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Owning a pet fills your heart, but can be an absolute drain on your wallet. It doesn’t have to be that way, though; I’m here to show you how you can get discount pet supplies every time you shop.
- Freebies, including pet food, dog potty training pads, and even free PetSmart coupons
- The best ways to save at stores like Chewy, Petco, and PetSmart
- Our best tips for saving on products like cat food, dog food, and cat litter
- DIY tips that can save you anywhere from $5 on toys to hundreds of dollars on grooming
1. Get free pet supplies like dog food, cat food, and potty training pads by completing surveys.
I can’t pass up free food for my best friend. Especially when all you have to do is always answer a few questions from the following companies to get free samples sent your way:
- Fill out a Nature’s Logic survey; you can get a free coupon for a 1-lb bag of dog food or two free cans of cat food.
- PetWay will send you a free dog food sample of your choice after you fill out their survey.
- Once you fill out this Zignature survey, you’ll be able to pick out two of their dog foods to try for free.
And if you’re looking to get some free potty pads for your dog, PetsWorld gives you two free pads for answering some questions about your pet.
Be sure to check out all of the other ways to get pet freebies here.
2. Ask your vet for free pet supplies samples — they usually have tons.
Companies send vet offices free samples all the time for them to try out and recommend to their clients. At my vet, I was able to take home two free cans of Royal Canin canned dog food (reg. $3.39 at Petco).
If you ask for a sample, the front desk will usually be able to find some form of food or treat for your pet. The worst they can do is say no!
See this week’s best dog food deals.
3. If you can’t afford pet supplies, visit your local pet food pantry or animal shelter.
A lot of animal shelters and food banks have programs set up for people who are having trouble affording food for their furry friends, where they give out donated pet food they’ve received.
Where I live, the local pet food pantries open once or twice per month to give away pet food. All you need is a form of ID.
Some shelters advertise this, like at my local humane society where they call it the Pet Food Pantry. Others don’t make it so obvious — you’ll have to give them a call and ask. They’re usually happy to help!
4. Get free treat samples from PetSmart’s Sample Saturdays, which are slowly returning to stores.
From 2018 until 2020, PetSmart always held Sample Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, giving pets free treat samples and pet parents info about new food products.
Sample Saturdays had been a tradition since 2018, but then Covid hit. But I called my local PetSmarts, and word is that they are slowly reintroducing Sample Saturdays to the public, with events starting back up in the summer.
Your local store will have information on Sample Saturdays (and all PetSmart events) here.
Until Sample Saturdays return, use our best PetSmart shopping tips to save on all pet supply purchases.
5. Get three free PetSmart coupons each month by playing a game on the PetSmart app.
It’s so easy to get PetSmart coupons, y’all. Just download the PetSmart app, and play a game called Treat Trail. Every time you complete one of the game’s three difficulty levels, you get a coupon (you can win up to three coupons per month).
Most of the coupons I’ve received save 15% – 25% on all in-store purchases (except services and gift cards). The catch? They don’t work online.
In my experience, the coupons expire after about two weeks, but PetSmart lets you earn a new set of coupons each month. Stack those coupons with our other PetSmart savings tips and watch the savings pile up!
6. You can always save 20% – 35% on Chewy dog toys and cat toys when you shop the daily “Deals Under $10” page.
Chewy runs a slew of daily promotions you can find here. Although most of Chewy’s promos change each day, they always have toys for under $10.
If you’re shopping for a small pet, you should always be able to get toys for under $5. Here are some things we’ve found:
Buy 1 Lamb Chop Plush Cat Toy w/ Catnip (reg. $7.39), $4.99 sale price
Free Shipping on orders over $49
Final Price: $4.99
And for medium or large dog toys, I’ve been able to save 35% on items like this 2-pack of Chuckit! rubber balls (reg. $13.99):
Buy 1 Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball Tough Dog Toy (reg. $13.99), $8.99
Free shipping on orders over $49
Final Price: $8.99
Save on all your Chewy pet supplies purchases with our Chewy shopping guide.
7. Join Petco Pals Rewards to get $5 coupons for every $167 you spend on pet supplies.
Pals members get one $5 Petco coupon for every $167 they spend at Petco — instead of one $5 PetSmart coupon for every $1,000 they spend at PetSmart.
The best part? You can stack these $5 off rewards on top of each other, coupons, and sale prices (as long as it doesn’t bring the total price below $0). Plus, finding the best coupons and sales is easy with our best Petco savings tips.
8. Get the best prices on pet supplies by using price matching at PetSmart and Petco.
Both pet stores allow you to price match identical, non-discounted items from competitors, but each store does it a bit differently.
Petco price matches online prices from Amazon, Chewy, PetSmart, Target, Wag, and Walmart. (But if you shop in stores, Petco won’t match Petco.com prices.)
While PetSmart will price match their own website, they won’t price match Amazon like Petco does. And Chewy doesn’t price match anyone — unlike these 17 major retailers who price match.
9. You have 365 days to return any Chewy pet supplies.
The only thing you can’t return is prescription medications. And Chewy’s 365-day return window is much longer than Petco (30 days) and PetSmart (90 days).
To make a return, simply contact Chewy customer service and select “Other Reason” from the Topic dropdown menu. From there, insert your order number, fill in your email, and submit your request.
In the event you choose to get a refund instead of an exchange, Chewy will refund the original form of payment 3 – 5 business days after your return is processed.
TIP: These stores have the friendliest return policies.
10. The best pet supplies sale is Chewy’s Blue Box sale — 50% off chews, bones, and collars.
Chewy’s Blue Box sale typically runs during the third week of June, and in 2022 it’ll take place June 21-25.
Here’s why you gotta hit this sale. In 2021, Chewy had these deals:
- 50% off Frisco cat collars (reg. $4 – $16)
- 50% off American Journey food and treats
- 50% off all Bones & Chews products
There’s a trend to this sale. All of the best deals were on Chewy’s store brands. If you shop any of those brands, the Blue Box Sale should be a high priority.
And between sales, we’ll teach you how to save money at Chewy.
11. Amazon offers 40% off your first pet food delivery when you use Subscribe & Save.
Each of these stores offers you the ability to automate repeat orders on a schedule that works for you. But Amazon’s the best option, because only Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service promises 40% savings on your first order.
Every order after that will have a 5% discount applied, but if you subscribe to five or more different items, Amazon boosts that discount to 10%. But that initial 40% discount is why Amazon topped our list of the pet food delivery services.
PRO TIP: If you’re looking to save on pet supplies from Amazon, be read our breakdown of the best deals from their first-ever Amazon Pet Day sale.
12. Both Petco and PetSmart offer free same-day delivery on pet supplies.
PetSmart and Petco have teamed up with DoorDash to provide free, same-day delivery.
To get same-day delivery from Petco, your order must be more than $35, and it must be placed before 2 p.m.
At PetSmart, you have until 3 p.m. to place an order and have it delivered the same day, but your order must be over $49.
Of course, as is the case with any DoorDash delivery, you have the option to tip your driver.
13. Save $50 when you buy Chewy Pharmacy’s store-brand flea and tick medicine instead of the name brand.
Chewy has several trademarked brands that you’ll only find on their site.
Although most of Chewy’s exclusive products are priced similarly to name-brand products, Chewy’s flea and tick medicine, Onguard Plus, comes at a serious discount:
Buy 1 Onguard Plus Flea & Tick Spot Treatment for Dogs, 45 – 88 pounds (6 doses), reg $28.49
Free shipping on orders over $49
Final Price: $28.49
Compare to Frontline Plus on Amazon for $77.99
Keep your dog’s fur clean with these DIY dry dog shampoo tips.
14. Get your pet meds from the Chewy Pharmacy and save 20% on your first order.
Unlike other retailers who only offer repeat delivery on pet food or cat litter, Chewy offers repeat delivery on Chewy Pharmacy orders! They’ll take 20% off of your first repeat order of pet meds.
You still get 5% off all repeat orders if you sign up for autoship, though. Here’s how Chewy’s regular prices compare to other pet pharmacies:
- 6-Pack Heartgard Plus from Chewy, reg. $63.99 (compare to Petco at $63.99 and PetMeds at $63.99)
- 3-Pack NexGard Chew from Chewy, reg. $68.99 (compare to Walmart Pet RX at $68.99 and PetMeds at reg. price $98.56)
- 1 Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats from Chewy, reg. $62.98 (compare to PetSmart at $62.99 and Target at $62.99)
15. The best places to buy dry, cheap dog food are Walmart and Target — prices are as low as $0.13/cup.
Never pay more than $0.28/cup for dog food, because you have options that are cheaper, including:
- $0.13/cup: Purina Dog Chow dry food, 48 lbs at Walmart for $23.98
- $0.18/cup: Pedigree dog food, 44 lbs at Target for $25.99
- $0.28/cup: Beneful dog food, 40 lbs at Target for $37.49
Make that price per cup even lower when you use your Target RedCard; it makes the Pedigree cost just $0.17/cup and the Beneful just $0.22/cup.
Hungry for a little more info? Here’s our full breakdown on how to save money on dog food.
16. Walmart & Costco have the best price per ounce for wet, cheap dog food at $0.09/oz.
With wet dog food, you want to calculate prices based on cost per ounce. Divide the price of your wet food by the number of ounces listed on the container.
You should never spend more than $0.11/oz, because when you shop regular priced dog food at Walmart & Costco, you can do better:
- $0.09/oz: Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner, 24-ct 13.2 oz cans from Walmart for $26.98
- $0.09/oz: Purina Dog Chow wet food, 12-ct 13-oz cans from Walmart for $13.86
- $0.09/oz: Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain, 24-ct 13.2 oz cans from Costco for $28.99
- $0.11/oz: Iams Proactive Health wet food, 6-ct 13-oz cans from Walmart for $8.74
See this week’s best deals on Purina dog food here.
17. Never pay more than $0.26/cup if you’re looking to buy dry, cheap cat food.
Cat food, unfortunately, is a little more expensive per cup than dog food. But the mark to aim for is $0.26 per cup whenever you’re looking at cheap cat food.
Set your sights there, and your options will include:
- Meow Mix cat food, from Sam’s Club for $0.17 per cup
- Friskies Seafood Sensations cat food, from Target for $0.19 per cup
Of course, we have a full rundown of the best ways to save on cat food.
18. Get your wet cheap cat food for no more than $0.24/oz when you shop from Target, PetSmart, or Amazon.
When you’re buying wet cat food, there’s always a measurement of how many ounces are in each container of food (check the bottom corners of the package).
For wet food, always try to spend below $0.24 per ounce — a price at which I still found brands such as Friskies, Meow Mix, and Fancy Feast:
- Friskies Meaty Bits, from Target for or Chewy for $0.13 per ounce
- Meow Mix wet cat food, from PetSmart for $0.23 per ounce
- Fancy Feast wet cat food, from Amazon for $0.24 per ounce
See this week’s best deals on Purina cat food.
19. Shop Blain’s Farm & Fleet for cheap cat litter — they have the best prices on clumping and non-clumping cat litter.
The most affordable cat litter is always non-clumping, (“non-clumping” means it won’t naturally clump around your cat’s, um, presents).
And the best price I’ve seen is at Blain’s Farm & Fleet, where they sell a 40-lb bag of non-clumping cat litter (reg. $7.49) for the low price of $0.19/lb.
If you’re looking for clumping cat litter, though, expect to pay double what you would for non-clumping litter. The best regular price I found was at Blain’s Farm & Fleet, where they sell clumping cat litter for $0.37/lb.
For a complete guide on making sure your cat’s potty breaks don’t break your bank, read our best tips for getting cheap cat litter.
20. Save up to $55 by asking doggy daycares, vet offices, and training services if they offer discounts for rescue animals.
I’ve found the sweetest animals from shelters. Not only are you saving a life, but rescuing also offers some perks.
I’ve come across all kinds of animal-focused businesses that give 40 – 50% discounts on services with proof of adoption. Some veterinarian offices will even give you the first consultation free, which typically costs between $45 – $55.
By the way, PetSmart offers a free first exam for your pet through their Banfield vet clinic. Read all about that and more pet freebies.
21. Buy your own pet grooming supplies and save $45 – $70 each month by grooming your pet at home.
An average dog grooming costs between $45 and $70. If you’re taking your dog in every 4 – 6 weeks, that can add up to almost $900 in a year.
Instead, invest in some grooming supplies of your own, and use YouTube videos to learn how to do it yourself. You can also ask your vet for tips to help you get started.
Grooming supplies from Amazon:
Total Investment: $65.61
Grooming your pet at home will pay for itself by the second time you have to do it, but it could pay for itself even sooner if you shop Amazon Pet Day to get those items for less.
22. Save at least 83% on having your pet spayed or neutered through your local Humane Society.
It costs an average of $200 for a male cat to be neutered at a vet’s office, which seems crazy when my local humane society offers it for $35.00.
The ASPCA also has a great resource to help you find low-price spay/neuter programs near you.
23. Save at least 75% by making your own flea shampoo out of water, vinegar, and soap.
Mix one quart of water with one cup of white vinegar (apple cider vinegar also works) and one cup of Dawn dish soap. Use the solution sparingly as it can dry out your pet’s skin if used too much.
Speaking of DIY shampoo, you gotta check out our guide for DIY dry dog shampoo if you want to save on your dog’s grooming costs.
24. Save $6.50 by replacing the rope on a torn-up scratching post instead of buying a new one.
A brand-new scratching post on Amazon can cost you at least $16.49. Instead, cut off the old rope with scissors and remove any staples or nails used to hold it in place.
Get new rope from Amazon, which I’ve seen for as low as $9.99 (reg. $12.99), and nail the end at the base of the post.
Then start wrapping around the post. After about three or four wraps, tap the rope down with the hammer to make sure the coils stay tightly stacked. Repeat this until you reach the top and then nail the end of the rope to the top of the post.
25. Get a free animal safety kit from the ASPCA.
When you sign up for ASPCA alerts, they’ll send you a pet rescue decal to put in your window. This lets rescue personnel know there is an animal in the building.
You’ll also get an Animal Poison Control Central (APCC) magnet so you have a phone number handy to call in case of emergency for your pet.
26. Here’s how to make homemade dog food treats with pumpkin and banana.
One of my favorite DIY dog tips is making my own dog food treats. It’s a piece of cake — or, rather, a piece of banana and pumpkin.
All you have to do is mix a can of pureed pumpkin with a banana in your food processor or blender. Then, spoon it into a dog-inspired ice cube tray and freeze.
27. Save $7.69 by using grocery bags as pet waste bags.
Target sells 120 Up & Up bags for $7.69, but why spend money on something you can get free?
If you keep ending up with more grocery bags than you know what to do with, make a stockpile, and use them to collect your cat or dog poop.
28. Make a cat hideaway out of an old T-shirt and a cardboard box to save $19.99.
Instead of paying $19.99 for a cat tent, make your own!
Pull an old T-shirt over a box, and line the neck up with the open side of the box to create an entrance. Tuck in the sleeves on the side to tidy it up, and add a small blanket or pet bed to make your cat a cozy hiding spot!
29. Save 10% – 15% with discounted PetSmart gift cards from Raise.com.
Before you shop, check Raise.com for a discounted PetSmart gift card.
If you don’t know, Raise.com is a website that sells full-value gift cards at a discounted rate. Usually, the savings are between 1% – 5%, but with PetSmart’s gift cards I’ve seen savings as high as 10% – 15%.
If you see gift cards for sale any higher than 10% off, pull the trigger — they’ll sell out quickly.
Read about our favorite gift card tips.
30. Get 4% cashback on all Chewy pet supplies purchases when you shop with Ibotta.
Ibotta is a cashback app that gives you a bunch of “rebate” offers to help you save on just about anything you buy from participating stores. And for Chewy, you can get as much as 4% cash back!
Here are some current Ibotta offers at Chewy:
- $5 back on Go! Solutions dry cat food (reg. $19.99 – $69.99)
- $5 back on Go! Solutions dry dog food (reg. $14.99 – $64.99)
If you buy anything else (except gift cards) from Chewy, Ibotta will still get you 4% cash back.
Oh, and we’ve got lots more to tell you about how to use Ibotta.
I hope this helps you save money on pet supplies. Any questions? Drop ’em in the comments below. Thanks for reading!