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3 Ways to Save Money on Dog Food

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3 Ways to Save Money on Dog Food

Food is one of the most important aspects of a dog’s life, and offering your dog only the best quality dog food is one of the best things you can do for him to live a healthy and long life. Unfortunately good quality always has its price. You might think that it’s impossible to include only high quality products in your dog’s diet on a daily basis, but there are several ways to save money on dog food without cutting down the quality.

1. Cook it yourself

One of the easiest ways to save money on your dog’s food is to make it yourself. Food cooked at home tends to be much better than what’s available at the store. It can also be more cost effective. There are many tasty recipes that are extremely healthy because you can use organic ingredients and avoid any preservatives or artificial flavors. The food made with natural ingredients will offer your dog all that’s best for him; it is highly nutritional and good for his health too. And the price for a serving will be much lower than you might expect. You can save a lot of money if you cook at home for your dog and you will know exactly what is going into his diet.

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If you decide to cook your dog’s food the most important thing you need to consider is food safety. It’s true that dogs have many defenses against parasites and bacteria but that doesn’t mean that they are completely immune to them. Keeping your utensils clean and cooking the ingredients at the right temperatures is very important if you want to kill all the unwanted bacteria. This is very important for puppies and older dogs because they are much more vulnerable than others.

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    2. Buy only in bulk

    Not everyone has the time or aptitude to cook at home. If you are one of them, a great way to save money on dog food is to buy in bulk. Many stores have different promotions and products on sale, especially if you buy in big quantities. That’s why you need to do a little bit of research on the different pet stores and buy what’s convenient for you. It’s also very helpful to have a stockpile of food for your dog in your house because it can save you from the stress of wondering what to feed your dog tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow.

    3. Pay for the ingredients not for the brand

    Last, but not least, in knowing how to save money on dog food is to consider the brand. When shopping for dog food, sometimes the key factor in choosing one brand over another is the price. You might assume that a product with a higher price must be a better quality product when, in reality, you might just be paying more for the brand name and not the ingredients. Always check the labels of the products and compare them with other brands before you decide what you buy. You might be amazed to find products that contain the exact same ingredients, but the price will be higher only because a product is made by a certain brand. Be smart and buy the same quality for the lowest prices!

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    As you can see, it’s not that hard to save money on dog food. All you need is some knowledge and a bit of determination in order to achieve anything you want. There are other ways you can save money on your dog’s food, but the most important thing is to find a way that works the best for you and stick to whatever you find that has the best results for you. This is about your dog and his health, and nothing’s more important than that.

    Featured photo credit: smerikal via flickr.com

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    33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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    In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

    Some easy ways to save money:

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    1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
    2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
    3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
    4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
    5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
    6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
    7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
    8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
    9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
    10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
    11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
    12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
    13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
        a reusable water bottle and refill it.
      • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
      • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
      • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
      • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
      • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
      • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
      • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
      • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
      • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
      • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
      • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
      • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
      • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
      • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
      • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
      • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
      • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
      • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
      • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
      • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

      Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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