Saving Money on Formula & Baby Food

Breastfeeding is not always the best option for every family.  If this is the case for you, as it is for me, then you've turned to formula and realized that it is expensive!  There are some ways to save money on formula and baby food.  Here are my tips.  If you have any others, please contact me so I can share them with other moms

Make Your Own Baby Food

Making your own baby food is relatively simple and can save a lot of money.  Lots of busy moms may not have time or wish to make baby food themselves.  If this is you then head over to the websites for the major baby food companies and  sign up to receive special offers, coupons, and discounts.  If you are interested in making your own baby food, check out my link.  I am just starting this process and will share what I learn, by research and trial-and-error.

Sign up for formula checks

Sign up for coupons and samples at all the major formula websites: Enfamil, Similac, and Good Start.  These companies will likely then send you samples of their most popular formulas as well as coupons and, best of all, formula checks.  These checks give you $2-$5 off formula.  If you've already signed up for checks and aren't getting the ones you use, send the formula makers an email and they are likely to send you more.  I just emailed Enfamil and got a lovely email back thanking me for my loyalty and informing me that I will be receiving more formula checks within 2 weeks.  It pays to ask :).

Buy in Bulk

Formula-feeding itself may be reason enough to sign up for a membership to a wholesale club (Sam's Club, BJ's, Costco, etc.)  These wholesalers carry larger canisters of formula for lower, per ounce prices than retailers.  If you are a working mom make sure to check with your benefits department as many businesses offer corporate discounts to their employees that may include memberships to wholesale clubs.  I shop at BJ's and they accept formula checks and coupons.

Try out

Picture is a great site.  They have free 2-day shipping on orders over $50 and they offer $10 off your purchase for new customers (see coupon codes.) They sell lots of baby items, including diapers and formula.  I do find their prices to be higher than BJ's for diapers and formula but its worth ordering from them at least once to get the $10 off.  The convenience of having the items delivered to your home is priceless.