up for subscription services.
Yes, they actually have pet food subscriptions where you can have the food automatically delivered to you at intervals you chose. Now you not only get a deal, but you never have to think about adding pet food to your shopping list again! Be sure to look through JoeShopping for promotional codes to get additional savings.
5. Clip, Print, and Scan Coupons
Of course, no list of how to save on pet food would be complete without the coupon. Weekly mailers and newspaper circulations are full of pet food coupons; they are one of the few items you can actually find coupons for. Do not stop with just clipping coupons, be mobile and viral! Check JoeShopping’s coupon site, and mobile applications for printable and scan able versions, so you can stock up and use multiple coupons. Try to coordinate using these coupons in conjunction with in-store sales or one of the other methods listed, and your savings will increase.
Guest Author Bio: Elisabeth loves saving for her two furry family members, Oscar and Penny. She also loves morning runs, writing on her blog, and is a regular contributor for http://firsttoknow.com
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