Your pet is an important member of the family. According to the 2009/ 2010 National Pet Owners Survey, Americans spend more than $45 billion on their pets each year. The same survey found that eight out of 10 dog owners routinely purchase gifts and extras for their four legged friends. How can you show your love and appreciation for your faithful companion without breaking your budget? Check out our coupon guide for pet owners:
Become a member
Your local brick and mortar pet store offers exclusive savings and perks for members. Visit stores in-person or sign up online for free store memberships. Members receive coupons by postal mail and email, and will enjoy the benefits of membership discounts at the checkout.
Check your email
Sign up for monthly email newsletters from your favorite manufacturers and pet food stores and have the savings delivered to your inbox. You’ll be notified regularly of updated coupons and special sales before they happen, guaranteeing you’ll never miss a good deal again.
Shop super stores
Pet stores aren’t the only bargain in town. Super stores, pet food warehouses, discount shops and farm supply stores offer significant discounts on foods, grooming tools, toys and pet bedding. Farm supply stores are also an excellent place to pick up discounted horse, small animal and bird supplies.
Hit the drug stores
Pharmacies and drugstores, like Walgreens, RiteAid and CVS, routinely give out coupons for dog, cat and small animal food and toys. Drugstores are a fantastic place to score big because they also have extensive rebate programs for additional savings. Check weekly flyers and take along your coupons for even more savings.
Go to the source
Pet food manufacturers like Purina display current coupons on their websites that you can download and use as often as you’d like. Bookmark your most used manufacturers, and check back often for updated bargains.
Ask your vet
Veterinarians hand out free samples of foods, treats and supplies to loyal customers, in addition to having a ready supply of coupons on-site.
Check the bag
Serious coupon clippers pay special attention to products advertising in-box coupons. Dog and cat foods purchased in bulk very often contain coupons inside the bag that can be used on your next purchase. Watch for specially marked products and plan ahead to save.
Use the Internet
• Sign up for a membership with Pet Assure (costs range from $59 to $149 per year, depending on the type and number of pets you enroll), and you’ll save 25% at your local veterinarian’s office and up to 50% off at participating merchants for services such as grooming, dog walking and transportation.
• MyPetSavings.com is updated daily and has coupons for all types of pets.
• 1800PetMeds is a trusted, well known supplier of pet medications.
Take your pet to school
Take your pet to a veterinary school instead of a veterinarian, and you can save hundreds of dollars per year. Vets in training perform minor surgeries, administer vaccinations and do routine dental care for less than half the cost.
Go ahead, spoil your pet! By using coupons and store discounts, you can stretch your dollar even further.
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