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How to Save Money on Dog Treats

Updated on November 27, 2011

In this economy our family has cut corners upon corners, but there are few things we refuse to compromise on, especially when it comes to our pets. They love us unconditionally, so I refuse to give them half-rate treats that cost next to nothing that will only fill them up with empty calories and jeopardize their good health. Saving money on dog treats has become an art form, and I'm happy to share some of our success stories with you here.

  1. Make your own.
    With ingredients from your local grocery store you can bake up a batch of dog treats that are quite similar to people cookies! In fact, these treats are perfectly safe to share with your dog. Ingredients like whole wheat flour, oatmeal, honey, and peanut butter make them healthy for humans as they are for dogs!
  2. Butcher shop bones.
    My dogs absolutely love when I visit the butcher shop, because they know I'm going to emerge with a large soup bone just for them. They'll spend hours gnawing the hard exterior and slurping out the marrow from the middle of the bone. In the summertime, I freeze them, which leads me to my next tip.
  3. Frozen ice cube treats.
    Don't buy overpriced treats like Frosty Paws! One of my dogs' favorite summertime treats -- oh heck, they love it any time, really -- is an ice cube. Sometimes though, I freeze chicken stock, beef stock, or even hot dog water, then give the frozen cubes to the dogs. It's healthy for them, and something they really enjoy.
  4. Doggy jerky treats.
    A family member was going to toss out a food dehydrator that was still in perfectly good working condition. I've never once used it for people but have made plenty of meat jerky for the dogs. They are enjoyed by our dogs, and dogs owned by our friends and neighbors. Making them yourself allows you to monitor salt and other spices that could prove unhealthy for your canine.

Things like the above suggestions not only save on your grocery bill, but they are also healthy options for giving treats to your canine friends. Good luck, and I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions!


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    Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    I have made my own dog treats on occasion. They love them. And I like knowing exactly what went in to them. Great tips, thanks!