I came across this article today http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/lifestyle/2014/03/04/28-ways-to-save-big-bucks-on-pet-supplies/?cid=hero_media on ways to save on pet supplies. Several points listed I already do (or have done) but the discounted gift card idea caught my eye. I have heard of these discounted gift card sites, but never have checked into them.
One of our dogs (due to allergies) eats an expensive brand of dog food (Blue Buffalo) that usually runs $55 for a 30lb bag. The only 2 places around here that carry it is Petsmart or Petco. I usually get it at Petsmart, just because it's the closer store. Once in awhile it's on sale for about $5 less.
I used giftcardgranny.com to search and found a Petco gift card with a balance of $66.93 with a 25.5% discount, making it $49.86 (with free shipping). I also paid for it with my Paypal debit rewards card, saving an additional 1%. Needless to say, scoring a 26.5% discount on this dog food makes my day! I will definitely have to check out this site regularly to purchase discounted gift cards I can use towards this dog food. It seems it would also pay to check out gift cards for other stores, if I know I will have a purchase coming up. Gift cards to stores like Lowe's and Home Depot seem to run about 10-13% off. Could make for some nice savings on all our yard maintenance purchases we make throughout the summer.