So I talked about before how Gromit has a sensitive stomach and we feed him sensitive stomach dog food as a result.
Of course, we are happy to do that (because again, he’s the best dog ever) but it does hit the wallet harder than his old dog food.
However, thanks to combining a couple easy things, we can save money and not have to worry about it!
So let’s start with our dog food. A 30 lb bag of Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach (or about 1.5-2 months for us) is $70.99 at PetSmart. Brutal, right?
On Amazon, it is $69.99. Already saving $1.
However, we also use Subscribe & Save. What’s that?
Basically, certain items are available so that you receive them on a regular basis. If you have more than 5 items in a month, you save 15%. Anything below that is 5%. But here’s the thing – you can cancel subscriptions, postpone them, etc. So just pick 5 things that you need that are available in “Subscribe and Save” and you’re going to save 15% off the whole order. If you only need it one time, just cancel after that. For us, I get Wolfie’s formula and diapers and then fill the rest of the order with small and cheap things (i.e. dish soap).
For our dog food, that saves us an additional $10.50.
Swagbucks is insanely popular – I am easily the millionth budget blog to write about it. Here’s the deal – you can sign up here. You earn points doing a bunch of different things (i.e. surveys, watch videos, use it as a search engine, quick polls, online shopping, etc. etc.) and it will give you points called Swagbucks. They even have a thing now where you can buy gift cards and receive a percentage back with Swagbucks.
You can trade those Swagbucks in for gift cards to tons of places – such as Amazon.
How much does it help? It depends – obviously I am not going to retire a millionaire on my mad Swagbucks money. But on average, I’m saving about $10 every time I buy dog food and I’m putting an extraordinary little amount of effort into it.
So to summarize…
|PETSMART PRICE – $70.99||
|Amazon Price – $69.99||
|Discount (Subscribe and Save) – $59.49||
|Swagbucks – $49.99||
|TOTAL PRICE: $49.49||TOTAL SAVINGS: $21.50 or 30%|
And that is how it’s done folks!