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Six Easy Ways to Save Money on Pet Supplies

Mar 21, 2008
Pets add so much to our lives. Taking good care of them is important, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Here are six quick ways you can reduce the amount you spend on pet care.

1. Don't go overboard buying your pet treats and toys. While treats and toys are important for you and your pet's enjoyment, they aren't extremely important to their health. What's more important is the time and attention you give them and the quality of food you provide. If you do decide to buy treats and toys, purchase them while they're on sale.

2. Buy in bulk. Buying larger bags of dog food will generally save you quite a bit of money. Not only will the cost per ounce be less, you will also save money by not having to run out to get more dog food quite so often. Don't sacrifice value for convenience. If you buy the smaller bags because you can easily handle them, you are throwing money down the drain. Do a price check for food online at the pet superstores, such as PetsMart and PetCo, as well as niche providers, such as PetFoodDirect.com.

3. If you know your pet needs an upcoming surgery, check to see if there is a teaching hospital nearby. Colleges and universities with veterinarian programs would be a good place to check. Since these teaching hospitals do not always get live patients to train their students with, they often give good price breaks for those who bring in an ailing pet.

4. Watch how your veterinarian gives shots or treats scrapes and cuts. You can probably handle these small wounds and save yourself a good deal of money in the process. You may also want to check the farmer's co-op in your area to see if you can purchase many of the vaccinations required for your pet. These will be much cheaper than the vet will charge.

5. Buying regularly administered medicines or flea treatments online can also help you save money on pet care. If you do not know of a company that provides this service, ask friends that have pets who they use. Look for coupons from websites that specializes in pet medcation and purchase during the site's free shipping promotions. Or stock up during a time when they offer a
coupon for a percentage off your purchase.

6. Many people spend a lot of money grooming their pets. Save money by learning to do this yourself. You can take a class or learn by instructional video. You may find that you enjoy grooming your pet and may decide to try your hand at this as a home business.
About the Author
Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com and Susies-Coupons.com, where she shares the web's best coupons for discount pet supplies including discount pet meds.
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