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Make your own dog food and save

Dog eating dried food from bowl

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Pets are not people, but you might not know that from pet food advertising. If it seems like it’s much easier to bust your budget feeding Buster nowadays, you’re right. Companies are lining up to take the money of pet owners with premium pet food aimed mostly at dogs.

According to the American Pet Products Association, dogs are king of the pets with 56.7 million households housing at least one dog versus 45.3 million households with cats. Americans spent $58.51 billion on their pets last year, the association reported.

That leaves a lot of room for saving. Each week, one of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is reporting on a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I made my own organic dog food to see how much I could save and to share my experience with you. See what happened.