Thursday, January 27, 2011

baby buys - formula

$300 worth of formula for just a few dollars.  Here's how I did it.

When I was pregnant with both children, I signed up at various websites to obtain free samples of formula and rebate checks.  Here are the websites that I signed up at:

Gerber Good Start
Parent's Choice (Walmart generic)

With Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber, I signed up for the mom clubs and receive coupons and rebate checks for various amounts.  Recently, I received a coupon worth up to $25.99 for a container of formula.

Here's how to get the best deal if you are not brand specific.  I use the rebate checks to purchase formula as close to that price as possible.  So, if I receive a rebate check for $9 from Gerber Good Start, I am likely to purchase the $9.69 six bottle pre-made formula pack.  Now, I realize that this is not necessarily the best price per ounce, but it is very close to free.  Check on the rebate checks to see if it states one item per check (I believe all Gerber checks state this), so the best way to get free formula is to find the formula product that is as close to the rebate check as possible.  So far, I have been able to "purchase" enough formula for 415 four ounce bottles.  That's 415 free (or close to it) bottles of formula.  That would be enough to last quite a long time on an exclusively bottle-fed baby.  Taking an average of six four ounce bottles a day that would last amount three months, maybe longer depending on your baby's weight and formula intake.

If you are currently expecting or the parent of an infant, consider signing up for these clubs to receive the formula coupons and rebate checks.  If you don't use the formula, consider donating to a local food shelf.

Cutting off the crust in your baby budget.

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