Keep your pets fed for less with these paw-some tips and tricks

KEEP your furry friends fed well for less with these paw-some tips and tricks.

As any owner will know, food is one of the biggest expenses for a pet.

Try my tips for cutting the cost while still keeping your beloved pooch or moggy satisfied . . . 

DITCH THE BIG BRANDS: Buying the most expensive brand of pet food doesn’t automatically mean it is better for them. Most pet foods contain similar ingredients, so ditch the big brands in favour of cheaper supermarket versions. At Asda, you can pick up a 3kg bag of its Hero beef dry adult dog food for £3. That is half the price of Bakers’ version, which normally costs £6 for the same size of bag.

SAVING: £3 a bag

BUY IN BULK: Providing you have the storage space, stocking up on the biggest bag of food available will save you money in the long run. Take a look at the price per kg or per 100g to make sure you are getting the best value. And don’t forgetto check if the food has a long shelf-life.

SAVING: £8 a month

MAKE YOUR OWN: Being your pet’s personal chef can save a decent chunk of cash and you don’t need to be overly creative to do so. Many homemade pet food recipes use simple ingredients such as rice, carrots and beans. But always make sure it is nutritionally balanced. You could mix a homemade meal with bought dry food to give your pet extra vitamins and minerals while still saving money.

SAVING: £10 a month

LOOK FOR DISCOUNTS: Keep an eye out for money-off vouchers or cashback offers as you spend. Also, sign up for loyalty schemes such as the Pets At Home VIP Club, which gives tailored offers on food and other products.

SAVING: Ten per cent off online and in store

  •  PRICES correct at time of press. Deals/offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

GET a warming taste of autumn with Bombay Bramble gin – now £18 at Asda, down from £23.

SAVE: £5

Cheap treat

STOCK up on stocking fillers early with Terry’s Chocolate Orange now half-price at Morrisons, just £1.

SAVE: £1

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FILL your home with a beautiful scent – and a bit of bling – with Dunelm’s reed diffuser, above, for £8. Or go to B&M and pick up the £4 disco ball version, below.

SAVE: £4

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