Wednesday, July 29, 2009

San Diego Zoo Coupon

Save $7.00 off your next zoo ticket through Petco on a best value ticket.

J.C. Penny coupon

Save 15% instore or online with this coupon. Go through ebates and get cash back on your online purchase. It is valid July 29th-August 1st which pairs nicely with tax free weekend here in Georgia.
Now while J.C. Penny doesn't carry pet products(at least that I can find). If you need to replace anything your pet may have used as a chew toy(like your shoes) this could actually work out quite well for you. Or perhaps you are thinking about getting new pillows and turning your old pillows into a pet bed. Maybe, you've been eyeing new towels and are going to donate your old ones to the humane society.
There are various ways you can make this purchase pet related without actually buying a pet product.
I know, my logic for spending can be dangerous at times. Trust me, my wallet knows this allll too well.

Deals and Steals

Milkbone Dog treats will be on sale at Publix buy one/get one for the 7/29 or 7/30 ad(ads start either on Wed. or Thurs. depdending on your area). There are also b1/g1 coupons from the 6/7 smart source.
While in the dog food aisle see if they have the b1/g1 pedigree treats coupon!

Alpo canned foods has another b1/g1 coupon available by going here and playing the mix n match game.

In the upcoming P&G insert coupon previews are showing a 1.00 off coupon! I feel this has been long over due, I can't even remember the last time they had one!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Free Issue of Dogs Life

Head over to Hip2Save to see how you can get a free issue of Dogs Life magazine.

Breed does matter

Here at the Frugal Beagle I wrote the start of a series on adopting a dog called "So you want a Dog....
Recently, I was talking to my sister about our dogs. We both love beagles, a lot, enough where one day we hope to have a Beagle rescue. She was talking about this desire when the other person said to her " Be careful of adopting an adult dog from the pound". This person had a horrible experience with a dog she rescued. Mostly, because she decided she wanted the pretty dog and knew nothing about the breed. She chose a dog that did not fit her lifestyle and resulted in her not keeping the dog. The Minnesota Humane Society lists on their website why pets were turned in and often the reason is something that could have been avoided in the first place like "too big for an apartment". These are reasons that simple research could have brought their attention before they adopted. It's not cheap adopting a dog. Even a free dog is going to require a vet check up and basic supplies like food and a leash.
I also find it amusing how many people worry that if they adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter they will get "someone else's problem.". Here is what I say to that.
1. Puppies not given proper training will have behavioral problems. Has anyone else watched the Dog Whisperer or It's Me or the Dog? These are professional trainers that come into people's homes to work with the dog about bad behavior. All of those dogs they show are not bad dogs because that's just their personality. It's because their owners don't have set routines and don't enforce certain good behaviors.
2. Many rescues work to learn the dogs disposition and manners before placing them up for adoption. A solid rescue will disclose behavior problems along with if the dog gets a long with cats, other dogs and children. You will learn MORE about the dog than you would by just going to a breeder or pet store because someone has spent time with your to be pet.
3. You can teach an old dog new tricks. When I first got my dog she was not potty trained. Now she is and while it wasn't an easy process. It was well worth it.
4. A full grown dog is just that, you dont' have to guess how big they will get and go through various crates. You can get the right size on the first try.
5. Health problems will be known when you adopt them. I know this isn't always the case but chances are your dog may already be spayed or neutered. Your dog may have health problems but if you get them from a rescue they will tell you what those problems are and you can make that decision.

I am passionate about adopting adult dogs from shelters and rescue groups. At least consider it the next time you think about getting a new pet. It can be a very rewarded experience, if you do the proper research about what type of breed is best for you and don't just decide you want a Marley dog because it's cute.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Yesterday's paper had a coupon for a free can of mighty dog. I did not receive it in my paper but my sister in the upper Midwest did. If your area did not carry the coupon you can always check an online trading group, coupon service or Ebay.

Right now most stores are focused on back to school with low cost school supplies and clothing. I'm currently stocking up on school supplies like highlighters, pens and office paper to donate to my local humane society. Many blogs are doing posts on creative ways to use school supplies like Freebies for Mom and others. There are some neat suggestions for those of us without school age children. Another way to take advantage of the folders and glue sticks would be to make an emergency file for your pet. Use a standard folder or file folder to hold all their vet visits, medication information, along with any allergies. One place with all the information you need on hand to plan for upcoming visits(for instance your pet will need their bordetella vaccine every 6 months.) and budget accordingly. Also, you could keep another folder with receipts in case a great pet food rebate comes up!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beneful Coupon

Get a 5.00 off Beneful coupon here. This would be great to use with a Target giftcard deal or Publix sale.
Get yours now!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Free Iams Prebiotic Cat Food

Go here and log into your P&G Everyday solutions account or create one. Verify your address and receive a coupon for a free bag of Iam Prebiotic Cat food!

Go here for a mail in rebate for Feline Fresh Cat Litter up to a 5.99 savings!

Ways to help your local Shelters

The sluggish economy has effected many Americans in various ways. Increasing home foreclosures also mean an increase of pets being surrendered to shelters every day. Here are some simple ways you can help shelters in your area.

1. Check their website to see what type of donations they are in need of right now. This can vary from food, leashes, used towels and bedding(for the animals to sleep on), to things that are on sale right now like office supplies(3 ring binders, paper, pens, etc).

2. Check to see if they participate in a recycling program. My local shelter sends in used cell phones to raise funds. I've also seen where they take old printer cartridges.

3. Volunteer.

4. Consider becoming a foster parent.

5. Change your buying habits to support causes you care about such as animal shelters. Many companies are doing campaigns where a certain percentage of their sales goes to help animals in shelters like Pedigree and Science Diet. Other companies like Target support St. Jude's and United Way. Learn about where you shop to make your dollars go farther.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Save 10% off your next Petco trip!

Go here for this great money saving coupon. It's good through 8/15/09 and you will need to show your Petco P.A.L.S card.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Publix Pet Treat Deals

Publix has several pet treat offers running from July 11-August 7th 2009.

Mix or Match 3 for 6.99
Milkbone Chewy Dog Treats
Meaty Bone Dog Biscuits:Meaty Bone Chew-lotta or Denta-Delicious $1 (7/17/09)
Chewlotta Dog snacks: coupons $1.00 off, buy any chewlotta get a free Meaty Bone Dog Biscuit
Snausages Beef and Cheese
Pup-Peroni Dog Snacks: 1.00 off printable here or Pup-Peroni Dog Snacks, 4.8oz+ $1 (8/2/09)
Milkbone Gravy Bones: Milk-Bone Dog Snacks, any 26 oz. or smaller B1G1F up to $4.98 (8/2/09)

Pedigree: Use Buy one/Get one free coupon available in aisle.
Jumbone Mega Chew 3.99
Dentabone Treat for Dogs 2/$4.00
Pedigree Marrowbone 2.99
Breathbusters 2.49
Jumbone 2/$5.00
Dentastix 2/6.00 use 2.50 off 1 coupon here use with Buy/One Get coupon and get two bags for .25 each!
Pedigree + 3/24.9 Use Buy/One Get coupon here

Note: This week Publix has Pedigree Good Bites b/g free. Use the b/g coupon from the aisle display and get two packs FOR FREE!

Goodlife recipe whole treats 2/$6.00:Goodlife Recipe Treats for Dogs $1 (9/12/09)
Goodlife Cat Treats 2/$4.00: Goodlife Recipe Treats for Cats $1 (9/12/09)

Baking Soda and it's Pet Friendly Uses

Baking Soda, many of us know of it's freshening properties but it has many other uses besides baking and freshening. Here are some great ways you can use it with your pets.

1. Sprinkle baking sod in the litter box on the top and bottom to keep it smelling fresh.
2. Make your own kitty litter by combing a small box and 3 inches of sandy clay.
3. Brush your pet's teeth
4. Sprinkle baking soda around your pet's food bowls to keep pests away.
5. Relieve bug bites with a paste of basking soda with a little bit of water to make a paste.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Save on Science Diet Prescription Dog Food!

VCA vet offices are partnering with Hill's Science Diet to offer 20% back on the purchase of 5 Science diet or prescriptrion diet items. You will receive a check for 20% of the total purchase price that you can then use towards any product or service at the same vet!
Combine this offer with the Hill's Science Diet Prescription Dog food rebate for $25.00 and really maximize your savings! This rebate offer is good through Jan. 2010.
To locate your local VCA office go here.

Cesar brand dog food is introducing a new variety to their line up. Go here for a buy one/get one coupon.

And for those of you signed up for Petsmart Perks look for a new mailer with coupons for dog food and grooming services. Combine those coupons with the Petsmart coupon I posted here.
The mailer had a 5.00 off Science Diet coupon that you could combine with a manufacturer's coup for very cheap Science Diet(like 1.99 or .99 depending on what coups you have). Even without the mailer you should be able to get some great dog food deals with the coupon!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

7/12 Coupon Inserts

There will be two coupon inserts this week. Here are some pet coupons I saw on the preview.

Red Plum
$1.00 off when you buy two beggin strips/tbonz
.50 off when you buy 2 Pounce cat treats
$2.00 off Whiskas dry food for cats
$1.00 off Whiskas wet food for cats 10 pack.

$5.00 off Rapid Pet Bathing System

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Great Deal on Flea/heartworm preventative

Check out this great deal is offering right now. I just bought a 6 month supply of Sentinel, which is used to prevent fleas and worms by a pill for just 54.00! That's $9.00 a month for both flea AND worm prevention. Before my co-worker told me about this product I was paying 9.00 a month on just flea preventative. The costs will vary by your pet's weight. Mine fell into the 11-25lb category so here is what the deal looked like for me.

63.99 cost for a 6 month supply.
-5.00 offer through Petcarerx when you spend $35.00
this is applied automatically no code needed or use
-10.00 off with the code "clip439"
This is valid through 7-31-09
Free shipping for spending 35.00 dollars
Plus, I will earn 12% back through ebates on my purchase by using their link. Plus, they say I earned a 5.00 off my next purchase coupon.
They also have a pet points program where you earn points every purchase 1 point=1 dollar spent. You can also earn pet points by referring people to their website.

Depending on what you buy, you will need to enter your vet's information. It is simple and easy for you to do. My whole order took me about five minutes to place and that was because I kept popping open windows to find coupon codes. If you are not a member of ebates use my link on the right side to sign up! You'll get a bonus for signing up and so will I, which is what I call a win/win.

Low Cost Vaccinations!

TailSpin here in Savannah has partnered with Landmark Vet services to offer a low cost vaccination clinic this Saturday(July 11th) for Students, Seniors and Military personal. All shots will be just $10.00 each. 2 dogs per person is the limit and appointments sign in begins at 1:30pm. They will offer this great service from 2-4pm.
Go here for more information.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Deals and Coupons

Here is a recap of some ongoing deals.

Rite Aid has a $5.00 SCR on Hartz Ultra Plus flea preventative. Use the 2.00 off coupon here. If you are taking advantage of other SCR don't forget to use the $5.00 off your 25.00 purchase coupon here. Transfer a prescription(s) and get a 25.00 gift card to use!
If I could get the coupon to print(Smartsource refuses to believe my printer is set correctly) I would do this deal as I just used my last tube of K9 Advantix.

Get a $2.00 off Purina Puppy Chow coupon here. If you have a Meijer near you, this would be a great time to stock up on dog food. For the scoop go here, Mercedes over at Common Sense with Money has the details.

Do you have an adorable picture of your pet dressed up for the 4th of July? Great news, that picture could win you a year's supply of dog food. Go here for the details.

Also, at one of my CVS' I noticed they had dog treats marked down to .62 a bag. It didn't work into my deal scenario and I'm in the process of moving, so I didn't buy any. However, that is a great price point!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Weekly Deals

Milkbone treats are 2.39. Use the b1/g1 coupon from the 6/7 Redplum and get two boxes for 2.39!

Pupperoni treats are 2.39 use the 1.00 off coupon here and get a bag for 1.39.

Cesar dog food is 5/4.00. Use the B1/g1 coupon or the B2/G1 coupon(found at Kmart).
Pedigree 15lb bags are 10.69
Use the 1.50 or 2.00 off coupon from the 6/14 insert. The 2.00 off coupon I found at Publix.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pet Sitting

Currently right now I am pet sitting for my co-worker. She has quite the zoo which consists of a parrot, 2 dogs, 3 cats and fish. Add to that my pup and you can see I definitely have my hands full! However, I love it and enjoy every moment.

It did get me thinking though, what do you do when you go on vacation with your pet? There are several options to choose. Here are the ones I thought of while brainstorming.

1. Have a friend or family member watch your pet. This is my personal favorite.
2. Kennel or Pet resort
3. Pet sitting service
4. Bring your pet with you

Obviously each option has a certain level of cost and planning involved with it. Most kennels require proof of recent vaccinations as do Pet sitting services. Time is a large factor including how long you will be away and what hours the kennel or pet service are available. The biggest factor for us frugals would be cost. Friends or family would be the cheapest of the options because you could negotiate with them. I often trade services such as you watch my dog for x days and I will watch yours for x days. You could also agree on a minimum amount you pay per day, say $5.00. Here are some factors I use to determine what the best agreement would be.

1. Will it require you to go to their house or will their pet come to yours?
2. How many days?
3. How many pets you will be watching? One dog is very different than 2.
4. Does your pet have special needs like medicine or allergies?
5. How well do they get along with your pets?

If anyone else has any input please leave a comment!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rite Aid-Hartz Deal

This month Rite Aid has Hartz Flea Control as a Single Check Rebate(SCR)

Rebate #190
Valid from 06/28/09 to 07/25/09
$5.00 Rebate
Purchase One (1):
• Ultra Guard Pro Flea & Tick Drops

Get a 2.00 off coupon here for Hartz Ultra Guard Pro

Rite Aid also has a save $5.00 off your $25.00 purchase coupon available here.

You can use both coupons if your total comes to 25.00 dollars. Use the $5.00 off coupon first and then any additional coupons. Then save your receipt and submit for the rebate online on the Rite Aid website.