A recent study showed the average dog owner spends close to $3,000 a year on each dog. I bet many of us spend a lot more than that on our dogs, treating them better than we do ourselves. If that’s you, then you are going to love the following hacks, which will help you save money while still spoiling your dog.
1 – Dilute shampoos
Did you know that almost all dog shampoos/conditioners are made to be diluted? That means you’re throwing money away if you are simply putting it in your hands and directly on the dog. Instead, go to a dollar store, get a pitcher, and start diluting your shampoo and conditioner. It will save you a ton!
2 – Turn old clothes into new beds
Take your old jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc., and rather than throwing them out, turn them into fun dog beds. You can even stuff them with other old clothing for a practically free bed – all you have to pay for is the needle and thread! Watch a how-to video here.
3 – Frequent Buyer Cards
I know, who wants another card? But when it comes to dog products, having membership cards to the places you shop is worth it for the coupons and savings. Also, check with the pet food company that makes your dog’s food– many of them have frequent buyer programs where you can get your 10th bag free, or give you a dollar off amount for every $50 spent. Whatever if it is, it’s worth it since you have to buy dog food, anyway!
4 – Savings Sites
Haven’t heard of Doggyloot or Coupaw yet? Then you are missing out! They have amazing deals on products – often over 50% off regular retail! These sites make it easy to keep your pup nice and spoiled, while keeping your bank account happy, too.
5 – DIY Pill Pockets
This ingenious and simple recipe will save you money on those expensive pockets – especially if you have a dog that needs meds daily. Just take 1 Tablespoon milk, 1 Tablespoon crunchy peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons flour of your choice, and follow the recipe here:
6 – Clean with baking soda and vinegar
Cheaper and safer than chemical cleaners, you can clean up almost any pet mess with this powerful combination that is safe for your family to be around. Plus, it’s a whole lot cheaper!
7 – Gloves and Squeegee for hair removal
Forget spending all your extra money on lint rollers. Rubber gloves and squeegees work great and you only need to purchase once!
8 – Car Insurance
Ever wondered if your dog is covered in the event of a car accident? In most cases, no! However some car insurance companies, such as Progressive, have programs that will cover your dog’s vet bills, which could save you thousands.
9 – Store Food Correctly
Don’t waste money by throwing away old dog food or treats. Keep both in air-tight containers inside your home. Food and treats that get too hot outside or in the garage go bad quickly, and the food is more likely to get bugs or mice if left outside.
10 – Trim nails yourself
It’s not too hard to learn how to trim your own dog’s nails, and it will save you money at the vet or groomer. Ask someone knowledgeable to show you; you will be surprised at how easy it is.
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11 – Free Products
There are many sites out there that will give you free products for writing reviews. While it may take a bit of your time, it’s a great way to get free dog products. PINCHme trades products for reviews, and here’s a whole article on how to score free stuff.
12 – Stretch Out Grooms
If you pay for baths, stretch out the time between grooms to save you money by using waterless shampoo or bath wipes to keep your pup smelling fresh.
13 – Dehydrator
While you do have to pay for the initial dehydrator, after that you can make your dog all kinds of treats at a fraction of the cost. I find that for most treats, it costs me less than half of what they charge at the pet store. I own an Excalibur dehydrator and love it.