We Americans dote on our dogs and cats—with cuddles and cash. In fact, on average, each U.S. house-hold spends about $500 per year on pets! You might have your own ways to save, but here you can find strategies to leave $700 or more in your pocket while giving your critters the love and attention they deserve.
Make wise buys. You buy in bulk for yourself—why not do so for your pet? To get big savings, pick up one 30-pound bag of dog food for $34 instead of five 6-pound bags at $18 a pop. But bulk buying is wise only if it makes sense. Before you invest, make sure Miss Fussy won't turn up her nose.
As for brands, expensive price tags don’t always add up to higher-quality food. Ask your vet to recommend food you can buy at the grocery store or at wholesale stores like Costco.