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Old 12-29-2011, 02:13 AM
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If you have Costco as an option you may find that either Nature's Domain or their Kirkland brand should fit the bill for what you need for under $30 a bag. Otherwise I'd consider canidae - avoderm - or nature's balance on the cheap end of other decent quality chows available for under $35 a bag.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:45 AM
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I feed Fromm Four Star to my dogs. I also looked at Solid Gold.

Merrick is pretty good as well, but still pricier than some of the others mentioned. Do you know what foods you have readily available?
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:33 AM
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Diamond Naturals is good, it's about $25-35 per 30/35lb bag.

I found Purina ONE Beyond at Target and some Walmart stores. Its actually a really good food. 15lbs/ $22. The only bad thing is I've never seen bigger than a 22lb bag. I had to buy a small 3lb bag of it once when I forgot to bring Zen's food while traveling. He normally eats TOTW mixed with Pro Plan Performance. He does better with a little grain mixed in with the grain-free. Anyway, I ran off and left the pro plan, so I had to buy a small bag of the Purina ONE.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:14 PM
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My top three non-grain free brands are Nature's Variety Prairie, PureVita, and Fromm. Around here, they each run around $45 for the 30 lb bag. Missy did very well on the chicken and duck varieties of the Fromm before we switched to grain-free.
Also, we sell Taste of the Wild for $42 for a 30 lb bag - so cheaper than a lot of the better grain-inclusive foods.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:14 PM
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I also mention the costco food. Their kirkland stuff is cheaper than beneful and doesn't look bad. My dogs say it tastes icky though. They are currently on the nature's domain (from costco) which is fish based and grain free. Here its 36 dollars for a huge bag. The costco membership paid for itself with the first bag of food!
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:37 PM
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I love Fromm and around here it's cheaper than most of the other foods for sure.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:47 PM
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Diamond Naturals is good, it's about $25-35 per 30/35lb bag.
Logan used to be on Diamond Naturals. He was on the Extreme Athlete last and it was around $30 for a 35 pound bag if I remember right. The chicken/lamb/beef formulas are cheaper than that. Tractor Supply also has 4Health which is similar to Diamond Naturals but slightly better, and it's ONLY sold at TSC. Kirkland at Costco is the EXACT same thing as Diamond Naturals but in a different bag, and their Nature's Domain or whatever is TOTW. Sadly I don't have a Costco around here.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:32 AM
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Want to point out...most of the time you will feed less of a grain free formula so even if, for the most part, the costs per bag is higher you still come out ahead.
Admittedly, we are fortunate enough to have quite a variety of decent kibbles available in our area (even though, for the most part, the prices seem much higher than those available to our doggy neighbours south of the border!!!).

We happen to feed grain-free (Orijen and Acana) only because, after going through an exhaustive number of foods with our current boy, these are the ones with which he happened to do best ...

Having said that, I see little or no difference whether the binding agent is (for example) rice or potato. Good kibble is good kibble (although the raw feeders would probably argue that there is no such thing ), so ...

If we could find a less expensive, good quality food that our dog did well with, grain or no, we'd try it in a heartbeat.
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Natural Balance is a good food that is affordable. The Ultra formula is excellent, however, I wouldn't touch the LID... most of them list sweet potato or potato as the #1 ingredient and have low meat content.

Nature's Variety Prairie is my fave grain-inclusive kibble.
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