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ok so i need to know where to get cheap stuff for the pup.
i was going to buy some hearworm and flea stuff this week but i cant, toys are a big one too. he only has two left (which is a surprise)

i found out yesterday night that i am layed off my job because of cut back.. they pay wasnt good to begin with but now im screwed...

i need ideas diesel needs food pretty soon and things like that and if i thought i was hurting for money before....
 

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We're big fans of Goodwill for stuffed toys. They often have sales when you can get a large bag for $1 or less. At the rate our boys go through toys, we'd go broke if we bought them elsewhere.


I'm sorry to read about your job loss.
Hopefully, you're eligible for unemployment benefits until you can find something new.
 

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DI is great for stuffed animals here in Utah. It's the only place to get them since they never last long around my home.

I am so sorry to hear that you lost your job. Our economy has faired better here in Utah than most other places, but you are the 2nd person I have heard that has been affected by a lay off in the last 2 days.

If you have a Costco membership you can get a 40lbs bag of dog food that scores well on the food test. I can't remember what we pay, but I know that it is less expensive there than some other options.

Good luck to you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that a new job comes your way soon.
 

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I wouldn't worry about toys for now - the dogs don't need them, they aren't a necessity like food or heartworm, so I'd save your money and make your own toys (get some old t-shirts, rip them up and plait them so they are like a tug!). I'd save all your money for dog food and necessities.

If you're strapped for cash you can also make your own dog food - I have recently switched mine to 100% raw, not to save money, but because all the research I did indicated its more biologically appropriate than dried food anyway... you can feed your dogs things like lamb necks, chicken frames, wings, necks etc for as little as $2 a kg. I'm also making up a mix of my own food today, that will include chicken mince, natural yoghurt, sardines and carrot. Cheap and easy!
 

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Many shelters and rescues will give you pet food. Our food bank also has pet food available. My teenage daughter volunteers at the food bank. They started giving out Thanksgivng meals on Sunday and had four times as many clients as they did on the same day last year. Our local pet stores donate overstock and bags that are slightly damaged to the food bank. Much of the food is good quality.
This is a tough time of year to be laid off. I hope everything works out.
 

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You also might want to check with vets and pet stores if they have any expired or about to expire food. They might give it to you or sell it at a really reduced price. Hope something works out. My husband also lost a really good client last week when they had to severely cut back and combine groups and services. Positive vibes coming your way better times.
 

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I am sorry to hear about your lay off.I used to work at petsmart and alot of times when the food was close to expiring,I think about 1-2 months left we would mark it down up to 60% off.
I hope you can get back on your feet soon.
 

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One of the favorite things that my kids LOVE to play with - empty coke bottles - or water bottles, any kind of plastic bottle - they think they're the greatest things ever. Our local thrift store also sells bags of stuffed toys for about 50 cents. The dogs don't care that they're used - they rip up just as well as new ones
- I just don't buy them stuffed toys much any more - got tired of picking up the stuffing!

Costco is a great source for good quality food - their Kirkland brand lamb and rice is very highly rated, and it's less than half what I pay for Nutro Natural Choice. If I lived closer to a Costco that's what I'd buy. The last bag of Nutro I bought was up to $44 - and that lasts roughly 2 weeks for the ten-pack. The last time I was able to get the Kirkland brand it was about $20, but it's probably gone up too.

Smeagle is right about raw feeding - it is economical <span style="text-decoration: underline">if</span> you can get your ingredients cheaply enough - unfortunately here chicken necks and backs are 89 cents/lb - and with 10 dogs, it's not cheap to raw feed.

Good luck! Hopefully something good will come along for you SOON. I just lost one of my clients, too - I only had him for 27 hours a month - but it makes a difference of about $200 in my paychecks. Guess I'll be eating even more Ramen noodles
- fortunately I don't mind them with lots of veggies.
 

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Originally Posted By: beaglesmom

Smeagle is right about raw feeding - it is economical <span style="text-decoration: underline">if</span> you can get your ingredients cheaply enough - unfortunately here chicken necks and backs are 89 cents/lb - and with 10 dogs, it's not cheap to raw feed.
Wow that would be exxy!

Here raw is cheap and relatively easier to buy in bulk, no idea what its like in the US.

I know many a breeder who feeds raw because it is cheaper than buying the super premium dog food brands - even Royal Canin is more than $100 for a 12-15 kg bag here. So for those who can get their raw in bulk it works out much cheaper.

I bought four chicken frames (aka carcasses) for $2 a couple of days ago, and that was just from the butcher (so it wasn't a bulk buy).

ETA: In the OP's case, I assumed she was just feeding one dog - in which case feeding raw is probably cheaper than buying high quality dog food.
 

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Sorry to hear about your job loss, hope you find another one soon. Toys are not as important as food and health care. Here one can get free treatment at the veterinary universities, who have a day clinic.If you have similar places then maybe they can also let you know where you can buy cheap dog food.
Thinking of you and good luck
 

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Smeagle, I can only buy chicken backs and necks in bulk (20# lots) here and have to order them well in advance - the last time I bought them the prices were 89 cents/lb. Vegetables here are extremely expensive too (I don't know how they expect people to eat 5 a day or whatever it is they suggest). I'm 69 years old and have to supplement by social security by working as a caregiver for OTHER seniors. I'd love to raw feed but can't afford it for this pack. And you're right - if I had one or two dogs, I'd probably raw feed again, too, but with this pack, they have to be satisfied with an occasional back or neck as a treat.
As far as free vet care at universities - we DO have a major teaching vet hospital about 15 miles from my home, but free they are not. They are more expensive than going to outside specialists. My vet doesn't even recommend them, and he graduated from there. About the only thing they do free is to work with shelters on spaying/neutering puppies. From what I understand they order about $3000 worth of tests before they'll even talk to you.
 

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Go to Petcarechoice.com for meds. They have the cheapest price on Frontline and HartGard (it's a generic version, but it's only $15 for 6 months!).

Hope things look up for you soon. What a sucky time to get laid off. I'm sorry.
 
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