Save money at mealtime! Some 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for cancer, diabetes and other diseases. So measure portions precisely—if you miscalculate by half a cup daily, it could add up to a 44-pound bag of food annually. Also, check with your vet, because inactive altered animals might need smaller amounts. You could save $40 to $62 annually with this strategy.
How I save: "I make my own diet dog food by swapping in salt-free green beans—at 50 cents a can—for some kibble. Our overweight lab got back in shape, and we saved $40 on her food last year." —Janelle Frick, 56, Columbia, S.C.