Deals for Pooch and Kitty
Man's best friend can also be one of man's biggest expenses. Whether yours is a dog or cat, buying their gear can be a major drain on the wallet. So I went in search of the best deals on basic pet supplies. I visited six stores and a few Web sites to see who had the best deals on dog and cat food, as well as toys, collars and leashes and kitty litter.
As much as I love to support small mom and pop shops, I limited my research to stores most people in the region would have access to. But please let us know if your neighborhood pet supply store has some great deals. I went to Petco, PetSmart, Target, Kmart, Giant and Shoppers Food Warehouse and then compared their prices to online stores. By the end of the day I smelled like dog food and had kitty litter on my shoes, but I now know where to shop. Here's what I found:
-You'll get the best variety of stuff at stores like Petco and PetSmart but you'll also pay the highest prices even if you use their loyalty cards. The Iams dog food that I buy for my pooch was a whole $2 cheaper at Shoppers Food Warehouse for the same size bag at Petco and PetSmart. But the grocery store has a limited selection so you risk not even being able to find some basic brands of dog and cat food there. The Shoppers Food Warehouse I went to only had one small bag of the food I buy.
-PetSmart was cheaper than Petco across the board. For example, Purina Cat Chow at PetSmart was $2 cheaper for the same-size bag at Petco. Science Diet cat food at PetSmart was also $6 lower on a 10-pound bag than Petco's prices on the same size bag. Even some of the dog toys were $1 or $2 cheaper at PetSmart. Its Web site had some deals too, if you don't mind paying shipping costs.
-For a non-mega pet store, Target had the better deals on most items, although Giant and Shoppers Food Warehouse had comparable prices on dog and cat food. Some of Target's best deals were on kitty litter. It had a 28-pound bucket of Scoop Away litter for $10.99 compared to Petco's sale price of $13.04 and PetSmart's $12.99 price tag. A rubber Kong toy for dogs was also the same price at Target as other stores or $1 cheaper on certain sizes.
-You won't find any deals online. Or at least I didn't at Amazon.com, Jefferspet.com and PetFoodDirect.com. Petco's own Web site even had some higher prices than its own brick and mortar store. Have you found any online deals?
Where do you buy your pet supplies? Who has the best deals?
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