I might skip a manicure for myself, but I never hold back when it comes to my “furbaby,” Lola (that's her, at right). I recently needed to refill her heartworm medication and buy more flea and tick protection. Last year, my vet wanted a lot more money for the heartworm medication than the prices I found online and he wouldn’t price match.
This year, I called my vet’s office while I was researching prices and found out that he was offering a rebate. I searched and couldn’t find the rebate online (last year I found a $7 rebate in the weekend coupons). The vet’s $12 rebate for a one-year supply of Interceptor beat out most of the online prices I was finding at PetCareRX.com, Drsfosterandsmith.com, and 1800petmeds.com. I ended up saving a few dollars buying the heartworm meds from my vet, plus I didn’t have to go through the hassle of printing the prescription form out, bringing it in and asking the vet’s office to fax it in.
My vet’s prices were too high, though, for the Frontline Plus flea and tick protection that I use, so I went to my go-to Amazon, which had it for about $130. It was $147.99 on PetCareRX.com, but when I went to close the “checkout” window, a pop-up window came on offering me an additional 20 percent discount (they already offer free shipping on orders over $35). I bought it from PetCareRX.com and ended up saving about $11 or so.
Another tip: To save money on your furry family member’s food, try calling the manufacturer. I called Iams, the maker of Lola’s food, to see if they were still honoring a buy-one-get-one-free coupon I had (they’re not—they’ve already received 15,000 submissions). The Iams customer service representative said she’d send me some Procter & Gamble coupons and she said I could call back every three months to ask for more.
More tips: Check to see if the store where you buy pet food has a price matching policy, keep an eye out for coupons, and sign up for frequent buyer programs. In our April 2011 story, “Where to buy pet food for less,” our professional shoppers found that Target and Walmart prices were better than grocery stores, PetFoodDirect.com, PetSmart, and Petco. Check out the video!