When buying supplies for your pets, there are many places to go and the most obvious one are your local pet stores and big chains. However, if you’re on a budget or just trying to cut down on the number of places you need to drive to when running errands take a moment the next time you’re in your pharmacy, grocery store, or online to see what pet supplies are available. The choices might limited but the quality can be the same and sometimes the price is cheaper.
Here are 10 best places for budget pet supplies:
Amazon has a substantial selection and has, in my experience the best prices across the board for just about everything. Combine that with free 2-day shipping and a great selection of other items, it is no wonder they are the largest online retailer.
2: Other internet shopping sites
Besides Amazon sites such as Craigslist, Ebay, Freecycle, and other sites offer great bargains on pet supplies. Do not ever buy medications from individuals or un-reputable companies but dog crates, cat carriers, cat trees, dog beds, accessories, and costumes can often be found for your pet at discount prices.
Aside from being able to buy shampoo, cough syrups, and pick up your prescriptions, many drugs stores also sell dog and cat food, toys, brushes, leashes, and beds. The prices are often lower than pet retail stores because of membership club cards and specials.
4: Membership clubs
Places like Costco and Sam’s Club have deep discounts on many things from bulk food to clothing and books. They also often have pet supplies like beds, carriers, and toys.
5: Thrift stores
Want to get your cat a scratching post but don’t want to pay a lot? Hunt around the thrift store next time you’re looking for those vintage jeans or steampunk outfit and see what pet supplies people have donated. You can find some slightly used but in great condition beds, car seats, and cat trees.
6: Hardware store
Some hardware stores have a housewares department where they sell some general cleaning supplies and other things for your house. Some will have a pet section with cleaning, grooming, and food.
7: Dollar store
Your local 99 cent store sells pet supplies and toys. Save a few bucks and get that new leash and collar set, bowl, or squeaky toy that your dog deserves.
8: Consignment stores
a number of consignment stores have a pet section where you can find gently used toys, bedding, crates, and more. The prices can range from being a great deal to being so so but you can find great quality items for your pet.
9: Local animal shelters
Humane societies and animal shelters often have a pet supply section for new parents to purchase supplies. Their prices are comparable to pet stores but sometimes they offer sales and discounts plus the money benefits the shelter.
10. Feed stores
If you live near the outskirts of town, in the country or even in further out suburbs, you might have a feed store nearby. These can be great sources for pet supplies and have good deals because they generally focus on moving larger quantities of products so what they have may be a better deal.
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