INSIDE COSTCO // BUYING SMART
by WENDY IRVINE
o matter the species, we love
our animals, and in return they
infuse our lives with joy. Yet all
that bliss comes with a not-so-
cute bottom line.
If we’re to believe the American Pet
Products Association’s stats from ;;;;,
;; percent of us are devoted to an animal. But those sweet furry family members are chewing through our budgets at
a rate of ;;;.;; billion a year.
Which is where Costco sits smack in
the winner’s circle of pet savings.
Our River runs through it
We adopted our German shepherd,
River, when he was ;.
Family life suited River: He soared
over baby gates (terrifying the cat),
detected crumbs of food from rooms
away and tracked our kids as prime food
sources. He pillaged our pantry and trash
cans. Our bills for the veterinarian, meds,
food and so forth skyrocketed.
Costco to the rescue
One day, at an Atlanta dog park, I
met fellow dog enthusiast and Costco
member Jane Brisson, whose advice was
about to save my children’s college funds.
She explained that her three shepherds all eat a combination of dry and
wet Nature’s Domain dog food. “Costco’s
pet food is both highly rated and reasonably priced,” she told me.
I embarked on a Costco research trip,
Adding up the savings
on pet products and
prescriptions at Costco
and on Costco.com
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