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Signing Up for Programs: Three Different Ways to Save You Money November 27, 2010

Being a cheapskate is a lot of work sometimes and you really have to know what you’re doing. It actually takes awhile to get into the flow of things and there is definitely a learning curve at the beginning. I think if miserliness was somewhat ingrained in you as a child, it’s much easier to understand and get into the flow of being a cheapskate like me.

 

I had only received one set of coupons this past week so I decided to let the update slide and get back to writing a real entry about being a cheapskate. I wanted to talk about the three things you should sign-up for as a cheapskate.

 

Club Cards: Most large chains now have a little card that you keep on your person to swipe before or after your transaction to get a deal. I cannot believe how many people I see getting on line in a store trying to buy things on sale and then are completely clueless as to why the sale isn’t working for them. You really need to be careful and know your prices because sometimes a “sale” isn’t really one. For example, I went by Stop N Shop and they had a big pile of Cheez-It boxes at the front of the store that said “2 for $6.00” with your card of course. I know that these are regularly on sale for $1.50-$2.00 elsewhere so I would skip that—I don’t want to shop at places that jack up their prices to “lower” them at a later time. Hint: You might realize you have more of these club cards on your key ring than actual keys after awhile. My solution is to simply keep all of your cards on a separate key ring and only bring them with you if you are going to the store or if you think you are going to the store. If you drive everywhere, that’s easy to keep in your car. If you walk everywhere, that’s easy to keep in your bag.

 

Coupon Sites: There are the main coupon sites (RedPlum.com, Coupons.com and SmartSource.com) that many people frequent. If you are lucky enough, you shop at a chain that allows you to directly place coupons on your card online, avoiding the hassle and waste of printing and cutting them out yourself. I also check out other sites (BettyCrocker.com and P&Gs website) that also put coupons up that may or may not cross-over with the main coupon sites. If you have specific brands or companies that you are loyal to, sign-up for their mailing lists. Many companies will mail you coupons or offers from time to time and others will tell you to contact them every three months if they do not have a “coupon list.” Hint: If you do not want to clog your e-mail with coupons and coupon-related offers, set-up a separate e-mail account for this.

 

Free Samples: I have received a number of free samples ever since I started signing up to receive them a month ago. I know more samples will be on their way and that’s good for me. As mentioned above, if you don’t want to clog your e-mail with “stuff” you can use your separate e-mail address for this as well. Many times you can just click on the box that you do not want to be contacted. Not only are the free samples useful but some even come with coupons. I have received travel-sized toothpaste (good so that I don’t have to buy my own), Breathe-Right strips (good because I have always wanted to try before I buy), cat food (good because it will provide 3-5 meals), tissues (good for the car) and a dish washing packet. Hint: You don’t have to search around for these free samples, as there are people who already do that for you. Subscribe to a blog (Money Saving Mom, for example) and check daily in the freebies section. Websites like hers are great because she posts tons of other information as well—limited coupon offers, advice, drugstore deals, etc and they’re all right there for you—no work on your part necessary.

 

Stay cheap my friends!

 

Cheapskate Coupon Challenge: Week Two Round-Up November 21, 2010

Ah, yes. I am back again. I didn’t have time to write about one of the many topics I would like to cover in my blog but I would like to provide an update on my coupon challenge. I have received some great coupons as a result of my work and I am fairly happy with the results. Here is an update of the coupons I have received as of the second week of my challenge.

Aleve (Bayer)

Amy’s Kitchen

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.) Success! Enclosed with the letter was a $1.00 off any one Arm & Hammer Aim, Close-Up, Pepsodent Toothpaste, Mentadent or Arm & Hammer Ultramax Product. To be clear, I specifically wrote about the effectiveness of their deodorant.

Arrid (Church & Dwight Co.)

Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats Company)

Aussie (Procter & Gamble)

Ball Park Franks (Sara Lee Corporation)

Birds Eye

Burt’s Bees

Bush’s BeansSuccess! A nice letter along with four coupons: two save .55 on any two cans of Bush’s Best Beans and two .55 off any size/variety of Bush’s Baked Beans.

Cabot CheeseSuccess! They sent me some information about their products, some recipes and two coupons for $1.00 off any two Cabot products.

Cape Cod Chips Success! Along with their letter, thanking me and inviting me to stop by their factory if I’m ever in town, I received four coupons for $0.55 off any 5 oz. bag or larger of their chips.

Carmex (Carma Laboratories)

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Nestle)

Carolina Rice (Riviana Foods)

Celestial SeasoningsSuccess! Along with a letter inviting me to visit their place if I’m ever in the area, I received three coupons to save $0.50 on any box of Celestial Seasonings Tea.

Cetaphil (Galderma Laboratories)

Cheez-It (Kellogg)Success! I received four coupons—-one for $1.00 off any Kellogg’s product, one for $1.00 off any one package of Keebler Cookies, Crackers or Cones, one for $1.00 off any MorningStar or Worthington Veggie Foods Product and one for $1.00 off any Sunshine Krispy of Cheez-It product.

Classico (Heinz)Success! Attached to their “thank you” insert was a coupon for a free jar of Classico Pasta Sauce.

Clif Bar

Crisco (J.M. Smucker)

Country Crock (Unilever) – Success! A nice letter and a holiday recipe collection. Included a booklet of coupons for savings between .50-$1.00 on Bertolli Frozen Products, Breyers Ice Cream, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Helmann’s, Lipton Tea, Wish-Bone Salad Dressings, Degree Anti-Perspirant, Dove Bar/Body Wash, Ponds Towelettes, Q-Tips, Suave and Vaseline.

Dannon Yogurt (Dannon Company)Success! Along with a letter were two coupons for $0.25 off any one yogurt product.

Del Monte (Pounce, Meow Mix, Del Monte Veggies)Success! Along with their little insert that thanked me for purchasing their products, they also sent me two coupons for $0.50 off any size or variety of Pounce Cat Treats. (I told them how much my cats love Pounce, which is true. They’re fiends for that stuff!) A few days later I received more coupons, probably regarding their veggies, in which I got: $1.00 off two College Inn Broth Cartons and two $0.50 off any Del Monte Canned Food Snack Cup or Ketchup Product.

Dial (Henkel)Success! $0.40 off any Renuzit product except candles, $0.35 off any Dial product, $0.35 off any Soft & Dri product, $0.50 off any Liquid or Dry Purex Detergent, $0.50 off any Soft Scrub product and $0.35 off any Right Guard product. *Note: Company also stated in their letter that I could contact them for coupons every three months.

DoleSuccess! I actually have no recollection of contacting this company and they were not on my original list that I had created. However, I must’ve contacted them regarding something so here are the coupons I have received: 4 coupons for: $0.75 off any Dole Salad or Cut-Vegetable item, $0.75 off any Dole Fruit Bowls or Fruit Parfaits, $0.75 off any Dole Fruit in plastic jars and $0.50 off any two cans of Dole Canned Fruit.

Domino Sugar (Domino Foods)Success! Thank you Domino, for you are awesome. They gave me a little insert, thanking me for my loyalty. They gave me a save $0.25 on a future purchase of any Domino Sugar product (no expiration date either!) and even more awesome, a coupon for a free product! They also gave me a little recipe booklet.

Dunkin Donuts

Eggland’s Best

Ellio’s (McCain Foods)

El Monterey (Ruiz Foods) – Success! I received a nice little letter that told me that I am more than welcome to contact them every three months for coupons. I also received four coupons—two that would allow me to save $1.00 off on any El Monterey product and two that would allow me to save $0.50 on any El Monterey product.

EnergizerSuccess! This was majorly awesome. Along with their letter was a coupon—are you ready for this—FREE UP TO $10.00 off any one package of Energizer or Eveready Brand products! That is completely awesome.

Eveready

Fleichmann’s ActiveDry Yeast (ACH Foods)Success! I had actually complained that one of my packets did not cause a reaction whereas my other ones did. (I had done the same recipe.) I got a coupon for one free 3-strip ActiveDry Yeast.

Friskies (Nestle)Success! Along with an enclosed message, I received three coupons: one to save $2.00 on any 72 oz or larger package of Purina Pet Food, one to save $2.00 on one package of Tidy Cats Cat Litter, and one coupon for two free cans or pouches of Purina brand pet food.

Frito-Lay (*Do not recall what specifically I wrote about to them—probably Lay’s or Doritos.)

Hebrew National (ConAgra)

Heckers Flour – Fail! I did not get any coupons but I did receive a booklet of recipes for whole wheat rolls, breads, bagels, pizza, cookies, muffins and coffee cake, which I felt was a nice gesture.

Hostess (Spoke about Mini Muffins, Donettes and 100 calorie packs—IBC)

Hungry Man (Pinnacle) Success! I received a nice little letter and two coupons to save $0.50 on any one Hungry-Man dinner.

Hunt’s (ConAgra)

Ivory (Procter & Gamble)

Jif (J.M. Smucker)Success! I received a nice little letter with two coupons attached, each allowing me to save $0.35 on the purchase of any 1 Jif product.

Johnsonville Sausage

Jolly Time (American Pop Corn Company)

Kleenex (Kimberly-Clark)

Kozy Shack

Liquid Plumr (Clorox Company)Success! This was one of only a couple of companies I submitted a complaint for, as the LP did not remove the clog from my tub. Unfortunately, the cashier from a very well known food chain did not hand me my receipt, which I didn’t realize until I got home. The reason for this was because on the bottle was a sticker saying that if I submitted the UPC along with the receipt I could get a rebate if my product did not work. It didn’t but they were nice enough to give me a coupon for a free product anyway so thank you LP!

McCain Potatoes (McCain Foods)

Mrs. Dash (Alberto-Culver)Success! They sent me a nice letter, two sample packets and two coupons for .50 off my next purchase. They also generously included a small booklet of healthy recipes.

Old El Paso (Betty Crocker)

Olivio

Pace Salsa (CSC Brands)Success! Along with an insert thanking me they sent me a tiny recipe booklet and $1.00 off coupon for any of the following Campbell Products: Pace, Swanson, V8, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, and of course, Campbell’s.

Pam (ConAgra Foods)

Pantene (Procter & Gamble)

Pepsi (PepsiCo)

Polly-O (Kraft)

Quaker Oats (Quaker Oats)

Ragu (Unilever)

SCJohnson (*Do not recall all products discussed. Scrubbing Bubbles was probably one of them.) Success! Scrubbing Bubbles must have been the product I complemented because I received a coupon for a free product up to $3.50. SCJohnson also sent me a little booklet with additional coupons: two more coupons for Scrubbing Bubbles products ($3.00 & $1.50 for a Power Sprayer starter kit and Power Sprayer refill, respectively), $2.00 off any Pledge/Armstrong floor cleaner, .50 off any Windex Multi-Surface cleaning product, .50 off any Ziploc brand bags, $1.00 off any Shout Color Catcher, $3.00 off any Glade Sense & Spray starter kit, $1.00 off any Glade Relaxing Moments Collection, $1.00 off any Glade Tough Odor Solutions, $2.00 off any OFF! Clip-on kit, and $4.00 off any Raid Max Bug Barrier starter.

Shady Brook Farms (Cargill Meat Solutions)

Simple Green (Sunshine Makers) Success! I believe I actually asked them for a sample and they sent me a plastic spray bottle, a small bottle of concentrated solution and very short instructions on diluting it. They also sent me a $2.00 coupon. This was the first thing I got and they sent it first class mail. Thanks Simple Green! You are awesome!

Sorrento (Lactalis)

Snyder’s

Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals)Success! I just want to say that this company is completely awesome! They sent me a giant stirring spoon with the Kool-Aid face on it. They sent me a TON of recipes, 3-4 booklets of them. They also sent me four $1 off coupons on any Benecol spread as well as a giant magnet for Splenda conversions and three $1 off any Splenda product.

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)

Starkist Success!Two coupons for $0.75 two pouches of StarKist tuna.

St. Ives

Stonyfield

Suave (Unilever)

Super Pretzel (J&J)

Sweet Baby Rays

Tetley TeaSuccess! Along with their letter were two coupons for $0.50 off any Tetley Tea product.

Thomas’ English Muffins (Bimbo Bakeries)Success! Two coupons for me to save $1.00 on any Thomas’ product.

Tidy Cats (Nestle)

TRESemme (Alberto-Culver)

Tropicana

Turkey Hill Success! Their cute little decorated envelope included a magnet. I received: 2 $1.00 off any Turkey Hill Dairy product (excluding milk), 1 $1.00 off one 1.5 QT of Turkey Hill Dynamic Duos, 3 $0.35 off any ½ gallon or larger Turkey Hill Iced Tea, Lemonade or Nature’s Accents and 3 $0.50 off any 1.5 QT Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Duetto, Dynamic Duos, Frozen Yogurt or Sherbet.

Unilever (Other products I cannot recall.)

White CastleSuccess! I received two separate coupons, each good for three free hamburgers. That means six free hamburgers for me. Yes! They also advised me that for future promotions, I could sign-up to be on their e-mail list.

Wonder Bread (HBI)

YoPlait

Zatarain’sSuccess! They sent me a little letter with a recipe at the bottom. They gave me two coupons for $0.50 off any two Zatarain’s rice or pasta mixes.

 

Cheapskate Coupon Challenge: Week One Round-Up November 13, 2010

I decided to update my list of the coupons I have received as of this week. If I received something from the company, I  bolded the name. If it was a coupon success, I underlined the word success for your ease visually. Hopefully I have more to add next week!

 

Aleve (Bayer)

Amy’s Kitchen

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.)

Arrid (Church & Dwight Co.)

Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats Company)

Aussie (Procter & Gamble)

Ball Park Franks (Sara Lee Corporation)

Birds Eye

Burt’s Bees

Bush’s BeansSuccess! A nice letter along with four coupons: two save .55 on any two cans of Bush’s Best Beans and two .55 off any size/variety of Bush’s Baked Beans.

Cabot CheeseSuccess! They sent me some information about their products, some recipes and two coupons for $1.00 off any two Cabot products.

Cape Cod Chips

Carmex (Carma Laboratories)

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Nestle)

Carolina Rice (Riviana Foods)

Celestial Seasonings

Cetaphil (Galderma Laboratories)

Cheez-It (Kellogg)

Clif Bar

Crisco (J.M. Smucker)

Country Crock (Unilever) – Success! A nice letter and a holiday recipe collection. Included a booklet of coupons for savings between .50-$1.00 on Bertolli Frozen Products, Breyers Ice Cream, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Helmann’s, Lipton Tea, Wish-Bone Salad Dressings, Degree Anti-Perspirant, Dove Bar/Body Wash, Ponds Towelettes, Q-Tips, Suave and Vaseline.

Dannon Yogurt (Dannon Company)

Del Monte (Pounce, Meow Mix, Del Monte Veggies)

Dial (Henkel)Success! $0.40 off any Renuzit product except candles, $0.35 off any Dial product, $0.35 off any Soft & Dri product, $0.50 off any Liquid or Dry Purex Detergent, $0.50 off any Soft Scrub product and $0.35 off any Right Guard product. *Note: Company also stated in their letter that I could contact them for coupons every three months.

Domino Sugar (Domino Foods)

Dunkin Donuts

Eggland’s Best

Ellio’s (McCain Foods)

El Monterey (Ruiz Foods)

Energizer

Eveready

Fleichmann’s ActiveDry Yeast (ACH Foods)Success! I had actually complained that one of my packets did not cause a reaction whereas my other ones did. (I had done the same recipe.) I got a coupon for one free 3-strip ActiveDry Yeast.

Friskies (Nestle)

Frito-Lay (*Do not recall what specifically I wrote about to them—probably Lay’s or Doritos.)

Hebrew National (ConAgra)

Heckers Flour – Fail! I did not get any coupons but I did receive a booklet of recipes for whole wheat rolls, breads, bagels, pizza, cookies, muffins and coffee cake, which I felt was a nice gesture.

Hostess (Spoke about Mini Muffins, Donettes and 100 calorie packs—IBC)

Hungry Man (Pinnacle)

Hunt’s (ConAgra)

Ivory (Procter & Gamble)

Jif (J.M. Smucker)

Johnsonville Sausage

Jolly Time (American Pop Corn Company)

Kleenex (Kimberly-Clark)

Kozy Shack

Liquid Plumr (Clorox Company)

McCain Potatoes (McCain Foods)

Mrs. Dash (Alberto-Culver)Success! They sent me a nice letter, two sample packets and two coupons for .50 off my next purchase. They also generously included a small booklet of healthy recipes.

Old El Paso (Betty Crocker)

Olivio

Pace Salsa (CSC Brands)

Pam (ConAgra Foods)

Pantene (Procter & Gamble)

Pepsi (PepsiCo)

Polly-O (Kraft)

Quaker Oats (Quaker Oats)

Ragu (Unilever)

SCJohnson (*Do not recall all products discussed. Scrubbing Bubbles was probably one of them.) Success! Scrubbing Bubbles must have been the product I complemented because I received a coupon for a free product up to $3.50. SCJohnson also sent me a little booklet with additional coupons: two more coupons for Scrubbing Bubbles products ($3.00 & $1.50 for a Power Sprayer starter kit and Power Sprayer refill, respectively), $2.00 off any Pledge/Armstrong floor cleaner, .50 off any Windex Multi-Surface cleaning product, .50 off any Ziploc brand bags, $1.00 off any Shout Color Catcher, $3.00 off any Glade Sense & Spray starter kit, $1.00 off any Glade Relaxing Moments Collection, $1.00 off any Glade Tough Odor Solutions, $2.00 off any OFF! Clip-on kit, and $4.00 off any Raid Max Bug Barrier starter.

Shady Brook Farms (Cargill Meat Solutions)

Simple Green (Sunshine Makers) Success! I believe I actually asked them for a sample and they sent me a plastic spray bottle, a small bottle of concentrated solution and very short instructions on diluting it. They also sent me a $2.00 coupon. This was the first thing I got and they sent it first class mail. Thanks Simple Green! You are awesome!

Sorrento (Lactalis)

Snyder’s

Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals)Success! I just want to say that this company is completely awesome! They sent me a giant stirring spoon with the Kool-Aid face on it. They sent me a TON of recipes, 3-4 booklets of them. They also sent me four $1 off coupons on any Benecol spread as well as a giant magnet for Splenda conversions and three $1 off any Splenda product.

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)

Starkist

St. Ives

Stonyfield

Suave (Unilever)

Super Pretzel (J&J)

Sweet Baby Rays

Tetley Tea

Thomas’ English Muffins (Bimbo Bakeries)Success! Two coupons for me to save $1.00 on any Thomas’ product.

Tidy Cats (Nestle)

TRESemme (Alberto-Culver)

Tropicana

Turkey Hill

Unilever (Other products I cannot recall.)

White Castle

Wonder Bread (HBI)

YoPlait

Zatarain’s

 

*I would just like to also mention Renuzit, who mailed me a coupon after I could not print one out from their site. Thank you Renuzit!

 

Cheapskate Coupon Challenge: Companies Contacted November 12, 2010

Below I have compiled the list of companies I have contacted thus far. Please keep in mind that many of these companies are owned by one overarching company. For example, P&G and ConAgra own many of the products that I contacted. Some of these I was able to recall and mention—others I was not. For ease, I put all of them in alphabetical order.

*NOTE: I will update this list if I continue to contact companies. Check the date to see when I added them.

Aleve (Bayer)

Amy’s Kitchen

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.)

Arrid (Church & Dwight Co.)

Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats Company)

Aussie (Procter & Gamble)

Ball Park Franks (Sara Lee Corporation)

Birds Eye

Burt’s Bees

Bush’s Beans

Cabot Cheese

Cape Cod Chips

Carmex (Carma Laboratories)

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Nestle)

Carolina Rice (Riviana Foods)

Celestial Seasonings

Cetaphil (Galderma Laboratories)

Cheez-It (Kellogg)

Clif Bar

Crisco (J.M. Smucker)

Country Crock (Unilever)

Dannon Yogurt (Dannon Company)

Del Monte (Pounce, Meow Mix, Del Monte Veggies)

Dial (Henkel)

Domino Sugar (Domino Foods)

Dunkin Donuts

Eggland’s Best

Ellio’s (McCain Foods)

El Monterey (Ruiz Foods)

Energizer

Eveready

Fleichmann’s ActiveDry Yeast (ACH Foods)

Friskies (Nestle)

Frito-Lay (*Do not recall what specifically I wrote about to them—probably Lay’s or Doritos.)

Hebrew National (ConAgra)

Heckers Flour

Hostess (Spoke about Mini Muffins, Donettes and 100 calorie packs—IBC)

Hungry Man (Pinnacle)

Hunt’s (ConAgra)

Ivory (Procter & Gamble)

Jif (J.M. Smucker)

Johnsonville Sausage

Jolly Time (American Pop Corn Company)

Kleenex (Kimberly-Clark)

Kozy Shack

Liquid Plumr (Clorox Company)

McCain Potatoes (McCain Foods)

Mrs. Dash (Alberto-Culver)

Old El Paso (Betty Crocker)

Olivio

Pace Salsa (CSC Brands)

Pam (ConAgra Foods)

Pantene (Procter & Gamble)

Pepsi (PepsiCo)

Polly-O (Kraft)

Quaker Oats (Quaker Oats)

Ragu (Unilever)

SCJohnson (*Do not recall all products discussed. Scrubbing Bubbles was probably one of them.)

Shady Brook Farms (Cargill Meat Solutions)

Simple Green (Sunshine Makers)

Sorrento (Lactalis)

Snyder’s

Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals)

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)

Starkist

St. Ives

Stonyfield

Suave (Unilever)

Super Pretzel (J&J)

Sweet Baby Rays

Tetley Tea

Thomas’ English Muffins (Bimbo Bakeries)

Tidy Cats (Nestle)

TRESemme (Alberto-Culver)

Tropicana

Turkey Hill

Unilever

White Castle

Wonder Bread (HBI)

YoPlait

Zatarain’s

 

Why You Shouldn’t Own a Pet if You’re Struggling November 8, 2010

I absolutely love animals. I grew up in a house where we always had at least one, whether it be a dog, cat, turtle, snake, fish, hamster, frog or lizard. You get the idea. When I moved out, I promptly adopted my own cat and subsequently, another one. Of course, times were good then and now that we’re struggling, we really had to cut back on the types of litter and food that we buy for them. Here are some things to keep in mind if you plan on purchasing/adopting a pet or already have one and find yourself struggling.

 

1. DO NOT PURCHASE OR ADOPT A PET IF YOU LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK OR IF YOU FIND YOURSELF STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY. I know this is a hard concept for people to digest, especially because there are so many animal lovers in the world, but really, you are doing a disservice to yourself, your family and whatever animals you may choose to bring into your home if you are often struggling with bills. Pets cost a lot of money and you can almost think of them as a luxury item. You need to pay for their veterinary care, which is very expensive. Their food adds up and will end up costing you tons of money in the long-run. If you have animals that are strictly indoors, you might save money on veterinary bills but you will have to pay more for maintenance, such as purchasing cat litter or fixing/cleaning filtration systems in tanks. Keep in mind that some animals require permits and you are supposed to pay a fee every year for that license.

2. CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS IF YOU ARE REALLY STRUGGLING. If you already have a pet and you’re finding yourself in enormous debt or unable to make any progress financially, the pets’ expenditures could be weighing you down. When you adopt a pet, the expectation is that you are going to care for it and do what you can to keep the animal and treat it well. But sometimes things change and that isn’t always possible—perhaps you can barely afford to feed yourself, let alone the pet! If this is the case, please look around and see if anyone who is in better standing could perhaps adopt the pet from you. If worse comes to worse and you are deciding between feeding your family and feeding your pets, you really need to step back, perhaps even remove some of the emotions around the situation, and give your animal up for adoption. This, of course, is no easy decision but sometimes, it is one that must be done. I recall seeing a family on Dr. Phil who found themselves in enormous debt after the housing market crashed and they owned five animals. These five animals cost them thousands of dollars a year in food and veterinary bills. If that’s the situation, you really need to get rid of the pets!

3. WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING AND ALREADY OWN A PET. If adopting the dog away is not an option for you or if you’re really trying to cut back on your expenses, look at how much you are spending on your animals and cut back. For example, litter is frequently on sale and you can often find coupons for the litter. If you own a cat, you really need to align these things and get the best price possible. You might have to forget about getting the best possible litter that exists if you’re entertaining this idea. You may love to feed your animals certain brands of food but sometimes people spend more on food for their animals than they do for themselves! We now buy one bag of the cheapest food and one bag of whatever is on sale/whatever we have a coupon for and leave it at that. Also, we stopped buying treats for the cats for awhile until I found Temptations on sale and additionally had a coupon for it, leaving the treats costing me .25 cents. Remember, your animals don’t need treats.

 

Always keep these other things in mind:

  • Look for coupons for both food and maintenance supplies. They are always out there! Always check around in your weekly circulars to see who has the best deals on these things. Try to align sales and manufacturer coupons and stockpile when possible. We often get Catalina coupons for cat-related items.
  • Call up your local shelter and see what kind of services they might be able to provide. They may be able to provide free or discounted services for low-income or struggling families.
  • If you really want a pet but don’t want to spend a ton of money, I am essentially imploring you to adopt one. For example, adopting a cat from our local adoption event cost us only $35 and the cat was given to us fixed, cleaned, treated for any issues and with all of its shots. Additionally, we received a coupon for a free visit to any veterinary clinic listed on the pamphlet they gave us.

 

Stay cheap my friends!