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Programs to Keep Baby from Busting your Budget

I will admit, I have always been frugal. Some have even called me a cheapskate.  But what really turned me into a raving saver was having a baby. I never understood what a huge chunk of one’s budget disappeared once that little bundle of cash-strapping joy arrived. So, I started hitting the couponing websites (which led me to my new best friends, the Krazy Coupon Ladies!) and signed up for every baby club I could find! I am proud to say, I have never once paid full price for diapers or baby food in my daughter’s 19 month life!

Here are a few of the programs that helped me:

Diapers & Wipes

Pampers Gifts to Grow: You will not only receive manufacturer coupons in the mail, but earn points for every package of diapers and wipes you purchase.  The rewards catalog is full of goodies you can purchase using your Gifts to Grow points, including toys, magazine subscriptions, and even coupons for FREE diapers!

Huggies Enjoy the Ride: Same concept as Pampers, different freebies catalog.

Formula

*Note: Being enrolled in both these programs helped us to learn which formulas our daughter could tolerate and which one upset her tummy without having to spend 20-something dollars on a can of formula!  Major BONUS!!!

Enfamil: Upon registering, you will receive a welcome package with formula coupons (in the form of what are known as manufacturer checks), informational materials about newborn feeding, a sample can of formula (which is actually pretty big!) and either an insulated bottle bag or something similar (they change from time to time).  You will continue to receive manufacturer checks toward Enfamil products about every month or so, in addition to emailed newsletters full of info on baby care.  Once baby turns one year old, you’ll start receiving coupons for their toddler formula, Enfagrow.

Similac Strong Moms:  The Strong Moms program is similar to Enfamil’s program in that you’ll receive a welcome package with coupons, formula samples, and other freebies.  You will also be enrolled for their monthly newsletter.

Baby Food, etc.

The following programs will enable to you to receive TONS of manufacturer coupons both in the mail and in their monthly newsletters.  The best part is that since you enter your child’s date of birth, they will send you coupons for the age-appropriate foods, etc. as your baby grows!

Gerber Start Healthy Stay Healthy: LOADS of coupons mailed to you at each stage of baby’s growth!

Beechnut: Along with the coupons you‘ll receive in their monthly newsletters, Beechnut has recently started a rewards program to earn ADDITIONAL coupons toward their products!

Earth’s Best:  Earth’s Best really should have a category of its own since they carry a variety of organic baby through preschool age products, including formula, baby food, diapers, and snacks.  They do not have a rewards program but have excellent printable coupons on their website.

Grocery Store/Mass Retailer Baby Clubs

Creating a baby registry at either Target or Walmart will automatically get you a plethora of baby product samples and coupons.  However, I found that enrolling in the baby clubs at my local grocery stores paid off BIG TIME in coupons!  Since grocery stores are so regional, I won’t list all the programs available, but go to your local chain’s website or visit customer service to get an enrollment form on your next trip.

Here’s an example: Since I live in Florida, I joined the Publix Baby Club.  Not only have they sent me amazing store coupons for baby products but coupons for cleaning products, milk, meat, and deli items.  Even better, some of the coupons are for FREE FULL-SIZED PRODUCTS!!  Even though my daughter is a toddler, I’m still getting coupons.  It is totally worth it to see if your grocery store(s) have similar programs.

So, the moral of the story is, “It may take you years to get back that pre-baby body but only a few clicks of the mouse to get back your budget!”

This has been a guest post by Michelle from Port Charlotte, FL
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35 thoughts on “Programs to Keep Baby from Busting your Budget”

  1. Anonymous says:

    While I agree that nursing is the best choice when it is possible, and even though I’ve nursed my 3 kids past the age of 1, I disagree that breastfeeding is “free.” It saves you money, definitely, but you still have to buy nursing bras and pads, nursing tops, a pump and bottles if you’re returning to work, and formula when you begin to wean to solids. So yes, the milk is “free” but it isn’t like bf’ing moms don’t spend ANY money on breastfeeding and bf. products.

    • Anonymous says:

      agreed but i never counted the breastpads, since you dont menstruate during that time, the money i would spend on feminine hygiene was spent on that. I did have to but special tank tops etc and bras in like 4 different sizes :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    While I agree breastfeeding is best for all, and while I have nursed my Brood of 3 healthy children (well past the age of 1 even), I disagree that nursing is “free.” Yes, the milk is “free” and yes you def. save a ton of money. BUT, you still usually have to buy nursing bras, nursing tops if you choose to, nursing pads, a pump and bottles if you are returning to work, and other nursing support products. I am totally FOR NURSING don’t get me wrong, but it’s not totally “free” either….

  3. Yep definitely save money on formula and most likely Dr visits if you breast feed! Also save a ton of money by making your own baby food and wipes!

  4. hollie rose says:

    I am surprised you didn’t mention Thredup!! I saved big on my son’s wardrobe by trading some NB clothes he grew out of in 2 weeks for clothes he needed at the time…I can’t vouch for every mom on there but the clothes I got were really great quality, and many of the ones I sent out still had tags on them.
    If a family is really hard up for food for their baby, you should also mention WIC.
    And about BFing..this is a couponing site..you can’t coupon breast milk! Why would she mention that?

  5. Anonymous says:

    To my knowledge Earth’s Best does or at least did have a rewards program, I sent in my baby food UPCs and got coupons for their products and a bib. You can also get a book or bowl.

  6. Jadda says:

    I agree that all of the things mentioned in reader comments are valid ways to cut costs associated with having a new baby (such as breastfeeding). However, in Michelle, the author’s defense, her article is actually on Programs to help save money, not on “methods” of saving money with a baby.

    Just thought I’d mention it, as the author did do a fabulous job of highlighting the Programs that are out there, which is exactly what she sought out to do.

    I think we can all agree that breastfeeding is not a program : )

    • Anonymous says:

      lol, that is true. I am enrolled in the Publix Baby Club , as she mentioned and it is AWESOME!

  7. KyleT says:

    Breastfeeding, finding coupons for diapers (combine with sales), and making own baby food is what really saves you money. Everything else is a waste of time…the only baby food I will buy is Plum Organic and Ella’s kitchen. Everything else is so gross tasting!

  8. Carmen Lopez says:

    Breast feeding is an obvious money saver. It is not an option for everyone, no need to be so militant about it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    You missed the biggest money saver of all: BREASTFEEDING! Milk is always ready, always the perfect temp, and it’s FREE!
    Not to mention saving gobs on healthcare b/c your baby will be healthy.

  10. Anonymous says:

    With my second son, we never bought “baby food.” He started eating little bites of whatever we were having for meals. Since we eat lots of steamed veggies and ripe fruit it was never really an effort to prepare anything special. At 20 months now, he eats everything we do and is much less picky than my three yr old! We saved a lot not buying baby food and letting him eat what we were already having.

  11. Dave and Liz Allen says:

    Um… Cloth diapers, breastfeeding, and making your own baby food (not the fancy recipe stuff, just mash it up.) Skip 99% of the baby gear that everyone claims you “need”.

  12. now my little one 6 month old . i breast feed and use cloth diaper. my friend who had 3 boys gave me 2 giant trash bag full of baby cloths from premie to 24 months. and i got little bit every thing in my baby shower.
    this is really saves a lot for us.
    we spend may be $30 or less pair month for baby.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The Gerber link doesn’t work. I know I can look it up – just an FYI.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I agree with the other comments – By breastfeeding my son (who is still nursing at 16 months!) and using cloth diapers, we’ve saved soooooo much money.

    • Anonymous says:

      I nursed my son til he was 18 months and have never regretted it for a second. I used cloth diapers on him too. I’m sure that between not paying for formula, bottles and diapers we are talking a couple grand that I didn’t pay out! Plus, he was soooo healthy!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Interesting no mention about breastfeeding! Breastfeeding is not only free, but there are also no bottles to buy either! Not to mention it is the absolute best thing for both mom and baby. And save big by making your own baby food from fresh and frozen produce! Cloth diapers are another great money saver, IF you do it right. It is easy to rack up energy and water bills close to the cost of disposables if you don’t care for them properly.

  16. I do Pampers Gift to Grow, but I think it will take me forever to save up points for anything nice.

    • Solenna Eap says:

      not really. my baby is only 6 months old and i have over 1000 points already!

      • Jadda says:

        That’s awesome, my daughter is already 18 months, so I wonder if it would be worth joining now…do you know what types of things you can get with 1000 points or how many points you would need to earn for the free diaper coupons?

  17. Susan Krob says:

    Yes, that as well as making your own baby food at least part of the time when they get older.

  18. Susan Krob says:

    Another way to save is using cloth diapers. By using cloth diapers, I can count on one hand the number of times I have bought disposable ones in the past 10 months. I also use cloth wipes that I made out of a 10 cent knit pillow case.

  19. Anonymous says:

    It’s sad that this article didn’t mention breastfeeding as a way of saving money!! Not only is the most beneficial for mom and baby but it’s FREE and nothing beats that right? :)

    • Also, your kid will be less sick. Save on those doctor visits.

      • Anonymous says:

        I understand for those who cannot breastfeed, but a couple of replies to your comment say some people “dont want to”. Um wow, in addition to not wanting the absolute best for the baby, I guess they dont want to save on doctor visits either?

    • Barrie Desrochers says:

      I feel like that’s obvious.
      This article is more for people looking to save on baby items, and one of those items is formula.
      Not everyone can or wants to breastfeed.

    • tolrocket12 says:

      Some of us aren’t able to breastfeed (or don’t want to), so we look for other areas to save money.. Even if you do breastfeed, don’t you want to save money on the other stuff your baby uses?? Diapers and food are just as expensive as formula.. Try to be open minded. =>

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought the same thing!!! Nothing’s better than FREE!!!

    • Ashley Black says:

      I don’t think I saved very much when I was breastfeeding cause I was soooo hungry ALL the time and would eat 3 times the meals in a day…so didn’t really save me money in the end lol