Barkonomics Book Review

December 8, 2010 by Kelley  
Filed under Dog Products

I spent the weekend reading my copy of Barkonomics, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley of I’m frugal by nature and love saving money, whenever I can. As you can gather by the book’s clever title, Barkonomics is about lowering the cost of dog ownership. I was intrigued and figured why not give it a try, maybe I’d discover some new way to cut costs that I hadn’t thought of yet.

Boy was I surprised. Like it’s clever title, this book is loaded with some very neat money saving tips. Some of the suggested ideas I was already doing, for example, I wash my own dogs. Barkonomics is virtually bursting with over 300 tips and ideas, many of which I have never even thought of. To give you one example, if you have a fast eating dog, and you’re concerned about the risk of canine bloat, the authors suggest using a muffin tin to slow down your dogs eating. Why didn’t I think of that? Instead of spending your hard-earned money on expensive bloat preventing devices or worse yet a trip to your local vet you can simply find a used muffin tin at a thrift shop and spread your dog’s food out in the little cups when you feed. What a great tip!

Barkonomics is easy to read. The information is well-organized with tips separated into logical categories for saving money on: food, veterinary care, prescriptions, training, travel, and more. Curious on how to save money on treats? Just flip to the treats section, and you’ll quickly see a smorgasbord of useful money-saving tips. Speaking of eyes, don’t worry about eyestrain! Barkonomics is published using a pleasant font, and it makes good use of white space keeping its pages from looking cluttered.

I could go on and on, but I don’t want to spoil the book. This book is such a great read, and its pages are full of tips you’ll want to implement right away. The only disappointing thing about Barkonomics was that when I reached the end of the book I’d discovered so many new and clever ways to save money that I wanted more. I guess I’m just a junkie when it comes to saving my hard-earned money. Maybe because they are catering to thrifty-minded people, Barkonomics is relatively inexpensive; but the simple truth is that by implementing just a few of the cost saving tips offered in this book it will quickly pay for itself. I ordered it directly from, which means the authors, Paris Permenter and John Bigley both signed it. As a fun bonus there are even two paw prints stamped inside with the names Irie and Tiki signed below them, so cute!


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2 Responses to “Barkonomics Book Review”
  1. Thank you so much for your book review…I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! I’m so excited about your review and just shared it on Facebook and Twitter. Many thanks from our whole pack!

  2. Kelley says:


    Thank you, I’m happy you enjoyed the review. I really loved reading the book!! It has so many great tips in it, I also thought it was a great touch having the paw prints with the dogs signature.

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