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post #11 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 05:43 AM
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I know it sounds a bit silly, but I find that buying more expensive things tend to save me money.

I used to buy the cheapest or what was on sale but I'd never be quite happy with it, so the next time there was a sale I'd replace, or buy something else when I just couldn't stand it anymore. Now I research online and instore to find what I really want and what will actually work well for me, and save if I have to. I can order it in, buy it in store or buy it online but I get what I want the first time, and in the long run it saves me.

I also don't buy much horse stuff. I'll buy human brushes and combs, human shampoo etc.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 11:55 AM
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I'm sure most know this one: Buy your horse first aid meds! Treating a small problem properly will prevent you from having to pay for big problems down the road most of the time. I've read stories here about people who's horses have gotten a scratch or wound and the owner didn't have basic supplies to treat it. Always have basic supplies!

Tip #2: Instead of buying those expensive treats, learn to make homemade treats or grow your own little garden with horse-safe treats. That way, you'll know what's in them and can make sure you're feeding healthy.

Tip #3: I've been homeless before with pets (family took care of cats; I kept dog with me for protection). Once I got on my feet again, I told myself that I would put away money every month to buy gift cards to various stores such as Ross (for when I need to buy new jeans because the old ones wore out), King Soopers for food, and most importantly PetSmart and PetCo for basic cat and dog needs. Even after saving $5 here and $20 there, it adds up. I put them on a gift card so I can't spend the money anywhere else and now in the future if things get bad again, I know that I can take care of my pets for at least a little while.
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 01:34 PM
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I shop online and keep an eye out for coupon codes. I also keep a list of "consumables" (items that need to be replaced), so I know what items I need and can stock up when I find a good deal.

And, like another poster, I don't buy "cheap". I try to purchase good quality and take care of it so it lasts longer. We also have 2 of almost everything. I have our barn/home stuff and our show supplies. Believe it or not, it keeps our stuff from wearing out as fast or getting lost.
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-05-2013, 11:44 PM
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At the ranch my horse is at, we are about the most frugal bunch you ever seen... Still adds up though.

If you buy blankets, sheets, etc from Snyders, and it tears, they send you free mending tape. Ditto on buckles that break...

We buy quantity of supplies like fly spray, so we all get a better deal. And nobody runs out, ever, haha.

Treats = a big bag of peanuts in the shell, costs about $2 and could feed a small country.

Oh, our rubber boots are always cracking. Go to the tire shop and they will give you a patch.

One lady uses Avon skin-so-soft on her mare for fly spray... Can't be that inexpensive though!

That's all that comes to mind... Keep the good ideas coming, we love to save money... To buy more horse stuff!
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-06-2013, 11:36 AM
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I clean my horse blankets with the pressure washer instead of sending them out or going to a laundry matt, and hang dry on the paddock fence (you get a bonus despooking session if it windy). Fishing line is good for stitching up rips.
I buy used high end brand tack instead of cheap new tack as it lasts much longer if you care for it (kijjij is your friend) - quality tack will last decades, greenhawk specials not so long.
simplify your feed - a lot of supplements are not necessary if you feed good quality hay, ditto for a lot of potions, lotions, and hoof dressings - elbow grease and good hay will work better.
a breeder friend makes rope halters herself - custom fit and a roll of rope costs less than a single brand name rope halter.
When I lived near a vegetable growing area you could get 50lb bags of no 2 carrots (big and/or misshapen) for $6 , arrowroot cookies make good treats too, store well and no sticky molasses
I do admit the biggest money saver for me was becoming a farrier!
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