Pet owners are sure to have their local PetSmart store in heavy rotation on their errands run. If you find yourself consistently walking out of the pet goods store having spent way more money than you expected to on Fido or Mr. Bigglesworth, you could probably stand to use some of these cost-cutting tricks before your next outing.
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Here are 15 ways to save at PetSmart!
1. Sign up for auto ship
Customers who sign up for PetSmart’s auto ship program can have products delivered to their home at the frequency of their choosing. Items in these orders ship for free, plus they save 20% on their initial order and 5% on all recurring orders.
2. Apply for the PetPerks rewards program
Sign up for PetSmart’s PetPerks Rewards program and you’ll receive discounts on your in-store purchases, as well as coupons sent to you in the mail.
3. Use a rewards credit card
That way, you’ll at least earn rewards on the stuff you’re buying your furbaby. PetSmart doesn’t offer a store-branded credit card, but there are plenty of solid cash back credit cards out there that’ll help maximize your spending.
Just be sure you pay your balances off in full. Otherwise, this strategy won’t work as planned — your rewards will just get lost to interest. (You can see how your credit card balances are affecting your credit by viewing your free credit report snapshot on Credit.com.)
4. Shop the sales
Always check out the sales section of the site to see if your pet’s favorite items are being offered at a discount.
5. Check out the generic pharmacy options
PetSmart makes shopping for your pet’s medical needs easy through their pharmacy, but you’ll save even more by shopping the generic section of the site. (Be sure to consult with your vet before doing so.)
6. Cash in on your pet’s birthday
As part of PetSmart’s PetPerks program, you’ll receive a coupon for a free treat on your pet’s birthday — be sure to use it before it expires!
7. Catch the friends & family event
Check back every June for PetSmart’s big Friends & Family event to cash in on extra savings.
8. Find promo codes & printable coupons available online
Use sites like Groupon, Coupon Cabin, Retail Me Not and Coupon4all to score extra promo codes for online shopping or printable coupons to take into the store.
9. Try booking grooming sessions during off hours
PetSmart often runs specials on their grooming services when you book at off-peak times. Check their grooming section regularly for these offers or ask in the store.
10. Click through to their local ad
Occasionally PetSmart will offer special promotions through their local ad, which they also post online. Be sure to check the link frequently for posted deals.
11. Search for manufacturer’s coupons
PetSmart will accept these as well, so be sure to bring them with you when you shop.
12. Bring in a competitor coupon
PetSmart will accept competitor coupons on the same products, as long as they follow this criteria.
13. Use social media
PetSmart often posts its most recent deals on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow them.
14. Buy discounted gift cards
Check out sites like Gift Card Granny to purchase PetSmart gift cards at discounted prices.
15. Read your receipt
PetSmart will often print coupons at the bottom of your in-store receipts, so be sure to read them before you throw them out.
This article originally appeared on Credit.com.
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