I began feeding my pups raw dog food in 2015. Since then, I’ve learned a thing or two (or three or four!), like:
- Understanding the importance of rotating proteins
- Finding out about different raw dog food providers, and
- Learning how to navigate their price jungle.
That being said, here are my top four tips of how to keep raw feeding your dogs affordable:
Tip 1: Order/Buy Raw Dog Food In Bulk
This is without doubt my number 1 tip for saving on a raw meat diet. Order in bulk whenever you can and you’ll save hundreds of dollars on raw dog food.
I’m the proud owner of a 5.1 cubic feet freezer chest! I only paid $205 and found this sweet deal on Amazon, along with free 2 day shipping thanks to my Prime membership.
55 lbs of raw dog food for $260 (includes $30 shipping)
One time, I was browsing Raw Paws Pet Food’s website and came across a bulk offer for their complete raw lamb, a fairly expensive protein – 64 lb of it for $350, which translates into $5.40 per lb.
The lowest price I can find on raw lamb at my local grocery store is $4.99 when it’s on sale. The regular price for 1 lb of ground lamb at said grocery store is $6.99. You better believe that I stock up on it whenever it IS on sale!!
A Bulk Order of 60 lb of Raw Chicken & Beef for $287.88 from Raw Paws Pet Food
Bulk Order Of 56 lb of Higher Fat Ground Beef for $195.72 From Raws Paws Pet Food
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Tip 2: Sign Up For Newsletters To Get Promotional Deals & Select Autoship for Discounts on Raw Dog Food
Tip number 2 consists of signing up for newsletters from different raw dog food brands to get notified of any promotional deals. Brands whose newsletters I follow are Raw Paws Pet Food, The Honest Kitchen, and Boo Boo’s Best.
I also subscribe to a local pet food retailer here in the Fayetteville, NC area, Naturally Unleashed. They sell raw dog food and have discounted meat sales on a regular basis.
Promotional Deal In Raw Paws Pet Food Newsletter
Promotional Deal In The Honest Kitchen Newsletter
Promotional Deal In Boo Boo's Best Newsletter
Early 2019 find: New raw dog food company CaliRaw offers 5% savings when selecting their monthly autoship option on CaliRaw.com. They also offer a $30 discount off your first box with discount code NY2020 at checkout.
Tip 3: Check For Discount Programs with Raw Dog Food Providers (Pet Professionals, Affiliates, Referrals)
Tip number 3 can save you $$$ by applying for specific discount programs with raw dog food providers such as affiliate or referral programs or programs that offer you a discount for working in the pet industry.
Raw Paws Pet Food has an affiliate program for bloggers I participate in which manifests itself in form of banners you see on my website.
Whenever a reader makes a raw dog food purchase by clicking on a Raw Paws Pet Food banner on my blog or when they use my discount code K9Savings, I get a small percentage of that purchase, sort of like a commission.
Darwin’s Pet has a discount program for raw feeders who work in the pet industry. Pretty nifty, if you ask me.
Tip 4: Check Local Grocery Store For Deals On Expiring Raw Meats
Tip number 4 is fairly self-explanatory. It pays off to purchase discounted raw meats that will expire soon. Whenever I notice a yellow sticker on meat packaging at the grocery store, I buy it and either use it right away or freeze it until I need it.
Grocery Store Deal: 23 lb of raw meat for $37
This is a great, inexpensive way of getting our paws on raw meaty bones such as chicken wings, drumsticks & leg quarters, as well as turkey necks & drumsticks. They make up 10% of the raw feeding equation and make wonderful natural toothbrushes. [I do buy duck necks from Darwin’s and from Raw Feeding Miami for the sake of rotating meaty bone proteins].
Check out my post Keeping Raw Dog Food Affordable With Turkey Deals After The Holidays.
You can also find inexpensive cuts of raw meat at Walmart. I’ve found raw beef tongues, ox tails, chicken feet & turkey necks at the discount giant, and have dedicated an entire blog post to preparing raw meals with ingredients from Walmart.
Check out this post on That Mutt where I contribute raw dog food related blog posts twice a month:
Bonus Tips for Saving on Raw Dog Food
Thinking outside the box can help you save a few dollars on raw dog food here & there as well.
I already briefly mentioned that I supported Balanced Blends on Kickstarter. I pledged $50 towards their campaign in early May and received 20 lb of their raw beef formula at a fraction of the full price in return ~ essentially 20 lb for the $50 I pledged instead of the retail price of $140.
In addition, I will be getting an additional 5 lb for free for every 20 lb of raw dog food I order for the next 3 months, and shipping is free as well.
That’s a really good deal for a complete & balanced meal that has already been put together for me, following the 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver and 5% other organ raw feeding formula.
My point here is that it can pay off to look for (raw) pet food campaigns on platforms such as Kickstarter and see what the reward is for pledging a certain dollar amount in support of their campaign.
I just did a search for “pet food” on Kickstarter and found the Balanced Blends campaign as well as a kibble campaign. While I won’t support the kibble campaign because I no longer feed dry dog food, it’s always interesting to see if any new brands are emerging on the pet food horizon and whether or not we as pet parents can profit a little from a campaign launch.
Search Results For Pet Food On Kickstarter
Another good source for special deals & coupon codes for raw dog food is Instagram. When browsing the hashtag #rawfeeding, I came across a 15% off deal from reelRAW on a raw feeder’s account. I actually forgot to take a screenshot, but did write the discount down, old school…ALLIE15.
Also see about ordering raw dog food together with a fellow raw feeder. You’ll be able to share shipping costs if you order from an online raw dog food retailer such as Raw Feeding Miami.
This particular company also has a loyalty reward program for their customers, where points earned for orders can be put towards discounts on future raw dog food orders.
Update 2020: I can now offer you 15% off your raw dog food order from Raw Feeding Miami. Simply use this link to apply it to your order!
Feeding my former two large dogs a healthy, raw diet didn’t break the bank. It stayed affordable because I compared prices and stayed on top of special offers and discounts from a variety of raw dog food providers, including shopping for raw meats on sale at the grocery store. I continue to do the same for my current pup Wally, my 38 lb Feist mix.
When you do the math, it’s really not any more expensive than purchasing a high quality, grain-free kibble brand such as Orijen ($119.99 for a 28.6 lb bag), Solid Gold Barking At The Moon ($94.99 for a 24 lb bag), or Annamaet ($106.19 for a 30 lb bag).
…I’m not gonna lie, it’s also exciting and rewarding whenever I find a new deal or make a repeat purchase at a discount for what I do for a living.
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