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10 Ways To Save On Baby Formula

There’s no doubt about it, babies can be expensive. From their cribs, to playpens, bouncy and high chairs, clothes, toys, not to mention diapers and wipes; having a baby can really empty out the bank account, but those cute little faces make it so worth it.

Then there’s all the decision making around cloth diapers versus disposable, organic versus non-organic, as well as the choice around whether to breast feed or use formula. While breast feeding has its advantages, sometimes the right choice for mom and baby is to go the bottle route.

Regardless, despite all the costs associated with having a baby, there are many ways new parents can cut down on some of the expenses that come with them; especially when it comes to formula feeding.

Below are 10 ways to save on baby formula.

  1. Put Your Name Out There

Well-known formula brands offer programs where you can sign up and get free samples, coupons, and discounted checks. Similac, Gerber, and Enfamil are three extremely popular formula companies that offer this type of initiative that helps welcome your new baby into this world. Simply head to the websites for these companies and sign up to their respective programs. If you have more than one email, you can sign up multiple times. More often than not, new parents not only gain access to samples, discounted checks, and coupons for the formulas these companies offer, they also get baby packages in the mail stuffed with other infant-related products and coupons. It’s a fun program to be a part of that offers a tremendous amount of savings on all front.

  1. Go Powder

While ready-made formula is convenient, the truth of the matter is that the powdered option of formula is far more cost effective. Even concentrated liquid formulas are cheaper than the ready-made ones. If you can find the time to make your own formula via powered (or concentrate) varieties than o for it. Your wallet with thank you, and you can treat yourself (and baby) to the ready-made formula by buying a smaller case and only using it when you are on the go or travelling.

 

  1. Talk To Your Doctor

Baby-wellness checkups occur quite frequently, as you take your little one in to the doctor to make sure they are growing well, hitting appropriate milestones, and address any potential issues early on. When you are visiting your physician for these checkups, make sure and request free formula samples and coupons. Doctors always have plentiful on hand and these items are meant to be pass on to patients. Every little bit helps in the long run.

  1. Buy In Bulk

Places like Costco, Sam’s Club, and Walmart sell formula in mass quantities where parents can purchase formula by the barrel for up to 16 percent less than that of what drugstores or supermarkets offer. We all know that buying in bulk does save money in general, and this same rule applies when it comes to formula.

  1. Store Coupons

Manufacturers aren’t the only ones that offer formula coupons. Peruse popular store websites on occasion to try and find any specials, promotions, or coupons around formula; they do go on sale every now and again. When it comes to formulas on sale, stores like Walmart and Target offer price-matching policies where you can get the sale price from another store, while shopping with them. Babies R Us is also a great resource when it comes to coupons, not just for formula, but other infant-related products.

  1. Double Up Those Savings

Some stores, such as Kmart, offer coupon stacking; which means, you can use store coupons, as well as manufacturer’s coupons, while making your formula purchase. Just ensure the store does in fact allowing doubling up on coupons, before you head to the cashier. This is undeniably a great way to maximize your savings when it comes to baby formula.

  1. Reach For The Generic

More often than not, the generic store formulas cost significant less than the high-profile brands. In fact, these products can cost approximately half as less each ounce, despite the fact that all formulas offered in North America meet the same specifications for infant needs when it comes to nutrient requirements. So, if you have a brand name formula that you are using, but is hurting your pocket book, check out some store brands options. Look at the label, ensure the same level of nutrients are offered, and save some money along the way too. Most generic store brands also offer the different formula varieties, including soy and gentle-formula options.

 

  1. Join Facebook Parenting Sites (And Other Mom-To-Me Groups)

Social media has exploded in this day and age, and it not only helps keep you connected with business associates, friends, and family, but also other parents in your neighborhood and area. Parenting Facebook sites (and other mom-to-me groups) are excellent forums to swap and trade formula samples and coupons, which will only save you additional money in the long run. They are also great resources to find deals on other much-needed baby items and seek overall parenting advice. This can be a great community option for first-time parents or even ones with larger families.

  1. Join A Rewards Program

Many stores offer great loyalty rewards programs where the more you spend, the more money or free products you receive in return. Babies R Us is one example of a store that offers five dollars back for every 125 points you rack up (a point is earned for every dollar spent). Target also offers five percent of your purchase back when you use your REDcard debit/credit card while shopping at the store. These are just two stores with rewards iniatives, and it really is worth the time to check options between places you and your family shops the most. Between coupons, store sales, and rewards programs, a parent could really save a ton on formula.

  1. Amazon

You can literally buy anything these days on Amazon.com, and baby formula is one of them. Yes, you read right … you can buy baby formula and save a ton of money through Amazon.com In fact, if you sign up to Amazon Family, a program geared towards parents both new and established, members are given a 15 percent off baby registry completion, 20 percent off baby food, diapers, etc., as well as exclusive coupons on baby-related items; just for signing up. It’s a win-win situation on all money-saving front, and you don’t even need to leave your house to go buy baby formula … or diapers, wipes, toys … you get the picture!

 

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