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PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription… Is it worth it?!

PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box

We got our first puppy in February and of course we want to spoil him! He is a 4 month old German Shepard mix named Ghost. I’ve been trying to find a monthly subscription box that would work for us. My goal with this monthly box was to help us try new things and always have a few new toys coming in. Plus, who wouldn’t love getting a big purple box in the mail to spoil your pet with? It’s like Christmas once a month for them (and lets be honest, us too!). There are a few different box options out there, but we chose PupBox! I liked what PupBox had to offer. They work a bit differently, in that each box is custom to YOUR dog. They send helpful training info based on your dogs breed and age, treats and toys based on age and how much of a chewer they are, as well as different accessories like travel water bottles, grooming supplies for your dogs specific coat type, training products and cleaning products. Some of these products can only be bought online, so you will get stuff you may have never seen before or thought to try. PupBox offers a few different plans for subscription. A 12 month plan (Best Value), 6 month plan, a 3 month plan and a month to month subscription. Head over to PupBox to grab your own monthly subscription. If you use my link, you will get 50% off your first months box with the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription!

*Disclaimer – These opinions are that of my own, I was not paid or endorsed by PupBox*

For our profile, we have 4 Months old – Short coat – Heavy chewer – Large breed dog. Each box will be specific to YOUR dogs profile. 

PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box

First Thoughts

Ghost was super excited to see his box. He wouldn’t leave it alone even though he had no idea what was in it.


PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box items inside

This month, our box had lots of goodies! Two toys which are a HARD rubber for heavy chewers, 2 bags of treats, a Bully Stick, 1 plush toy and a guide for his 4 month training and development (very informative!) I added up the retail cost of our items and it was over $44. I wanted to compare the price of the box to what the retail value is. Plus, shipping is free with your box.


PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box treats

I was pretty happy about getting the Natural Natural Puppy Teething Rings since Ghost is a heavy chewer and most treats don’t last very long with him! He absolutely went bonkers for the Wellness Soft Puppy Bites treats.


PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box chew toys

These are the two hard rubber toys. They seem really great for a dog who can rip anything apart. So far, so good. No holes in either! The ball lights up and has a very obnoxious squeak, so that is by far the favorite toy here.


PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Box training toys

The plush toy is SUPER cute. A little milk jug with 3 squeaking cookies! This one is softer and we will have to watch him with it or the cookies may actually get eaten. You can put threats inside the milk jug with the cookies and your dog can play with it to get them out. Ghost thought this was fun and he didn’t want to put it down. Below is the best picture I could snap of him with it because he was running around the house with it so much!



The last two items in our first box were the training and development sheet and a Bully Stick, which is from an online company called The Natural Dog Company. They seem to make a lot of great products, and Ghost loved his Bully Stick.


PupBox Subscription Box card for training


PupBox offers a few different plans for subscription. A 12 month plan (Best Value), 6 month plan, a 3 month plan and a month to month subscription. Head over to PupBox to grab your own monthly subscription. If you use my link, you will get 50% off your first months box with the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription!

Our overall thoughts.. So far, I love what we go in our first box. I think the toys are great for him because he wont kill them after 5 minutes of play and the treats are ones we have not tried yet. I’m looking forward to our next months box!

PupBox Monthly Dog Subscription Is It Worth It ! Check Out Our Review!

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5 Ways to Save at PetSmart!!


So many families have animals these days and lets be honest, they can get pretty expensive! Especially if you have more than a few. We currently have 4 cats, a dog and 6 fish aquariums. Food, supplies and equipment add up QUICK in our household. I have had to figure out the best ways to save on the things we need to keep our animals happy and healthy! Recently, I have realized that PetSmart offers a lot of deals and discounts that are not well known. They have a lot to offer, if you know where to look! In this post, I will explain how I get the best deals at PetSmart, and offer tips on how to get the most bang for your buck!


Lets start with #1 PetSmart Treats Rewards!

PetSmart offers a rewards program when you make an account in store or online. (This is FREE, by the way!) This rewards system is a point based system. Meaning, you get points back on how much you spend in store AND online. For every $1 you spend, you earn 8 points. When you get 1,000 points, you get $2.50 Treat Rewards back. Now, this may seem like you have to spend a lot, but you can also use coupons on top of this. So your pre-coupon total will count towards your rewards points. As a Treat Member, you will also receive exclusive email and in app coupons, special bonus point offers (which I will explain more below), a FREE surprise on your pets birthday, FREE shipping on orders over $49, and a FREE day of Doggy Day Camp when you purchase 10 days.

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Remember when I said you get special bonus offers for being a Treat Member? Each month, PetSmart has a few bonus offers where you earn 2x or 3x rewards for purchasing specific items. This month is 2x points back on any flea/tick medication for cats or dogs and 3x points back for purchasing any Merrick brand cat or dog items. (And you can use coupons on this too!) You can find the months bonus offer right in the app, or in store the products will be labeled. This is just an added bonus to products you already buy or have wanted to try. The points add up quicker than you’d think! Keep building your points or use them when you want. They do expire after a years time, so just keep that in mind.


#2 Way to Save – PetSmart Price Matches Competitors and Chewy!

PetSmart actually owns Chewy. Com and will price match any items you find on their website. I find this is especially helpful! Chewy prices are great and they offer fast and free shipping over $49, BUT you can price match the website in store, use coupons and get points back for being a treat member! (THREE ways to save on items you need!)

PetSmart price Match Policy below (or click HERE)-

Price Match Guarantee

Our Price Match Guarantee makes it easy for you to stock up on essentials for your pets.

In-Store Price Match Guarantee:

If you find a product that’s in stock at a PetSmart store for a lower price at a competitor’s store (excluding competitors’ online sites and catalogs), PetSmart will match the price as long as the identical product is in stock at our store. Proof of the lower price (receipt, advertisement or other confirmation) is required. We cannot match prices advertised at clearance, liquidation or other special events. We cannot match ‘free with purchase’ offers, ‘buy one get one free’ offers or rebates. Price matching is not valid on pets and services. See a Store Associate for additional details.

Online Price Match Guarantee:

Petsmart.com will match any competitor’s online everyday price for in-stock, identical products. We cannot match sale prices or prices advertised on Amazon, eBay, other auction sites or closeout/discount sites. Call Customer Care at 1-888-839-9638.


Here is a great example of price matching in store, and why I love taking advantage of it. In store, my dogs monthly flea medication is regularly $54.99 for a 4 month supply. However, Chewy has the same medication for $48.99. That’s a savings of $6 just for price matching. AND this month, I also got back double rewards points for buying these. Price matching is super simple. You just show your cashier the lower priced item and they will adjust the price at the register. Anything from food, toys and treats can all be price matched! So always look online to see if you can find the items you’re buying for a lower advertised price!

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#3 Way to Save – PetSmart Treat Trail Game!

This is probably one of the least known ways to save at PetSmart. In the PetSmart app, there is a game you can play called ‘Treat Trail’. Its a matching game to win coupons of various amounts. There are 3 levels to play, each one increasing in difficulty, but the harder the game the higher the coupon value. Once you win your coupons, they are good for 2 weeks. The coupons reset every 40 days. You can plan your trips around playing the game to get the most out of your coupons. The coupons you win can be $5 off $35, $30 off $100 etc or percentage off one item, usually 10%, 15% and 20%. This coupon can be combined with manufacture coupons, but NOT other PetSmart threshold coupons. (Like $10/$30 etc)

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#4 Way to Save at PetSmart – Clearance and Expiration Markdowns! 

When products are nearing their expiration date (sometimes it can be a month or two out), the manufacture is changing packaging or the store is simply getting rid of that brand product, items will be significantly marked down. I have seen some items as high as 90% off because of packaging changes! These discounted items can be scattered around the store, so its like a fun hunt to find them. I get a lot of my cats food this way, as well as dog treats. Anything in the store can be marked down at any time. If your store is close enough, pop in there often and you may find some great bargains!  These discounted items can also earn you Treat Reward points if they are a brand that is offering the bonus points too! (And don’t forget, you CAN use coupons on clearance items!)

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#5 Way to Save at PetSmart – PetSmart accepts competitor coupons!

PetSmart takes competitor coupons! This would include coupons from other pet stores as well, like PetCo. Below is their competitor coupon policy (to view full policy, click HERE)

Valid Competitors’ Coupons

We Gladly Accept

  • Coupons for the exact item being purchased
  • Coupons for dollars/cents off, % off, or Free for max item value
  • Buy one, get one (BOGO) coupons
  • Only physical printed coupons surrendered at the time of purchase
  • Coupons with a valid expiration date
  • Coupons with a visible barcode
  • Coupons in Black and White or Color

We Do Not Accept

  1. Coupons for items other than the exact item being purchased
  2. Coupons with missing or with an invalid expiration date
  3. Coupons copied or altered in any way
  4. Coupons identified as fraudulent and posted to Coupon Central
  5. Multiple redemptions on a single coupon
  6. Coupons without a visible barcode
  7. Coupons for services or live pets
    • These are not considered ‘like’ products/services because our live pets are Vet Assured and our Services Associates are specially certified as such
  8. Competitor coupons scanned on a mobile device
  9. Coupons for “while supplies last”, “First 100 in the door” or other door-buster coupons

5 Ways To Save At PetSmart You Didn't Know About

So those are the biggest ways to save at PetSmart! There are a few other things they offer that are great for pet parents as well.

For new puppy owners, they offer a great coupon book for $19.99. This book has a lot of info on the basic puppy 101 care and tips for success. The booklet also has some really high value coupons in it that can be used on various products around the store to help you prepare for your new family member. It also has coupons for play dates and training programs they offer in store. If you need help finding the booklets in your store, just ask an employee! In my store, they are kind of scattered throughout and up at the front registers.

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PetSmart also offers Puppy Play Dates! These puppy romps are not offered at all locations, so check to see if your store offers them. The play dates are Noon-2pm, once a month and cost is $10, BUT if you have the app, there is almost always a coupon on there to get the play date FREE of charge. My puppy recently did his first play date and he LOVED it. Ask an employee for the requirements of the play date. Its for puppies 10-16 weeks of age. At the end of the play date, you get a FREE bag of goodies to take home! Complete with a coupon book with decent coupons and full size samples.

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The last tip I have for shopping at Petsmart is to attend Sample Saturdays! These sample days are the first Saturday of every month. They offer all different food samples and coupons to take home and try. A great way to try new things with your pets or ask any questions about certain foods PetSmart offers. Check with your store for specific times of the event. Below is the month of Aprils samples. You also receive a coupon for an additional 100 Treat Rewards Points!


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Step by Step Tips for Successful Tie Dyeing!

If you’re crafty and LOVE a fun DIY project like me, these step by step tips are perfect for you! Tie dyeing is a super fun thing to do in the summer time (or any time for that matter!) I am not a professional at this by any means, but these steps are what I do and it works great for me. My end results are always very bright and colorful, and really don’t fade much. If you’re browsing through, it may seem a little overwhelming at first, but I promise its not! Each step is broken down for you to easily understand and follow. Every tie dye comes out a bit different, and experimenting is just part of the fun! In the steps below, I will be showing you a simple dye method called Ice Dyeing. Its used for giving a slightly different texture and color flow than the most common method, liquid dyeing. I will also be liquid dyeing one portion of this shirt!

What You Need:

  1. Rubber bands and/or zip ties
  2. Gloves
  3. Squeeze bottle
  4. Washable marker
  5. Natural Fiber item (100% Cotton, Hemp is best)
  6. Soda Ash mixture
  7. Professional grade powder dye

Step by Step Tips for Successful Tie Dyeing!

Lets start off with the basic supply list you’ll need to get started! Rubber bands (zip ties also work well for most projects!), gloves, narrow headed (basically a small hole at the top) squeeze bottle, and a washable marker. (I found these squeeze bottles in the kitchen section at WalMart for $0.98 cents. They are condiment holders) You’ll also need your dye, and your article of clothing or whatever you choose to dye. Natural fibers will take dye the best. 100% Cotton, Hemp, etc are best for these projects. I have dyed shirts that are only 80% cotton, and while they DO look okay, they are not as vibrant as they could be. I would avoid anything that is less than 80% natural fiber.

Continue reading “Step by Step Tips for Successful Tie Dyeing!”

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**HOT** FREE Bic Razors at Target!!!

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This deal is HOT! FREE Bic Soleil razors at Target this week with coupon and gift card promo! These razors are on sale for $5.49 and when you buy 2 packs you get a FREE $5 Target Gift Card.

Buy (2) Razor Packs – $10.98
Use (2) $3/1 BIC Disposable Razor Pack, exp. 8/20/18 (SS 08/05/18) [ETS; Limit of 2 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day; No Cash Back]

Pay – $4.98 at the register and get back your FREE $5 Target Gift Card!
Net Cost – FREE FREE FREE! Roll a previously earned Gift Card to have no OOP cost!

See more Target Deals!

Sign up for Target REDcard and save more! You can save an additional 5% on every transaction with your Target Red card!! Reminder, you can also get $0.05 cents off your total for every reusable shopping bag that you bring and use. Be sure to tell your cashier about it so she can scan the appropriate card for you! Join the Target Facebook Group. 


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Save on Paper Products at Target! Viva, Cottonelle, Kleenex and more!

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Viva paper towel is on sale for $9.79 for the 8pk. When you buy 2, you get a FREE $5 Target Gift Card!

Buy (2) Viva 8Pks – $19.58
Use (2) $0.75/1 Viva Regular or Vantage Paper Towels Printable
OR (2) $0.50/1 Viva Regular or Vantage Paper Towels, exp. 9/8/18 (SS 07/29/18 #2) [6-pk.+]

Pay – $18.08 at the register and get back your $5 Target Gift Card.
Net cost – $13.08 for both packs! Just $6.54 each!

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Scott 1000 is on sale for $11.19 per 15 pack, buy 2 get a $5 Target Gift Card.

Buy (2) Packs – $22.38
Use (2) $0.75/12 Scott 1000 Toilet Paper printable [12-rolls+]

Pay – $20.88 at the register and get back your FREE $5 Target Gift Card!
Net Cost – $15.88 for both packs! Thats just $7.94 per pack!

Continue reading “Save on Paper Products at Target! Viva, Cottonelle, Kleenex and more!”

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Pepsi only $.22 CENTS per can at Target!

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All Pepsi brand 12pk sodas are on sale this week for 3/$10. PLUS we have a high value Cartwheel offer making these just $2.67 each!

Buy (3) Pepsi brand 12pks – $10
Scan 20% off Pepsi Brands (Target Cartwheel) [12-ct.; 12 fl-oz. varieties]

Final Price – $8 for all 3 packs! Thats just $2.67 EACH!


See more Target Deals!

Sign up for Target REDcard and save more! You can save an additional 5% on every transaction with your Target Red card!! Reminder, you can also get $0.05 cents off your total for every reusable shopping bag that you bring and use. Be sure to tell your cashier about it so she can scan the appropriate card for you! Join the Target Facebook Group.