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Cheap Recipes for Baby Food

Cheap Recipes for Baby Food. We all know that babies need to eat. But, the cost of buying commercial brand baby foods can quickly mount up. For the frugal spender, and especially with a new family addition, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the demand when it comes to buying those jars of baby food and canisters of baby formula. Even when you can buy it cheap with coupons and club cards, the cost of purchasing pre-made foods (especially the baby formula) far exceeds the cost to make your own baby food. If you choose to follow these tips, not only will you be saving money for your family, and knowing exactly what you eat now, but you will also be reducing waste, simply by consuming less.

Babies can cost a lot of money. You have to buy diapers, clothes, and all types of baby care products. So, to offset the cost of those other baby necessities, you may want to consider making your own baby food.  You can easily make your own baby food and here are some super simple recipes!  It’s not as hard as you probably think. Follow these simple tips for finding frugal recipes for making baby food that will allow for saving, cost-cutting, and yet be exceptionally nutritional for your little one.
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Step One. Prepare ahead of time for your baby’s food.  If you have a freezer, then there’s no reason why you can’t puree some fruits and veggies ahead of time and get that freezer stocked!  You’ll be surprised how quick time goes by and when you already have some things prepared, it makes dining at home a bit easier.  Pureeing some fruits and veggies is a great way to prep for healthy smoothies and tasty bran muffins.  Another mini “pre-baby” step you can take is to actually read the hospital’s New Parent Packets that you receive when the baby is born. These brochures come from a number of different companies that may also include some baby food recipes for first-time parents.  If you have a Whole Foods grocer near you, their FREE magazines at the check out also have great baby and kid snack recipes.  Their a gold mine when it comes to seasonal snacks.  There may only be a few, but they are usually extremely simple and made with ingredients that are not that costly.

Step Two. Search out organic or all natural parenting websites and grocers for baby specialty foods and baby recipe ideas. Buying “organic” and natural foods can be a bit more expensive than non-organic foods, but if you put some effort into it, you can use coupons and save a little that way.  See if you can arrange your shopping items; purchase according to what’s on sale or the grocer’s special offers.  Usually, the grocer will have weekly or daily ads to check out at the door.  This is always a smart way to shop!  Plus, if you can get in the routine of purchasing less, yet a little more often, you will find that the amount of food you waste is less too.

Step Three. Buy your baby food ingredients at your local farmer’s market and ask them about recipes for making your own baby food.  Farmers have been making their own baby food since the beginning of time. From bananas, apples, and pear puree to a carrot and squash blend, farmers will have plenty of information on making the most out of the foods that they sell. Expect healthy, all natural, and frugal recipes, as well as bargains on the foods that you buy from them.  We love farmers!  These markets usually offer savings of up to 50% off of the regular supermarket prices.  Not to mention the priceless tid bits you’ll get along the way.

Step Four. Ask other parents (experienced parents) and the older members of your family if they have any good recipes for baby food. You might be surprised at how much people remember about the “good old days” when they didn’t have manufactured baby food, and they didn’t have a choice but to make their own baby food!  Can you imagine?   Tap into your friends and family resources and I’ll bet you’ll be surprised what they share.  Grandma’s will introduce you to the “cup of frozen peas” and such!

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With any baby food recipe, keeping your ingredients simple, and doing your best to buy quality while on a budget, will keep you busy enough.

A “Mom Tip”: Use your freezer wisely.  Freeze what you can to get the most out of the foods you buy, for you or the new baby.  If you find that you are always tossing out old moldy bread, freeze half of it in a Ziploc Freezer bag until the first half is gone.
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Cheap Baby Food Recipes:

If you’d like to make your own breakfast for baby, then try this baby cereal recipe which is both wholesome and easy to prepare.

Wholesome Rice Cereal
2 oz brown rice powder
8 fl oz water
a little formula/breastmilk

To make the rice powder, grind brown rice in a blender or food processor. This is best achieved by grinding in small quantities – and to make the powder REALLY fine, you might find a coffee grinder attachment useful.

You can use white rice if you prefer, but brown rice (especially organic brown rice) is more nutritious. Bring the water to a boil. Add the rice powder, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Simmer for about 10 minutes (don’t forget to keep stirring, or the rice will stick). Then stir in enough formula or breast milk to give the consistency that’s best for your baby. Once baby has been introduced to fruit, you could always add a little of his favorite fruit puree.

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Sweet Potatoes. Experts have ranked sweet potatoes the “number one healthiest vegetable.” They’re
an excellent source of

vitamin A and a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. They also contain vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper, dietary fiber and

manganese.

The following are the best ways to cook this healthy veggie for your baby.

  • Baking. This is oh-so-easy! Pre-heat your oven to 375 deg F, 190 deg C. Scrub the potato, prick it with a fork and bake it for around 45 mins, until it feels soft. Cool briefly, then split the skin and scoop out the soft flesh.
  • Boiling. Peel and cut the sweet potato into chunks. Use just enough water to cover the potato, then cover the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, then simmer until tender. Drain straight away, or the pieces will become mushy and watery.
  • Steaming. Place peeled sweet potato cubes on a steamer rack over a pan containing around an inch of water. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and steam for 10-12 mins.
  • Microwave. Pierce a whole sweet potato with a fork, then place on a paper towel and microwave on high for around 5 mins. Allow the potato to stand for a further 5 mins – it will continue to cook during this time and will soften considerably.
  • Having a barbecue? Then just wrap a sweet potato in foil and place it in the coals to cook. It will take around 45 mins… and is a great way for your baby to join in the party!

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The Avacado. These avocado baby food recipes add an array of nutrients to your baby’s diet. Learn how to prepare nature’s ready-made baby food for your little one!

Please note: When you introduce any new foods to your baby, it is important to follow the four day rule, to help you spot potential food allergies and digestive problems. Please remember to consult your doctor before including new foods in your baby’s diet.

First Avocado Baby Food – Sweet Potato and Avocado Dinner

1 small sweet potato
1 avocado, peeled

Bake the sweet potato in its skin for 45 mins – 1 hour until tender.
Cool, then remove the flesh from the skin and mash with the avocado.

Avocado also tastes delicious mashed with cooked butternut squash.

First Avocado Baby Food – Creamy Fruit Mash

1 apple or pear, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 avocado, peeled
little water

Place the prepared apple or pear into a small saucepan and add a little water.
Simmer gently until the fruit is tender.
Transfer the apple or pear to a food processor and puree until smooth.
Mash the avocado with the fruit puree and serve.
First Avocado Baby Food – No-Cook Fruity Treat

1 small, ripe banana
1 avocado

Peel both fruits and mash together for a creamy treat for your baby that’s ready in a flash!

You may also like to try mashing avocado with cooked egg yolk for a simple meal brimming with goodness.

NOTE: We highly recommend avocado as an ideal food to take when you’re travelling with your baby. An unpeeled avocado doesn’t need to be kept cool and you can just slice it and serve it to your baby when you’re out and about. You don’t even need a bowl!

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The Blueberry.

When can my baby eat blueberries?

Unrelated to strawberries and raspberries – and related instead to the less allergenic cranberries and bilberries – blueberries are not subject to the usual ‘berry baby food’ rules! Whilst medical professionals usually recommend waiting until at least 12 months before introducing other berries (strawberries in particular), blueberries are not as likely to cause allergic reactions and many pediatricians will suggest offering them to your baby at some point between 6 and 9 months of age.

Why blueberries are a ‘superfruit’

In research carried out by the USDA/Tufts University, blueberries were named as the number one source of antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables!The role of antioxidants in the human body is varied – helping prevent conditions such as peptic ulcers, cataracts, glaucoma, hemorrhoids, varicose veins – and serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

The anthocyanins in blueberries (which give them their distinctive colour) are believed to protect the brain and – in later life – limit the effects of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

And that’s not all – blueberries are also packed with manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre.

Fresh blueberries have a very mild laxative effect on the body, meaning that they can be very useful in preventing and relieving constipation. Dried blueberries, on the other hand, seem to have the opposite effect and are often recommended for firming up the stools after a bout of diarrhea.

Another interesting characteristic of blueberries is their ability to prevent urinary tract infections, in much the same way as cranberries do. If your child experiences frequent urinary tract infections, then including blueberries in his diet or offering blueberry juice will be a far more palatable and popular solution for him than offering cranberries!

PLEASE NOTE: Eating lots of blueberries can make your baby’s poop look almost black in colour – so beware!

Apple, Pear and Blueberry Puree (6 months+)

1 small, sweet apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries

Remove any stems from the blueberries, then place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
Just cover with water and simmer gently for approximately 5 mins, until the fruits are tender.
Drain (reserving the cooking water), then transfer the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
Use the reserved cooking liquid to thin the puree, if necessary.
Blueberry Custard (6 months+)2 beaten egg yolks
8 fl oz (1 cup) whole (full fat) milk, breast milk or formula
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 deg C).
Place the prepared blueberries into the bottom of a small, oven-proof dish.
Combine the beaten egg yolk with the milk and vanilla extract.
Pour the egg mixture over the blueberries.
Sit the oven-proof dish in the middle of a high-sided baking pan and pour water into the pan until it comes around half way up the sides of the oven-proof dish.
Transfer the baking pan to the oven and cook for 30 mins, until set.
Cool and store in the refrigerator.
Serve chilled.
Pork with Blueberry and Apple Sauce (7 months+)4oz pork loin, cubed
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
2oz (1/4 cup) blueberries
4 fl oz (1/2 cup) homemade or low sodium chicken stock
Put the cubed pork into a small saucepan and pour in the stock.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the diced apple and the blueberries and simmer for a further 5-10 mins, until the apple is tender and the pork is cooked through.
Puree or mash all the ingredients together and serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.
Blueberry Pancakes (12 months+)1 cup (4 oz) whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
8 fl oz (1 cup) cow’s milk, breast milk or formula
1 whole egg
oil
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries

Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredents in another.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then gently stir in the blueberries.
Spoon the mixture into a non-stick frying pan, 2-3 tablespoons at a time, and fry for around 1 minute on each side.

NOTES: If you are baking with frozen blueberries, DON’T thaw them before use. If you do, the colour will ‘bleed’ through the food you are making.

And in a recipe containing both baking soda and blueberries, you may find that the blueberries turn green! This is not harmful and is the result of a reaction between the baking soda and the yellow pigment in blueberries.


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Baby Coupons


Baby Coupons are something every mom and dad are constantly hunting for. Let this site be a resource for finding the best baby coupon deals on the net! One favorite idea is going online. Manufacturer’s and company websites in particular offer the good stuff.  Why not head straight to the source!  Are you looking for discounts and  baby coupons on things like baby formula, baby gear, shoes, strollers, baby carriers, toys on clearance, groceries, clothing, free baby portraits, Disney movies, Disney cruises, or dental care?  Then this site can help you.  *See also: “Baby Food Coupons” on this site.

It’s easy to find these sites too.  Read below and see some popular responses for baby coupons online.  If you use a certain product continuously, why not go to their site and see if they have any samples or special offers.  Some of the larger companies also offer scholarship funds for certain contests.  For example,

One of the best ways to compliment your baby coupons is the occasional cute baby photo contest or sweepstakes.  For example, there’s TheCuteKid.com, which offers great grand prizes of $25,000 for the cutest baby/kid photo (you can pretend your check is one giant coupon!)  And HuggiesHappyBaby.com hosts a monthly sweepstakes.  Currently, you can enter to win Free Diapers For A Year! How great would that be?

Some of the better coupon sites out there are Coupons.com, CouponMom.com, CouponBug.com, FamousCoupons.com, UPromiseEcoupons.com, and Print.Coupons.com.  They offer great baby coupons from makers like Pillsbury, General Mills, Kraft, Betty Crocker and more!  Coupons include General Mills cereal, Kraft cheese, Kraft kid snacks, Dannon, Ritz, Triscuit, Velveeta, Crystal Light, Johnson and Johnson, Burts Bees, Earth’s Best, Gerber, Enfamil and more!
One of the best baby coupon clipping sights out there might be Print.Coupons.com

Also be sure to check the Sales pages at your favorite online retailer.  Places like Target.com Weekly Ads Page, BabiesRUs.com, LeapFrog.com Clearance Page, BabyUniverse.com Clearance Page, BabyDirect.com, Fisher-Price.com, BabyGap.com, and TheChildrensPlace.com.   PotteryBarnKids.com is currently offering a beautiful Organic Tree Duvet Cover for $14.99 and plush suede baby boots for $8.99.  They also have other baby/kids decor on clearance too.  This is a place to pick up some great pieces for the babies room and save some money on the way.  There’s no reason why you can’t shop the online clearance isles of the trendier companies as well.  So when you’re looking for baby coupons, don’t forget the main goal is to save money, no matter how you do it.  If you can find baby items, baby furniture, and baby gear for 75% off retail, then you’re doing good!

Raising a baby can be expensive, but, with a little online savvy and some help from your friends, you can save bundles and even find some free baby stuff. Here’s how to save money on baby and find the best baby freebies on the web.

Baby Freebies Online. Just as having a baby can be an expensive proposition for you, it can be a profitable one for retailers and manufacturers. Many companies will give away things to expectant and new moms in the hopes of earning your business for a long time to come.   Here’s how to get free products, samples and coupons from the most trusted baby brands. You can typically find free samples and discount coupons by navigating your browser directly to a manufacturer’s website. To find these websites, do an online search for your favorite brands of formula, diapers, and baby foods.

You can also often get free trial subscriptions to leading parenting magazines. At the time of this writing, you can get a free 6-month subscription to American Baby magazine and a free 12-month subscription to Baby Talk magazine directly at the publications’ websites.

A word of caution about signing up for baby freebies, newsletters, and sweepstakes. Make sure you read the fine print, as well as a site’s privacy policy before you enter your name and email address on the company’s registration form. Each time you are signing up for something, you are probably being put on a mailing list. You may want to have a secondary email address that you use only on registration pages and, if the page asks you if you would like additional mailings from partners, opt out.

It’s a good idea, too, to check the URL of the freebie’s registration page before you fill it out, to make sure you are on the website of the manufacturer or publisher. Third party sites, especially sites devoted to providing freebies, may be in the business of collecting and selling your personal information.

Savings on Diapers and Formula. These are two items you will probably spend the most money on before your baby becomes a toddler. Breastfeeding is, of course, the cheapest way around buying infant formula, but it’s just not an option for everyone. Here are the best ways we have found to save.

Search Online. See if you can find products cheaper online. Do a search on froogle.com for bulk groceries or formula. This site, run by Google, allows you to comparison shop across lots of different sites with just one search. And check prices at Amazon Grocery, too, which will ship these products to you, just like any other Amazon purchase. Shipping is often free for orders of $25 or more.

Join the Club. Ask at the customer service desk of your local grocery store to see if they have any kind of Baby Savings Club. Some of the leading grocer chains offer additional savings for these types of purchases.

Discount Baby Furniture and Gear. When it comes to baby furniture and baby gear, you can save a lot simply by knowing where to look.

Let Your Friends Know What You Need. The best way to get free baby stuff is to ask your friends and family for anything they might be hanging onto that they don’t need anymore. Even your friends whose kids are a bit older may still have some items in the attic.

Have a Baby Shower. You’ve probably bought several baby gifts for your friends and family by now, and now it’s your turn!  This is your big “pay back” moment.  Baby showers are a great way to get exactly what you need for the new baby. Even better, your guests can share more ways on how you might be able to save money on baby items in your particular area.

Join Moms Groups.
Join parenting groups both in your local area and online. These are fantastic resources for free information and a daily or weekly dose of sanity. Plus, once you get to know other moms in your area, you can swap secondhand baby clothes.

Join a Freecycling Network. Freecycling.com allows you to give away things you don’t need while taking things you do. Do a Google search to find a Freecycle Network in your area, or visit Freecycle.org and browse the groups or enter your town into the search box. Once you find a local freecycling group, you can usually post your own needs and you find a lot of good things, completely free.

Shop for used items. Local consignment stores, thrift stores, and garage sales are a great place to find gently used baby furniture or gear. Check the newspaper for this weekend’s garage sales or monitor an online garage sale announcement service. Go to Yahoo Groups and enter your city and “Garage Sale.”

A note about buying baby items secondhand: If you buy used toys or baby gear, make sure they still have safety labels attached. Also, it’s a good idea to always buy a new car seat for your child. You don’t want to take a risk by getting a secondhand car seat that may have been in an accident.

Simplify. The most important thing for our family when our kids were small was to consider carefully what it was we really needed.  Think about it.  When we were excited about having our first child, we felt like we wanted one of everything. But we found that some gear was not necessary at all, and some of it just got in the way.

The simple approach is sometimes the best, so take a little time with each buying decision.  Do you really need it?  If there is a piece of furniture or a baby item that you feel you really need, see if you can get it gently used. It’s better on the pocketbook and the environment.

It’s also tempting to invest in things the baby will need when he or she has grown older. You can save money by waiting until your baby actually needs a bigger, better stroller, for example, to see both what you can afford and what kind of features are truly the most important to you at the time. It helps me to look at it this way: When you save money by not buying things you really don’t need, you’ll have more money to put aside for your child’s future or those important things you DO need.

With babies, as with life, the simple approach is often the best.  It’s o.k. to live a life filled with less.  By being less of a consumer overall allows you to not only enjoy the money you’ll be saving, but it also gives you the gift of simplicity.  Your kids don’t need that 2nd Gameboy and that 50th DVD.  They need food, shelter, and love.  Love is free, right?

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Frugal Party Planning – How to Have a Baby Party on a Budget


Planning a baby shower or baby’s 1st birthday? When party planning, especially when a new baby is coming, can be pretty stressful. One might wonder what it is going to cost or how can I ensure that my guests will have a fun time without me spending a fortune! Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune and cutting financial corners does not mean you have to sacrifice the amount of fun your guest can have. As with most favored gifts, those that are most creative and personalized are most likely to be appreciated and reminisced. Break out the creative thinking to seek out ways to entertain your guests. You don’t have to order catering or even a fancy sushi platter to impress anyone.  Instead, take in some advice and get creative!

There are two key aspects that are critical to your baby’s party success. The first step is to set a theme for your baby shower or baby birthday party. It is usually good manners to leave this decision to the closest person to the guest of honor if you are planning this party for someone else. The second step is to ask for help.  Have fun getting your friends and family involved.  People love to feel needed and productive.  Grandmothers especially love to do anything that has to do with their grand kids.  Any subtle invitation will do. Remember, don’t wear yourself thin when it comes to planning any baby party.  Take some of the decisions away from yourself and let someone else participate and help too.  Not only will this relieve some of your stress, but maybe some of your financial responsibility as well.  It o.k. to ask others to pay for small things.  Typically, guests will offer to pick something up, plan on a dish, or help you pick up any last minute items too.

Beginning with the invitations, cater to your party theme by making homemade cards (don’t worry; it will be worth your time!). Within each invitation specify if you would like the guests to participate in preparations by requesting a pot luck or costume requirement. This will take care of some of the financial burden as well as the decorations. What better decorations could exist than the guests themselves?

Entertainment Anyone? You shouldn’t have to rob the bank to afford entertainment either. Keep the games easy and fun.  Nobody wants to be pressured to play any game that might be too demanding or cause you to have to concentrate too much.  Remember, parties are for fun, not competition between kids. Mold the most common activities to your event to make them unique and memorable. The restriction to choosing a game is that the entertainment should sustain interactions between the guest of honor and guests. Naming word games for a baby shower, pin-the-patch on the pirate for a boy’s pirate birthday party, scary-looking food eating contests for Halloween parties and the list could go on and on. Your own personal thoughts of creativity will be your best ally in planning. With a bit of thought and creativity, you can have the best party anyone has ever thrown.

Party favors are also a fun thing to toss in for the kids to remember the event.  Kids just like stuff, period.  If you have a local Dollar Tree store, or maybe a Dollar store, be sure to stop by and see what kind of party hats and favors you can pick up for a buck.  This is definitely the way to go.  You can make your own cards, hats, and even fun projects for the kids to take home.

Keep the kids occupied and you’ll all be happy.  If your party includes kids and young adults, consider letting them do finger painting or some kind of creative artistic project in the back yard.  Designate a spot where the kids can play and even make a mess.  The memories they’ll have will be worth the mess.

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The Nanny Pay Rates – Learn How Much to Pay a Nanny!


The Nanny Pay Rates – Learn How Much to Pay a Nanny! If you consider hiring a nanny and you are actually new to the nanny world, then it’s not always easy to figure out the standard nanny pay rates, responsibilities and hours. The nanny salary can be affected by different parameters – the nanny’s age and experience, references, responsibilities, number of children, your location and specific working days. If you don’t know how to set nannies salary then read on for the latest tips and advice.

What needs to be considered?

An average workweek of a full-time nanny is between 50-60 hours. When trying to determine your nanny pay rate you need to consider several important factors:

(1) Experience – how long does your nanny is working as a private childcare provider and how much experience does she have. Some nannies could perfectly fit your nanny profile however can be too expensive for you. When looking for a family helper you should find the right balance between experience and salary.

(2) References – by calling references you will be able to find out how professional your nanny is and maybe learn something about her previews fee.

(3) Responsibilities – there are many different types of nannies profile – live-in, live-out, full-time, part-time – each one can have different tasks to fulfill. As a rule of thumb – the more duties she has the more she need to be paid.

(4) Location – the nanny pay rates are usually higher is urban areas. If you live for example in the city center, a caregiver expects to get paid more.

(5) Working days – nannies who also work in weekends, on top of the regular working days in the middle of the week, should get paid more. When hiring a person to help you take care of your kids you may consider hiring two caregivers – one for the middle of the week and one for the weekends (if it’s affordable of course). That’s how you can let them rest and come back full of energy.

So, how much to pay?

Learning how to set your nanny pay rate is easier than you think. You can start by asking other parents from your area how much they pay. Asking other parents what the nanny going rate is can give you a pretty good idea what should be the right range. One of the most recommended ways to figure out the right nanny rate in your area is to search for and find this information over the Web. For example, if you live in Los-Angeles, use your favorite search engine and type “nannies rates in Los-Angeles” and examine the results.  Sometimes you can also consult with a local nanny service.  They may also provide you with nannies available in your area.

After you have had a chance to do some local research, you may come to the conclusion that hiring a nanny is simply not going to fit within your family budget.  If this is the case, try to find baby day care some other way.  Sometimes, local communities have mommy and nanny babysitting co-ops.  Each member agrees to make themselves available during certain hours to a limited number of kids or babies and in return, someone offers that person babysitting or nanny services for their child.  It’s a give and take honor system most times.  It’s an old-fashioned concept that’s making a big come back.  With the increase of our population and the demand now for both moms and dads to work, people are in need of baby and childcare during their office hours.  Let’s face it, we all need help and whether you’re lucky enough to have parents and grandparents local to help you with the baby, or whether you have to pay for it, we all need a little help.  Get creative when you’re searching for a new babysitter.  Ask your friends for referrals and even contact your local church or school for a responsible teenager that maybe lives in your neighborhood.  Lots of young teen age girls babysit to make some extra money and you can bet that this is going to be your cheapest option.

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Frugal Babysitting – Determining a Fair Babysitter Rate


Frugal Babysitting – Determining a Fair Babysitter Rate.  Have you finally found a good babysitter but have no idea what to pay them and what charges for babysitting are considered fair? You’re not alone, this is a common dilemma for parents. They want to pay a reasonable rate to a babysitter but they also don’t want to pay more than they need to. Luckily there are certain things to consider that should help you determine a fair babysitting rate.

The average babysitting rate these days is typically around $10 per hour but babysitting wages can vary widely anywhere from as little as $5 per hour all the way up to $17 per hour or more! The reason for such a wide range is due to three main factors: location, experience, and number of children being cared for:

Location of Family. Where you live does play a role in what to pay a babysitter. Typically, if you live in a large city like New York where the cost of living is higher, babysitting rates are also higher when compared to smaller cities and rural areas. Babysitting is a job like any else so babysitter rates will be affected by the location you are currently living in.

Experience of Babysitter. How much experience a babysitter has is one of the most important considerations in determining a reasonable babysitting rate. A high school student with little or no experience would normally earn less than an experienced adult. All other factors aside, teenagers are often happy to babysit for $5 per hour whereas an adult with a number of years experience would expect at least $10 per hour. It really all depends on your childcare requirements and what type of babysitter you are comfortable with caring for your children; It’s a personal choice.

Number of Children. This is pretty much a given; the more children you have needing a babysitter, the more work it’s going to be for a babysitter and the more money you should consider paying them. How much extra should you pay for looking after more than a single child? It can vary but usually around $1 or $2 per additional child is most common these days.

Still not sure what to pay a babysitter? Find out all there is to know about babysitting rates or use our popular babysitting rate calculator at babysitting-rates.com; an online resource for both parents and babysitters.

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Baby Food Coupons


Baby food coupons are a great way to cut back on your grocery expenses. Does it drive you nuts to think about how much baby formula and diapers cost?  Now that you may need things like infant formula, baby food, diapers, and teething biscuits, baby food coupons can really help cut the costs. It may take some time and effort but with the internet, baby food coupons are more accessible now than ever!  Bookmark FrugalBabyTips.com  as your resource guide to a directory of websites for: baby food coupon, baby discount sites, where to find cheap baby stuff, and even contests for baby cash, scholarships, or maybe free diapers for a year!  Explore all the different way to save when it comes to raising your baby and eating well too.

Besides using this site, you may also consider going directly to the source. For example, if you need things like infant formula, take note of who makes these items and look on the packaging to locate their direct website. Don’t be shy to write them down on your next trip to the grocery store. For example: Enfamil.com, Similac.com, or Nature’s Best. Also be sure to check out Pampers.com, Huggies.com, Diapers.com, Gerber.com, and companies like Earth’s Best, Johnson’s Baby, and BeechNut.com (click the coupons tabs). Typically, these manufacturer’s websites offer baby food coupons right on their homepage and Special Offers / Coupons spot. Some offer baby food coupons along with opportunities to register for discount alerts and even FREE product offers just by signing up. 

Hit the books for more savings! You will find great savings opportunities in baby and parent magazines.  A lot of times, their ads are filled with coupons and “buy one get one free” deals.  You may also spot a few promo codes in their ads to entice you to use their product for the first time.  Also be sure to actually read the magazine articles.  Typically, baby and parent magazines write articles about this same topic.  Parents want to know how to raise their kids and get their baby needs without breaking the bank!  A free subscription to Baby Talk Magazine is available at the Pregnancy Section of Parenting.com. Click on the BabyTalk “Free Subscription” link. The magazine is offering this free subscription to expecting parents. These types of magazines are filled with baby product coupons along with savings opportunities to help you manage your baby budget.

Want more savings? Hit the web!  Sites like BabyTalk.com, BabyZone Freebies Page, and DisneyFamily.com, BabiesRUs.com, and TheCuteKid.com Contest also offer special offers, family vacation giveaways and baby photo contests that reward their winners with free baby stuff, including baby food products. You just have to be willing to register, send in the requirements, and be patient. They have all sorts of baby food coupons as well as special offers, promotions, and giveaways on various baby products. Sites like TheCuteKid.com are found to be a lot of fun, offering contests for the cutest baby photo. some give away up to $25,000 in prizes!

When it comes to baby coupons,  websites like these can be a great resource.  Bookmark FrugalBabyTips.com to be your resource directory for coupon sites like these and more to come.  Some of the favorites are Coupons.com, CouponMom.com, TheCouponClippers.com, Deals.Yahoo.com/coupons/, SwapBabyGoods.com, and CleverMoms.com. And don’t forget, before you head to your local grocery store, check out their own websites for weekly sales and promo items. Your local grocer may be Safeway.com, KingSoopers.com, or Albertsons.com. Typically you can register for grocery coupons or a Club card on the grocer’s site. The Club cards are easy to register for and a lot of fun to see the instant savings every time you check out. If you’re serious about finding the deals, take some time, and go see what type of savings are waiting for you!

Have you ever considered Ebay for coupons? Most people haven’t yet. But think about it. Baby coupons are a commodity just like anything else. Especially when you’re talking about $10 vouchers with 12 month expiration dates. Check out Ebay.com and search for baby coupons and formula vouchers.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! Check out UltimateCoupons.com for their Kids/Baby coupons. Print Grocery Coupons. When you visit these sites, you may want to search for topics like: kids snacks clearance, baby food coupons, baby/infant formula, ect. When you’re ready to have some fun, sign up at the BabyZone – Free Stuff page. Coupons are great, but if you’re a serious parent looking to have some fun and go for the Big PRIZES, you’ll want to participate in a few baby photo contests hosted by DisneyFamily.com, TheCuteKid.com, Parents.com, ContestGiveaways.com, and ContestForMoms.com. Prize awards vary depending on the contest. Prizes may range from small dollar amounts, free products, family vacations, and even college scholarships! Enfamil has a baby scholarship fund as well as Similac. All you have to do is go to their sites, sign up, and complete the requirements. How great would it be to kick of your babies 1st college fund with a prize like that!


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Save Money On Baby Care Products.

Save Money On Baby Care Products.

Save Money On Baby Care Products


Save Money On Baby Care Products has never been easier. Not only is it convenient to go online and begin your search, but it can be fun too!

Do you have the cutest kid?  Baby contests and sweepstakes are becoming more and more popular now with the online community.  It’s easy and simple to upload a photo for contests like the Cutest Kid contest.  Contests like these are no joke.  They give away up to $250,000 worth of prizes every year, including Free diapers for a year, cash prizes, and a $25,000 college scholarship!  Have you thought about your baby’s 1st college fund yet?  They have.  It might be worth looking into to learn more about how to save and save big on baby care products using contests and sweepstakes like these.  Check out sites like TheCuteKid.com.

Stick to the list! One of the best ways to save on baby care products is to know exactly what you need, and then stick to your list when you arrive at the store or go online.  Automatically try to cut back on frivolous baby items that simply are not necessary.  Do you really need a baby bottle cooler/warmer?  Probably not.  Just like any trip to the store, it is easy to go over the top and over your budget.  It’s all too easy to buy every neat little item that appears in your vision, and then convince yourself that you “and the baby” need it.  No, you don’t.  And this is exactly how a typical store run turns into a $200 receipt!  Instead of falling prey to this downfall, you should never head to the store without a comprehensive list in hand, or at least an air tight mental list. If you know that you only need baby wipes and diapers you will not be tempted to look elsewhere.  …not even for baby formula, unless you know you need it, AND you have coupons!

Coupons, and where to get them! Although baby care products are expensive, you can save a lot of money with the right coupons and keeping your eye out for special offers (free stuff!).  You can find baby product coupons in the local paper, store ads, magazines, and especially online.  Keep an eye out for special offers directly from manufacturers by looking into their own company’s websites.  It is not uncommon to come across a great deal for disposable diapers and Pull Ups directly on Huggies.com, for example. Do you use baby products like baby wash, baby powder, or baby ointments?  A perfect example of hunting out the bargains on regularly used baby stuff is registering with Enfamil’s baby formula for free samples and special offers sent to your email.  Companies like these like to win you over by sending special offers like free diaper bags, free bottles, ect, as long as you don’t mind flashing their logo everywhere.

If the deal is good enough, you may want to load up when you have the chance.  Stocking up when something is on sale is always a good idea.  If you don’t always buy in bulk, consider doing so for a few select items that you will use over and over again until your baby matures a little.  Expensive items like baby diapers, wipes, and formula are all things you can get coupons for … and lots of them!   The makers of these items are all competing for your business.

Take some time to visit the manufacture’s websites like Gerber.com, Huggies.com, Pampers.com, Earth’s Best, BeechNut.com, ProctorandGamble.com, Enfamil.com, Similac.com, ect.  If there’s a specific kind of infant formula that you like, check the product packaging for the company website.  If the maker offers a coupon or special offer (free stuff), chances are pretty good they want to promote it and it’s going to be front page news on their website.  Remeber, big companies like these can’t make profits without loyal customers like you.  And they’re willing to compete for it.  Let them, and have fun saving!

Also see the article on Baby Food Coupons for lots of direct links to Get Baby Food Coupons. and Free Baby Samples.

There is no denying that having a baby is an expensive endeavor.  From the day your baby is born, you will be faced with important financial decisions.  Even though you will not be able to get by without spending any money, there are ways to save.  By knowing what you need, which products are most affordable, and then using coupons and special offers (free stuff), you will definitely be saving on that baby budget!  Just remember, before you buy anything, ask yourself, is this the best deal I can find?  Did I try to find a coupon?  Did I get it less than full retail cost?  Do I really need this product or item?  Those types of questions will keep you aiming in the right direction.  You can train yourself to shop frugal, especially when it comes to baby care products.

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Tips On Saving Money: Cloth Vs. Disposable Diapers


Most parents are very concerned about how much they will spend on diapers. And since this is one of the most costly baby items out there, there is good reason for this. You need to decide which type of diapers you are going to use, cloth or disposable. As you can imagine, both of them offer pros and cons from many different perspectives. Although it is important to keep your budget in mind, you must also remember the other details that will be affected by your choice.

As you can imagine, disposable diapers cost more than cloth ones. The reason for this is easy to understand: you will throw out a disposable diaper once it is soiled, but with a cloth diaper you will clean it for reuse at a later date.

Even though it is more cost effective to use cloth diapers the discrepancy is not as big as you may think. Remember, you have to spend money to clean and sanitize cloth diapers. This means more of an expense on household goods such as laundry detergent. This is something many people forget when comparing the cost of diapers.

Disposable diapers offer many advantages. The first thing you should know is that the cost of these diapers differs based on the brand. The well known name brands cost much more than those that are generic. To go along with this, your time is worth money as well. Even though you will spend more on disposable diapers, you will not have to spend time each day doing extra loads of laundry.

As you can see, there are monetary benefits of both cloth and disposable diapers. Which option is best in your eyes? To answer this question you may need to try both. Soon after you will get a good feel for which option is best, and how to save money as you move forward.

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