Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dog toys don't have to be expensive

Dog toys at the pet store are cute and fun, but usually end up as stuffing bits all over the house. My dogs have a ton of toys, and none of them cost more than $5.

Sales are a great place to start and most pet stores have a clearance bin. Pet Supplies Plus, PetSmart, Petco and many on-line dealers usually have great toys at discounted prices, you just need to shop around. Meijer and Target also have $2, $3, $4 and $5 bins. I've also found some great items at Dollar Tree, but it's hit or miss. When I find something cool there, I get several at a time.

One place that people don't usually think to look is at your second hand stores, like Value World and the Salvation Army. Most carry used kids' toys, so I search for the perfect sized stuffed animal, and it usually only costs .25¢ or .50¢. Just keep safety in mind when shopping. You'll want to look the toy over thoroughly for any holes, loose pieces that your dog could swallow and you never want any beanbag items (stuffing ONLY). It's basically the same you would do when buying baby toys, because they both put everything in their mouth, so watch for any choking hazards.

My dogs love stuffed animals and small tennis balls. They don't care where it came from, how much it cost or what brand it is. All they care about is the FUN!

1 comment:

  1. Nice post.!! I too got some cute dog toys from Petco at very discounted prices.