Tip #1: Realize that couponing only takes moments, not hours.
Tip #2: Utilize your printer.
Some of the best coupons I have come across have been printables I found online. Some great websites to keep in mind are:
Also from time to time companies will post coupons on their websites. Sometimes these coupons can be really high value coupons, so print them quickly! Oftentimes the better coupons have print limits, and once that is reached the coupon is no longer available.
Tip #3: Keep your eyes out for coupon sources.
Coupon sources are growing. We no longer have to rely on the Sunday paper, but can find coupons online, in stores, and even in magazines. One of my biggest tips is to keep your eyes open for coupons while you are out shopping. No, this does not mean stocking the aisles or buying 40 newspapers. It simply means keeping a lookout, just like you would for an incredible pair of shoes. On a recent trip to PetSmart I noticed that there were coupon displays in many of the aisles. I happen to be buying a bag of cat food, and there on the shelf below was a coupon for two free cans of food if I bought a bag. Had I not kept my eyes open I would have missed the coupon and the two free cans of food I got.
Tip #4: Match up coupons with store deals and promotions.
Tip #5: Email your pet food companies.
This took me a while to learn, and it may seem a little far fetched, but man oh man, how the savings rolled in! Many pet food companies have websites with contact emails. Simply send a quick note to them, either stating how much your pet enjoys the food or that you would like to switch your pet to their food. And then ask if they ever have coupons for their products, and if it would be possible for them to send you some. 9 times out of 10 the company is more than happy to do this, and I have gotten some incredible coupons this way. These coupons are sometimes higher value coupons, making your savings even greater for the minute it took you to type up an email.
Tip #6: Don't give up.
Pet food deals may not be as numerous as grocery deals, so be patient. It may take a while for you to get the hang of using coupons, or the products you use for your pet may not have frequent offers and deals (this is especially true of specialty foods). Keep looking though, because you don't want to miss that terrific deal when it does come along.