University Student Eats Free Dog Food To Save Money

Daniel Mitchell-Benoit
Multicolored bone-shaped dog biscuits lined up on a pink background.
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There's nothing wrong with being frugal, but it reaches a point where frugality may start to interfere with one's health, and it's at that point that you may want to reconsider where you're stretching to save money.

Like one person who took to the internet to ask whether or not their habit of eating dog food was healthy, as nabbing free samples and eating those allowed them to save money.

Someone came to the internet with an embarrassing admission.

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A post was made to Reddit's 'No Stupid Questions' page with the title "Is it healthy to eat dog food regularly?".

The story that followed was short but shocking, and left commenters astounded by what they read.

"So I'm currently in college," the story begins.

A bowl of dry dog food on the ground with two dog paws to the left.
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The author said that due to them being broke, they began turning to services that offered free dog food and eating that instead. Yes, to avoid spending money on real, human food, they were eating dog food.

They claimed to enjoy it.

A dog with its front paws on a kitchen counter, sniffing at a bowl of dog food.
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"I started eating dog food when my friend dared me, and I love it. Since that day I eat dog food at least once a day. Note that it is dry dog food, I never tried the wet ones."

Of course. Eating wet dog food would be too weird.

After some time, they were found out.

Multicolored bone-shaped dog biscuits lined up on a pink background.
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"[...] one of my other [friends] visited my room and saw heaps of dog food, he asked me why I would have dog food since my dorm doesn't allow pets. When I told him it's for me he just said what the [expletive]."

They asked their question earnestly.

A brown and white cocker spaniel with a dog treat in its mouth.
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"The question still stands, is it healthy to eat dog food at least once a day? If it is not that healthy can I eat it in less quantity?"

The comments were more than a little concerned.

One person tried to explain that cheap dog food was full of filler.

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Low on nutrients and since it doesn't have the same regulations as human food, could contain "ground-up animal parts like chicken beaks, bones, feathers, etc."

This didn't phase the author, who wrote back, "I don't mind eating stuffs like beaks, bones, and feathers. Thanks for explaining though."

Another tried to steer them in a better direction.

A silver dog bowl filled with tiny, bone-shaped kibble.

"You can buy a lot more rice, beans, and cheap vegetables (carrots, onions, cabbage, cilantro) than dog food for the same money."

Again, our storyteller wasn't moved. "But the thing is I don't buy dog food, I get it [for] free from my friends. Don't worry I also eat those stuffs (which I buy from store not for free)."

It didn't seem like any comment could convince them to change their eating habits.

A small white dog looking up at the camera while standing next to a bowl of dry dog food.
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It seemed the bulk of the warnings were that the food didn't contain much nutritional value and might not be digested well, leading to some stomach issues for the consumer, but that didn't seem to bother them.

Anything to save a dollar these days, huh?

h/t: LADBible