Maybe you can try a different brand, or look for her favorite somewhere else. We use the Kaytee Timothy pellets, and our guinea pigs like them, though they have never been crazy about pellets. They like their hay and veggies much better.
Have you checked farm supply stores? At petstores, the stuff I buy is $12.99... At Fleet Farm, its $4.99.
Another thing you can do to save enough money to buy her favorite pellets again is buy hay by the bale, and not in the little bags. A $5 bale of hay lasts us, with 2 pigs and 2 buns, 2-3 months. Just an idea
We live where there's lots of horses around, there are cheap bales of hay for very very cheap, but they're all mostly alfalfa hay. One woman I even talked to, was very honest with me - she said she fed her guinea pigs the hay she was growing, and it killed them. :/
The only type of food we have at Farm supply stores(Like TSC here), is L&M Animal Farms. Ew. >_< Bad stuff. But I get their hay because it's $6, and often it's the only money I have left over from getting rabbit food, and guinea pig food. Sometimes it's a 50/50 coin toss whether they either get hay, or bedding material, because I get their bedding material at TSC, and it's also $6.
Otherwise I'd Looooove to get the cheap bales of hay. But I'm a little concerned because no one seems to grow Timothy, and even then, I worry about pesticides. Probably an unfounded worry since they're usually sold specifically for farm animals, but.......
I agree, that would probably save a lot of money. I'm just really concerned after hearing that. And I think she was the only supplier of timothy hay around here.
The only close store that has a wider assortment of small animal feed is the Pet Supplies Plus near here - I try to limit how much I buy from them, because their live animals are placed on cedar shavings, but beggars can't be choosers, I suppose. Anyway, that's the exact store that sells the Oxbow Benne Terre, they also sell Gerty Guinea Pig by Supreme Pet Foods, which has seeds and other unnatural ingredients for guinea pigs, they also sell...let's see, what else do they have for guinea pigs.... They have Armada, which is actually produced right here in Michigan, but it's alfalfa-based, and honestly doesn't have the most brilliant of ingredients. They do sell Kaytee, actually they sell different brands of Kaytee feed in uh...what would you call them.... tube...feeders...? It's like, you take one of those rip-off bags, and you place it under one of the tube feeders, and they'll price it based on pounds(at least I figure how it's done).
Moppy has had her types of pellets switched and changed throughout her entire life. She started out on Kaytee Timothy Complete, and then I switched her to.... I think it was Oxbow's Cavy Cuisine(because it was available where we lived back in NY - though I'd never do business with that pet store again because they sold my mom a parakeet with Scaley Face Mites and then tried to deny that the bird wasn't already missing plumage when they sold her the bird). Anyway, I switched her to Cavy Cuisine by Oxbow when I found out Kaytee's Timothy Complete, and actually many of their products, I believe, contain Ethoxyquin as a preservative. To put it into perspective, fish, not designed for human consumption is actually preserved in Ethoxyquin and then sold to pet food companies to use in their animal feed.
So as nice and convenient money-wise it would be to switch her back over to her original feed, I'm not going to subject her to those risks.