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How to Save Money on Dog Supplies

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.

The good news is that there are some ways for you to save money on dog supplies if you adopt a pet instead of buying one from a breeder or pet store. You'll hav

Make dog food

The best way to save money on your furry friend's supplies is to make them yourself.

  • Make dog food at home. The ingredients for homemade dog food are cheap and there are many recipes online. You can buy (or get gifted) a dehydrator, which will keep your pet's food from spoiling quickly. This is especially helpful if you're making large batches of homemade dog treats or snacks for training purposes!
  • Make dog treats at home. Your pup will love these crunchy little morsels, but you'll love not having to spend money on store-bought ones! You can customize them based on what your pet likes best–and they'll be healthier too since they won't contain any preservatives or artificial colors like most store-bought treats do..
  • Make shampoo and conditioner at home instead of buying it from the store; this way you won't have any harsh chemicals or added fragrances rubbing into your pup's skin while he/she enjoys a bath in the tub with mommy or daddy ;) No need for fancy shampoos either: just mix two cups water with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar (which also helps treat fleas). Then add about half cup baking soda (great for exfoliating!) And lastly add 1 teaspoon olive oil - this softens their fur so much better than regular shampoo does :) Again - no need for fancy stuff here either! Just grab some old bottles out of kitchen cabinet that had previously contained salad dressing; fill them up with mixture above :) Whisk together until dissolved then pour over pet

Shop at secondhand stores

When it comes to buying dog supplies, many people like to shop at secondhand stores. Not only can you find great quality items at a fraction of the cost of new, but there are plenty of things that your pup can use. Things like leashes, collars and toys are often available for pennies on the dollar when compared with what you'd pay for new versions at big box pet stores or specialty retailers.

Adopt not shop

If you're thinking about getting a dog, consider adopting one from your local shelter or animal rescue. You can save money and help save a life at the same time! There are many benefits to adopting rather than buying:

  • Adopting saves you money. A dog from a shelter is less expensive than one from a breeder or pet store. In addition, some shelters offer spay/neuter services for free or low cost.
  • You'll be able to choose the right dog for you. When adopting, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the dog that interests you before making your decision. This way, there won't be any surprises later on down the road when it comes time for training!

If possible, try visiting with each potential animal first so that everyone gets along well together before making plans together as a family unit."

Buy in bulk

  • Save Money.
  • Save Time.
  • Save Space.
  • Save Energy.
  • Save the Planet (and perhaps a few puppies).
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Groom your dog yourself

Grooming your dog yourself can be a fun bonding experience and save you money. But how exactly do you go about it? Luckily, there are plenty of resources online to help you with all the different grooming activities.

  • Bathing your dog is easiest if you have a bathtub or large sink available, but an outdoors hose will work in a pinch. The key is to use warm water and shampoo that’s meant for dogs—you should never use human shampoo on a dog because it can cause irritation or allergic reactions in their skin.
  • Brushing takes time but pays off with healthier fur and fewer knots later down the line. Look for brushes designed specifically for dogs with thick coats like poodles (which are notoriously hard-to-brush), Labs, German Shepherds, Huskies and more!
  • Trimming nails should be done regularly so they don’t get long enough to hurt your pup when he walks on hard surfaces like tile floors; trimming them too short will only make things worse by causing bleeding instead of preventing damage from happening later on down the line when they start digging into wood etcetera – so make sure not cut too much off at once! You may also want consider investing in some clippers if possible since these can cut through thick nails quicker than scissors would take longer (and require more effort).

Dog supplies are expensive, but there are ways to keep the costs down.

Dog supplies are expensive, but there are ways to keep the costs down.

  • Make your own dog food. It's easy to make your own dog food at home, and you'll know exactly what goes into it. Plus, you can customize the ingredients according to your dog's needs for good nutrition and health.
  • Shop secondhand stores for leashes, collars and toys (many people get rid of their old stuff when they get a new puppy). You'll find lots of great bargains this way!
  • Adopt a rescue animal instead of buying from a breeder or pet store–you’ll save money as well as helping shelter animals find homes!


If you’re like us and want to save money on dog supplies, then try some of these tips. We think there are a lot of great ways to save money on dog supplies, and we hope that you find one that works for yo


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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