Most of us these days are looking for ways to save. Whether at the gas pump, the grocery store or the pet store we are looking for EASY and PAINLESS ways to save. I often get caught up in the moment and run in to pick up a bag of food and come away with more toys, many which are only a variation on a toy we already have. Often the new toy is the same old toy but more “seasonal.” Who can resist those sweet pastel colored toys that begin to pop up in spring?
- Prepare a list before going in and plan to stick with it.
- Have proper storage for larger quantities.
- Take advantage of those sales and buy in larger quantities and store properly.
- Sign up for “frequent buyer” programs which will reward you with discounts, coupons or points. Most stores have programs of this sort including those that are locally owned.
- Look for stores that have a “matching price” policy. In that way you may be able to shop closer to home and save on gas as well.
- Weekly sales fliers are available online these days as well as in the Sunday paper.
- Search online for coupon codes and printable coupons.
- Manufacturer coupons are available in Sunday papers and online. Just Google “coupons” and you will find many sites.
- Feed stores often have lower prices on some brands of food and supplies such as flea and tick products, shampoos and chew toys. They often don’t offer the range of products you might find elsewhere, but this can also help you stick to basics and not be tempted by the “seasonal” toys, such as squeaker toys in the shape of reindeer.
Since toys are often hugely overpriced for the amount of time Fido may actually play with them before disemboweling, choose carefully. Better yet, consider making your own from empty water bottles, paper towel rolls and other items easily available. Put some toys up and out of sight. When next you brings them out, your dog will be just as excited as he was the first time he saw it!
What is your best money-saving idea?