These Are the Best Places to Score Savings on Dog Food
It's time to stop spending more on your dog's dinner than you do on your own.
Having a pet is expensive. According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent a total of $69.5 billion on their pets in 2017, with pet food specifically accounting for $29 billion of that total. But just because our furry friends require a lot of treats and TLC doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank tending to their needs. If you know where to shop, then it’s actually easy to purchase all of your pet’s products without dipping into your savings. Keep reading to discover some of the best places for cheap dog food.
Of course, Amazon Prime members already know that they can buy dog food on Amazon and get it delivered to their door sans shipping fees. But the online retailer also offers a special “Subscribe & Save” feature that shoppers can use to schedule recurring deliveries and receive a 5 to 10 percent discount on every auto-delivery sent. Knowing how often your dog wolfs down his dinners, you can save and be sure you never run out of Fido’s food again.
Chewy, the online pet supply retailer owned by PetSmart, is every frugal pet owner’s dream—and it’s not hard to see why. With daily product deals, auto-ship discounts, and free shipping on most orders, the e-commerce site is basically giving pet products away!
When Canine Journal put various dog food delivery services to the test, they found that PetFlow was the best for “commercial brand pet food at affordable prices.” Plus, you can feel good about every purchase you make at PetFlow because the company donates a bowl of food to an animal in need for every order received.
Target has unbeatable deals in every department, and the pet aisle is no exception. If you set up your pet food order to ship automatically every month, then you can even get free shipping and save 5 percent on each order (plus an additional 5 percent if you use a REDcard).
Surprisingly enough, canines and humans alike love Costco’s bargain brand dog food. “We switched our dog from Taste of the Wild to the Costco brand and she absolutely loves it,” writes one Reddit user. Even DogFoodAdvisor gave the line of dog food a solid 4 out of 5 stars, so you can trust that this brand will both satiate your pooch and give her the nutrients she needs.
Tractor Supply Company
Don’t let the name fool you. Though they do primarily sell farming supplies—yes, including tractors—the nationwide chain also has a vast selection of dog food sold at competitive prices. And if you don’t want to schlep to the store, you can buy what you need online with free shipping on orders over $49.
Walmart’s offerings might be cheaper than name brands, but that isn’t to say that their quality suffers. “I used to feed Science Diet & Iams to my retrievers, but due to a relocation, was unable to get these at a reasonable price. So I checked the ingredients of Wal-Mart’s Old Roy Lamb & Rice is the closest match. My dogs, who are fussy eaters, love it and the price is right,” notes The Dollar Stretcher. “I also used to make my own and for the time/price, it’s hard to beat.”
Similar to Chewy, EntirelyPets.com is an online retailer that caters, well, entirely to pets. According to their website, the company’s aim is to offer “a wide selection of pet products at unbeatable prices,” and these products come in both name-brand and generic forms alike. On the Better Business Bureau website, customers rave about the company’s “great prices,” “great service,” and “large selection.”
Boxed is an online wholesaler that offers discounted items in bulk. However, whereas Costco and Sam’s Club require memberships to shop, anyone can go onto Boxed.com and make a purchase. On the site, you can save as much as 40 percent on pet products like chicken jerky fillets, dental treats, and kibble. And for more advice that will help you be a smarter shopper, don’t miss these 27 Online Shopping Secrets So Good You’ll Want to Keep Them to Yourself.
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