I had no idea that 75% of people own dogs and 50% own cats, which makes an April 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine on the cheapest place to buy pet food super relevant. The mag’s secret shoppers compared prices of 23 items and found:
- Target and Walmart have the best prices on pet good and supplies – about 20% lower than grocery stores
- Grocery stores never had the highest prices, however, so if convenience is important…
- PetSmart beat PetCo by an average of 13%
- Home delivery from online sites will cost you – about 50% more than at Target and Walmart. ShopSmart found some of the highest prices at PetFoodDirect.com and Petco.
As for prices on specific items, here are the best prices on eight popular pet items.
9 Lives Shredded – $.36 at Walmart
Alpo Prime Slices – $.64-.$65 at Target or Walmart
Iams ProActive Health – $1.20 at Walmart
Kibbles ‘n Bits Original – $10.42 at Walmart
Meow Mix Original Choice – $3.97-$3.99 at Target or Walmart
Milk-Bone dog treats – $2.53 at Walmart
Purina Beneful Original – $14.18 at Target
Tidy Cats Scoop cat litter – $7.71 at Walmart
Tip: Despite the recession, we spent as much on our pets last year as in past years. Each month, we spend $36 on food and treats for dogs, and $20 for cats. Plus each year vet bills, shots and other expenses add up to $209 for dogs and $151 for cats.