When I first started couponing, I had no idea the impact it would make on my life. I knew I could save money on groceries, and at that point, I thought that was all I needed. In fact, the thought of even saving only 25% sounded like heaven to me. Now that I know I can save much more than that on some things (free toothpaste and toothbrushes) I have been AMAZED at the other areas in my life where I have learned to save.

I have four dogs, which is a huge expense. One of the things I never even thought about saving on was dog treats. Before I started couponing I was paying around $5 for an approximately 24 ct. bag of treats. Once I leaned to coupon I refused to pay over $1. However, with minimal effort, I learned to bake my own treats, making those $1 a bag treats look positively extravagant!

I have figured out that, with couponing and sales prices on the ingredients listed in the recipe below, I can now make two week's worth of treats for my four dogs (around 56 silver half dollar sized treats) for around $1.07. That is a savings of over 91% of what I was paying pre-couponing, and 46% of what I thought was a rock bottom stock up price! This recipe takes me about 20 minutes every other Saturday to prepare.

Besides the advantage of saving money, I now know exactly what my dogs are eating, and I feel good about that. One of my dogs has skin allergies, so making my own treats just makes sense. The recipe below is a favorite in my house. With a little searching, you can find tons of other recipes online to suit your pet's needs. Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter Bites

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup oats

Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture. Form a ball of dough and roll it out to whatever thickness you prefer (I do about ¼ inch thick). You can cut the cookies out with a cookie cutter (try a bone shape!) or, in the spirit of thriftiness, use a cup or the bottom of a can. You can make these as small or as large as you want depending on the size of your dog. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one (I use parchment paper, but this is not necessary). Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. I usually put mine in at night and go to bed after I turn off the oven. They are ready to bag in an airtight container in the morning.

This has been a guest post by Joy from Columbus, GA
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DIY: Peanut Butter Bites Dog Treats