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    Default What Do You Do to Save Money?

    With the recession, almost everyone had to cut back on luxuries--including the animal side of things! I got to thinking, what does everyone do to save a bit of mulah? Whether it's homemade food for your dog, doing certain things yourself, etc.

    What I do:

    -- my own dogs' anal glands. Being a vet nurse, this is something I see all the time. And at an average rate of 24 bucks a pop to have them done, I'm glad I learned! Not the most pleasant of things.
    -- clipping my dogs' nails
    -- grooming them with my own kit (Wahl). With how often I clip Carl in spring/summer/early autumn (shaved to a number 10, he overheats ridiculously), this saves me a small fortune. (Not to mention, I can't stand stray flyaway hairs around the eyes/nose/ears.) If he starts looking a bit furry, I whip them out, and he's almost bald in a flash.
    -- buying food in bulk, and doing late night shopping sprees. Nothing beats the last minute price cuts at Coles late at night! I'm often found creeping around, buying sardines and mackerel in bulk... I do this with the raw food, too, then freeze and store. Lasts a month.

    So, what do you do?


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    I was unemployed for 2 months last year due to the GFC. Basically I lived on really cheap food and my dog's took priority, the only thing that changed for them was that they didn't get a rawhide to chew on every day, but it didn't matter because I was home with them.

    I think most vets (in Perth at least) will cut a dog's nails for free. Grooming for me is just lots of brushing with a bit of a trim for my BC.

    As for creeping around shops late at night.........I live in Perth, they shut at 6pm.....lol

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    Grooming is a huge one with poodles, I can't believe how much money people spend on grooming when it's so easy to do yourself!
    Nails and glands I do myself, or get help from my dad.

    I buy meat straight from the abbatoir, they have a wholesale shop. If I do have to buy from the supermarket it's always late at night when meat is marked down.

    Treats for the dogs get bought in bulk (sort of) When their favourite treat (choc chip scooby snacks) is on special I'll grab a few boxes and that lasts me until they are on special again.

    I buy a lot of generic brands for everything else. The majority of it is just repackaged 'good' brands anyway. Like Home-Brand canned peaches are really just SPC ones without the fancy label.
    Black and Gold bread is really Cripps Nubake bread in a plain bag.
    And would you believe Home-Brand frozen lasagna actually has a LOT more meat content in it than the fancy expensive brands.... I'd rather look stingy buying the $3 home-brand one than waste my money on the dry meatless $8 one.

    Yep... I'm a scrooge

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    I think if you made the lasagna yourself you would be better quality for money though. I don't think meat content means nice cuts of meat lol.

    You could make it in bulk and freeze it.


    I cook with legumes alot, in a mince dish I replace half with lentils. Healthier and no taste difference.
    Buy leos meat food direct from steggles.
    Fresh produce is brought from markets.
    Buy in bulk from cleaning places - toilet paper,cleaners,tissues. Our garage resembles a bomb bunker.
    Use my family contacts. Prescriptions/over the counter medicines are free through my Aunts.
    My cousin worked HR for Proter and Gamble so she still has cartons of quality products that she is happy to share.
    Looking forward to cost-co opening in syd soonish.

    Just wish the cost of renting would go down, will only continue to rise I know.


    Is it a nessicity to do a dogs anal glands?
    Last edited by rebec; 08-07-2010 at 07:53 AM. Reason: eta

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    For pets:
    • Flea and worming tablets-I buy bigger dog tablets and give to two my small dogs. (I contacted two companies and they said it was ok to do so) it is quite saving
    • I hardly use shampoo but use bicarbonate soda from time to time and use diluted mint tea for rinsing-very good for fleas
    • I do not buy commercially available treats-Liver/Egg/Tofu treats I make by myself when I use oven
    • I and my oh groom dogs as both dogs requires grooming
    • I make dog toys sometimes out of old clothes-balls coming from dog events and cricket balls for my mini sch are from cricket ground near by
    • Bones from chinese butcher for 60-90 cents/kilo
    • I use supermarket brand kibbles when beneful/supercoat are discounted-I don’t buy tin food for dogs

    For the rest:
    • I don’t buy surface spray for cleaning any more-use vinegar+water+little liquid washing detergent in recycling bottle and you can’t believe how well it works. For stubborn stain, I use a little bit of dish washer powder from Aldi or bicarbonate paste directly to the stain
    • I don’t use dryer if I can help (nil this winter!!!!)
    • Meat is from a whole sale butcher and vegies from green and asian grocer-I hate going Westfield or leading super markets

    Hi Rebec, Anal gland expressing-if a dog is younger, you may get away with not doing it but older one really needs it IMO. It is not pleasant and dogs also need to get used to it. Therefore start early!!!
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I got lucky, working in an engineering firm we didn't get the recession, if anything we had more work, which means more overtime for me.

    But i do buy everything in bulk, meat especially, we have a chest freezer set aside for fish and bones.

    We also have a friend who has a culling permit, so its bambi and roo from him and salmon from another friend (yes my dogs eat salmon)

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread - James is an absolute money pit. Currently the only saving done here is keeping an eye out for his dry food on sale, although that rarely works as it's forever sold out.

    Luckily he doesn't need professional grooming and his nails have never been long enough to need trimming.

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    Rebec, yep, would be a lot better to do home-made but OH works 12 hour night shifts, so it's easier just to chuck a frozen dinner in his lunch pack to microwave, then he can just throw out the tray and it means less washing up for me

    Oh yeah, worming tablets, I always buy bigger dog ones too and cut them up, saves a bundle. Buy them online too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJay View Post
    I got lucky, working in an engineering firm we didn't get the recession, if anything we had more work, which means more overtime for me.

    But i do buy everything in bulk, meat especially, we have a chest freezer set aside for fish and bones.

    We also have a friend who has a culling permit, so its bambi and roo from him and salmon from another friend (yes my dogs eat salmon)
    My dogs get sashimi grade salmon skin. Human gets meaty part!!!
    Your dog is very lucky.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Rebec, yep, would be a lot better to do home-made but OH works 12 hour night shifts, so it's easier just to chuck a frozen dinner in his lunch pack to microwave, then he can just throw out the tray and it means less washing up for me

    Oh yeah, worming tablets, I always buy bigger dog ones too and cut them up, saves a bundle. Buy them online too.
    I guess I just had too much time on my hands then. I would cook it then section into tupperware containers and freeze. Same reheat time.

    Less washing up is always good.

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