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How to Save Money on Kitty Litter

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Try a new brand or new type

One way you can save money on kitty litter is by trying a new brand or type of litter. There are many different types of cat litters out there, so it’s worth thinking about trying something new. For example:

  • Try a clumping cat litter made from recycled materials. This kind of litter does not have harmful chemicals in it and is often less expensive than traditional clay or crystal litters.
  • Try an all-natural or organic option instead of the typical clay or crystal variety that most cats use during their daily potty routine. These natural alternatives tend to be made from things like activated charcoal and baking soda, so they don’t contain any harmful chemicals either! Additionally, they often come in larger bags—so if you go through a lot of kitty litter each month then this might be your best bet in terms of saving money on your purchase price as well as keeping costs down overall throughout every year since these types usually last longer than traditional options do (and thus require fewer refills).

Make your own litter out of newspaper strips.

If you're looking for a cheap, easy way to keep your cat happy and healthy, try making your own kitty litter out of newspaper strips. Not only does this method save money over buying commercial cat litter, it also helps reduce waste by recycling materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.

You can use shredded paper or old newspapers to make homemade kitty litter. The size of the pieces should be no larger than 1/2 inch wide so they will be small enough to flush down the toilet when you've cleaned them out each time you change out the box's contents. Line the bottom of your cat's box with these materials before adding any other kind of filler (such as clay pellets), then cover again with an equal amount of clay pellets as usual after each cleaning cycle (every day or so).

Make your own litter out of shredded clay.

If you are willing to spend a little time, clay litter can be made at home and the cost savings are substantial. Here's how:

  • Take a piece of clay and gently heat it in a microwave or over a stovetop until it becomes malleable.
  • Roll out the clay so that it is flat and then use cookie cutters to make shapes from the clay such as stars, hearts or triangles.
  • Bake them in an oven on low heat for about 15 minutes (or until they turn brown). Let cool completely before breaking up into smaller pieces with your hands or cutting knife.
  • Put these new homemade baked litter pellets into your kitty's box instead of using store-bought clumping cat litter!

Buy in bulk.

You can save money on kitty litter by buying in bulk. But don't buy too much! You'll run out of room to store it all, and you'll end up wasting money on a large amount that you never use. And don't buy too little either; otherwise, you won't be able to keep up with the amount of waste your cat produces. There's also a balance between buying often enough that you don't have to keep going back to the store all the time, but not so often that things get stale or lost in storage before they're used up.

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Wash the box; use less litter.

If you wash your cat's litter box on a weekly basis, you can use about three quarters of the litter that many people use. And because most cats prefer to dig in soft dirt and clay over hard-packed sand, it’s also important to use a small amount of litter so there isn't too much mud for them to delve into. Scooping often will also help your kitty feel more at home in her space as well as ensure she doesn't get sick from bacteria build up or clumps that are too large for her digestive system.

There are many ways to save money on kitty litter, from making your own to buying in bulk from a warehouse store.

While it can be tempting to buy the cheapest kitty litter you can find at the grocery store, there are ways to save money on kitty litter. You could make your own or buy in bulk from a warehouse store.

There is no one way to save money on cat litter—you just have to keep your eye out for deals and sales, which can vary widely depending on where you live and what type of store you shop at. Some stores run promotions for free bags of cat food or other types of pet supplies during certain times of the year, like during back-to-school shopping season when parents might be more likely than usual to buy pet supplies for their kids’ new pets. Also look out for coupons that are available online, such as those found through sites like RetailMeNot!


If you have a cat, it’s probably safe to say that you know all too well the cost of kitty litter. There are so many different types on the market and each one comes with its own set of pros and cons. It can be overwhelming trying to choose which one is right for your household; however, by following our tips above, you’ll be able to save money on kitty litter no matter what kind you use!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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