How To Save at PetSmart Every Time You Shop
Pets bring so much joy, humor, love, comfort, and (OK let’s admit it) occasional hijinx to your home. They truly can be therapeutic, easing loneliness, reducing stress, making us laugh and getting us moving. So when it comes to treats, toys, grooming and supplies, we want to give them the very best — except the very best can get pretty expensive. Finding top-quality items on a budget can be a real challenge when you’re looking to spoil your furry BFFs.
That’s why big-box retailers like PetSmart are so useful. They have a wide stock of well-priced, high-quality products available both in-store and online for all kinds of different pets, as well as pet boarding, veterinary services and grooming facilities. With plenty of sales and promotions (and a great Rewards program to boot), there are many ways to cut down the cost of your pet expenses. You just need to know where (and more importantly, when) to look for PetSmart deals.
There are a lot of simple ways to save every day at PetSmart. For example, there are a few ways you can easily save on shipping costs. Choose free in-store pickup or curbside pickup, or you can use the store’s Same-Day Delivery (if you live near a store) to save. If you find the same item for less at a competitor, you can use PetSmart’s price-match guarantee to adjust the price. In addition, for supplies that you buy regularly, you can save by signing up for the AutoShip program.
We’ve compiled a list of tips to score savings, access discounts and find special promotions at PetSmart, so you can make sure you are maximizing your savings. Here’s how to spoil your pet without breaking the bank.
1. Sign Up for PetSmart Membership Rewards
One of the easiest ways to save at PetSmart is by joining their PetSmart Treats loyalty program. It’s free to join and you can sign up online or in-store. You’ll quickly earn points that can be redeemed for savings.
- A free surprise on your pet’s birthday.
- Free shipping on all orders over $49.
- One free Doggie Day Camp session when you buy 10 sessions.
- Earn points for every $1 you spend in-store or online, including PetSmart grooming services, the PetsHotel, Doggie Day Camp and Dog Training. You can also earn points if you donate to PetSmart Charities.
- $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more in the pharmacy with a Treats membership.
- Earn 8 points for every dollar spent. After you reach 1,000 points you’ll get a $2.50 discount. While 8 for $1 is typical, point earning rates may vary depending on where you live. Log into your Treats account to see local point earning options in your region.
Membership points can be easily tracked in the mobile app and redeemed through the app in-store. In addition, as a loyalty member, you’ll receive extra offers via email, bonus points for filling out your profile and special bonus point offers. Although PetSmart doesn’t offer a store-branded credit card like other stores, its loyalty reward program gives you access to the best deals.
2. Use PetSmart Auto Ship
If you order pet food regularly, you can save money off the retail price by signing up for AutoShip within your PetSmart account or when you’re shopping online. PetSmart Auto Ship lets you schedule regular purchases and deliveries on the items you need to reorder all the time, like pet food, cat litter and more. Auto Ship perks include:
- An initial 35% sign-up discount, then 5% off all future orders.
- Manage your AutoShip orders by visiting the AutoShip tab in your PetSmart account.
- It’s easy to change your delivery date and adjust your order up to 24 hours before it’s scheduled to ship. That means you can skip a delivery or cancel the order if you’re already well-stocked.
3. Adopt a Pet from PetSmart During National Adoption Days
When you adopt a homeless pet through PetSmart or online, you can bring your adoption papers and receive a free Welcome Home Guide. Plus, get coupons to save over $450 on everything you need for your newly adopted friend.
National Adoption Days are Nov. 7 through Nov. 13
4. Check RetailMeNot for Promo Codes
You can bookmark the RetailMeNot pages of the stores you frequent, to quickly discover the latest promos and sales. Check the RetailMeNot PetSmart store page for all the current promo information, including current Cash Back offers.
5. Sign Up for Emails + Text Messages
Sign up for PetSmart emails (or the Treats rewards loyalty program) and you’ll receive their latest deals, promotions and coupons that you can print out at home. And sign up for PetSmart’s Mobile Messages to get more exclusive deals and promo codes sent right to your phone.
6. Check Out Your Local PetSmart Ad
Check the local ads online or the printed ads stacked at the front of the store. You can find all current sales listed in the print ad, as well as physical coupons you can use.
7. Check Your PetSmart Receipt
PetSmart prints coupons on receipts, so check yours before tossing it for a future discount you can use next time you go into the store.
8. Check the PetSmart Website
Check the Deals Menu on the homepage of the PetSmart website. We love that you can Shop All Deals or filter Deals by Pet type (Cat, Dog, Reptile, Fish, Bird, or Small Pet). Look on the website for Monthly Services offers to see the latest promotions for pet services at your local PetSmart.
9. Follow PetSmart’s Social Media for Special Offers
10. Bring in Manufacturer or Competitor Coupons
Save your manufacturer coupons. PetSmart accepts manufacturer coupons as long as they have a scannable barcode. You can even save with a coupon for a competitor. According to PetSmart’s coupon policy, they will accept competitor coupons that are for the exact same items sold at PetSmart. Note, you can’t use a competitor coupon that includes a free item.
11. Score a Salon Discount When You Bundle or Pre-Pay
PetSmart offers its Treats member customers discounts on salon or grooming services when purchasing more than one service or bundling appointments. You’ll also get discounts when you prepay for salon appointments. You will need a Treats member account to take advantage of this discount opportunity.
12. Know the Best Time to Shop at PetSmart
Like most retailers, it’s always a good idea to check for sale events at PetSmart around big holidays, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Black Friday and Presidents Day. There will generally be some kind of sale — though Black Friday is generally the best one, with deals as high as 60% off.
Check PetSmart on National Dog Day (Aug. 26) and National Pets Day (April 11th) for special sales and promotions.
13. Play Games for Coupons on the PetSmart App
Install the PetSmart App and play the oddly addicting PetSmart Treat Trail Game to earn points and collect treats. Match similar treats by swiping across the icons, earning more points when you can connect bigger threads of icons in one swipe.
You’ll also get a chance to earn valuable coupons with new ones released typically once a month. The coupons are earned based on your game score. As your score increases, you’ll first earn 15%, then 20% and finally 25% off. Coupons must be redeemed in the store and expire at the end of the month. Coupons can’t be combined.
If you enjoy a little mobile game downtime, this is a smart way to earn extra coupons.
14. Get PetSmart Senior, Military + First Responder Discounts
PetSmart offers seniors over the age of 65 and active, retired or former military service members a 10% discount on grooming services every Tuesday. PetSmart also offers seniors over the age of 65, military members and first responders 10% off any overnight stay at PetsHotel.
15. Get Your Pet’s First Vet Visit Free
Banfield Pet Hospital (located inside many PetSmart stores) offers a prom where your first vet visit is free. Fill out the online form to be contacted to schedule your free visit.
16. Get a New PetSmart Customer Discount
New customers trying the Doggie Day Camp will save 50% with a New Camper Special. Plus, new customers who book a multi-night stay at PetsHotel will get one free night with the New Customer Special.
17. More Tips for Shopping at PetSmart
Does PetSmart Price Match?
Yes, PetSmart will price match their competitors’ prices on merchandise as long as the item is identical and in stock at the store. You will need to bring in proof of the lower price, like for example, an advertisement, and show it to a PetSmart sales associate. PetSmart will not match prices at Amazon, eBay or other auction sites. They also will not price match clearance, liquidation or special events.
What Is the PetSmart Return Policy?
PetSmart accepts returns (minus shipping, handling and/or gift wrap charges) 60 days from the purchase date. If you want to make a return after 60 days or without a receipt, PetSmart issues a merchandise return card for the most recent sale amount.
Which Is Better for Prices: PetSmart vs. Petco?
Petco is a major competitor to PetSmart, and both retailers offer competitive prices. While you would have to compare your specific desired product or service to determine which is cheaper, rest assured your products at PetSmart can be price adjusted with their price match policy should you discover a discrepancy in pricing. They’ll also accept coupons from Petco as long as it’s for the exact same item.