Over the past couple of years, as my cats have become elderly felines, I’ve upgraded their food and litter. The food upgrade was really one of necessity – my cats just can’t digest less expensive foods filled with grains anymore. Instead of dealing with vet bills, I’ve switched their food out to a higher protein product that costs twice as much!
The litter upgrade was more of an ecologically conscious choice. Most cat litter brands are clay based and don’t decompose very quickly, not to mention they are dusty. I found a corn based litter (World’s Best Cat Litter) that decomposes quickly, smells good (not filled with perfumes), and has very little dust associated with it. And to thoroughly be eco-friendly, I purchase degradable plastic bags, which adds to the cost of litter clean-up.
Many times I can find $3.00 off coupons for the litter, but a large bag still comes out to over $30.00. A quick internet search 6 out of 10 times saves me $3 a bag – not too shabby.
Damaged Packaging- A great deal
However, every once in a while, I can find a product with a damaged package, marking it another 5-30% off. The item, whether it’s litter or litter bags, is still in perfect condition, just the packaging is a little torn up. I love these types of deals!
I’d almost go so far to admit that I look for these kinds of products at the pet store. Does it have a bright orange label? Great! I’ll take that discount!
Buy in Bulk
Buying in larger quantities, especially on items that have extended expiration dates, is yet another way to save. On the cat food products, their canned cat food is .24 cents cheaper per can if I buy cases of 24. Since I go through a can a day, it’s worth it to stock up.
How do you save money on everyday, higher end items?