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Save money on dog food

Updated on June 15, 2010

Slash your dog food costs

As a frugal family every few months I carefully go through our household budget and look at ways we can save money and make our money stretch that little bit further. We have a number of family pets - two faithful canine companions Molly and Egor, a hamster called Mr Mysterio and Dave the fish. Our dogs being the largest of the animals naturally eat the most and consequently cost the most to feed, but it was only recently that I sat down and worked exactly how much their food was eating in to the family finances.

Molly and Egor had always been fed twice a day with tinned dog food mixed with dog meal. I bought Asda's own brand canned dog food in packs of 12 which averaged out at 41p per can of dog meat and the value dog mixer at £1.54 for a 4kg bag. The dogs were averaging 3 cans of food a day and 2 - 3 bags of dog mixer a month which I calculated worked out at £504.39 a year or £42.03 a month. Now £42 a month may not sound a vast amount but I was determined to reduce this and I have by nearly £400 a year reducing our doggy food spend to under £10 a month. And the good news is that I am going to share with you how I've done it so you can too. The savings you make will depend on the size of your dog and the size of his appetite.

Top tips to cut your dogs food bill

  1. Let people know you have a dog or dogs.This is the easiest way to cut your dog food bill because it is free although it won't drastically reduce your dogs food costs. Having a dog and walking your pet on a daily basis is a very sociable activity plus it's very visual advertising that you are a dog owner. You get to chat to other dog owners and people are more likely to interract with somebody with a dog than a stranger on their own. I'm not sure why a person with a dog seems more approachable but this has always been my experience. By letting people know I am a dog owner I have been given dog food when other people's dogs have passed on and they no longer have any use for the dog food. I have also received free donations of dog food at my local corner shop because it has arrived minus it's label and legally they can not sell it. The only drawback to this tip is that the dog food you receive may not be your four legged friend's preferred brand and you will never receive an endless free supply.
  2. Ditch the tinned dog food. Our dogs especially Molly who can be a fussy eater had never been keen on dried or complete dog food. I'd tried them both on a number of different brands with varying degrees of success in the past and then I discovered Waggs Complete specifically the beef and vegetable variety which contains no added colourings or flavourings. Complete or dried dog food is supplied in recyclable plastic sacks and a 15kg sack roughly equates to 30 days worth of tinned dog food and mixer. Complete dry food is also easier to store and feeding time is less messy for all concerned.
  3. Shop around for the best price. Once you have found a brand of dog food you and your dogs are happy with shop around to get the best deal. I made this in to a competition with my 15 year old son driving around pet food stores, supermarkets and hardware stores with a pet food section checking where had the best deal on 15 kilo sacks of Waggs. We also compared prices at various cash back sites including Internet Cashback (factoring in the cost of petrol to drive to collect the dog food against delivery charges) to discover the best doggy food deal. Remember to look out for special offers & coupons to ensure you are getting your dog food for the best price possible.
  4. Buy in bulk. When you have found the most competitive price available buy in bulk. Dried dog food will typically keep for over a year so if you have the space stock up! The best price we found for Waggs when doing our price comparison game was at Asda where it was on special offer at £7 and as I had a money off coupon I managed to get it for even less.
  5. Make your own. Dog treats cost a fortune even if you buy them in bulk so why not make your own at home? There are plenty of recipes at Hub Pages and home made doggy treats can be especially useful if your dog has special dietary requirements.


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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Good suggestions, useful one, thanks