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Cheap Recipes for Baby Food.



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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Make Your Own Baby Food.


Make Your Own Baby Food


Make Your Own Baby Food. When you make your baby’s own foods, you can save money and reduce waste. You also can choose more nutritious options and know exactly what your baby is eating. Fresh foods are typically more nutritious than canned and don’t contain those preservatives that can be harsh on baby tummies. If you can, purchase organic food and consider preparing your baby’s food early (meaning before they come).  Keep it simple.  Blend up some spinach and apple puree.  Sound gross?  Try it.  You’ll like it!

Not in the mood for spinach slime?  Try a sweet nutritious blend of strawberries and bananas.  Most babies drool for this one!  Just blend it up with some ice cubes or just water.  Some mixtures can even be blended with breast milk for easing dry foods into the diet like baby cereal.  Baby cereal and a bit of formula with some bananas and you’ve got a meal on the cheap.  Have fun and get creative.

Keep it light and simple.  And always remember the 4 day rule when it comes to introducing new foods into the baby’s diet.

Making baby food doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. In fact, the easiest and cheapest way is, in fact, making your own baby food.

The easy way to making your own baby food:
1) Don’t bother with buying one of those baby food grinders. They’re hard to clean and too much hassle.  Instead get one of those mini Cuisinart grinders that also chops with a two way blade.  Here’s a link to see what I’m talking about.  Amazon.com has amazing deals!  See Cuisinart grinder (baby food maker).

2) If you wait until your baby is 6 months old to start solids, you can just mash it up with a fork to the desired consistency.

If you’re breastfeeding, you can even wait until baby’s “pincer grasp” is developed and offer him small finger foods like peas, and bits of grated apple. The pincer grasp is developed when baby can pinch small objects (like those bits of carpet fluff or food on the kitchen floor!) in between his thumb and first finger. In fact, if you have a family tendency towards food allergy, waiting longer to start solids may be preferable. No matter what baby’s age, always offer one food at a time and wait several days to watch for signs of allergy before offering another. Take it slow.  No rush.

3) Start with fresh single ingredient foods like:

  • Banana
  • Steamed carrot, turnip, potato, yam
  • Avocado
  • Ripe pear, peach, melon, plum
  • Cooked squash
  • Grated apple- raw or steamed
  • PeasWell cooked beans
  • Hard cooked egg yolks (avoid the whites until 1 year)

Some of these foods could be served raw. Others are lightly steamed (steaming retains more nutrients than canning), to make them softer for baby.

4) It’s not necessary to make a big deal of preparing baby’s food.

If you want to take a lot of time blending your baby’s food and freezing, then think about using ice cube trays or small plastic cups that you can easily bend or defrost from. Getting int the habit of preparing “slightly larger” portions at one time, and freezing half of what you make will definitely save you some money in the long run.  ..Not to mention turn out to be a huge time saver.  ..That’s when mom’s get to put their feet up.

Although you do want to avoid giving baby salt and sugar (and spices that may upset the tummy), you can usually just take an ingredient from your own menu and “make” baby’s dinner.

For instance, if you’re steaming veggies to serve at dinner, take a tablespoon of them out of the pan before you add butter and salt. Put this in baby’s plate and mash away. Voila! Instant baby food with no extra work. Or take a bit of beef from your roast and mash mash mash until it’s very soft.

Even when you’re at a restaurant, you can either bring an apple with you and “grate” it finely with a spoon at your table, or bring along a banana or other portable food. Any restaurant with a salad bar would have cooked beans or avocado. Or give baby a bit of your baked potato (before you add the goodies on top).

Life with a new baby is challenging enough. Keep starting solids simple!

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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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Breastfeeding can be frugal..

Breastfeeding can be frugal..

Breastfeeding Tips


Do you plan on breastfeeding your baby? If so, you may be worried about potential problems. While you are sure to run into difficulties, it is nothing that should stop you in the long run. The more you know about breast feeding the better off you will be when the time comes.

Here are several breastfeeding tips to keep in mind:

  1. Soon after birth you should attempt to place the baby at your breast. The earlier your baby gets used to this way of feeding the better off you both will be in the long run. If possible, you should do this in the delivery room. It is never too early to get your baby acclimated to this process.
  2. Nurse for as long as the baby is interested in feeding. Many new mothers are surprised to find out that their baby may feed for up to 45 minutes. If your baby is still feeding let them be until he is done.
  3. Don’t nurse your baby while he is screaming or crying. Instead, wait until your baby calms down and then try again. You are not going to make much progress with a baby that is screaming and crying so it is much better to wait.
  4. Get yourself in a comfortable position before starting. As noted above, your baby may feed for up to 45 minutes. For this reason it is very important that you are in a comfortable position.
  5. If you begin to feel pain or discomfort pull the baby away from your breast and try again.


These five breastfeeding tips should help you to get started
. Although you are sure to encounter problems from time to time, if you get an early start and bond with your baby at the hospital you will be well on your way to success in this area.

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Frugal Feeding: When Your Baby Won't Eat

Frugal Feeding: When Your Baby Won't Eat

What To Do When Baby Won't Eat


There is nothing more frustrating for a parent than a baby who won’t eat. If you are dealing with this situation it is safe to say that you will be feeling many emotions. On one side of things your main concern will be making sure that nothing is wrong with your baby. But on the other hand the frugal side of you is sure to come out sooner or later. After all, you can only waste so much food before you begin to see an effect on your bottom line. There are ways that you can save money even if your baby won’t eat.

Stop putting it down the drain! Try to buy and prepare baby food that can be easily saved in the fridge.  Don’t rely on food that cannot be saved for later. This way if your baby doesn’t eat you can always save the food and try again in a few hours. If you attempt to feed your baby food that can’t be saved, you may be wasting a lot of money down the drain and in your waste can.

Stick it in the freezer.  Don’t forget how to use your freezer.  Many babies don’t eat there entire bowl full of cereal or mashed peas.  If your baby is only eating a certain amount on a regular basis, consider serving that amount and just a pinch more every tiime.  That way if you have prepared extra servings, you can stick them in the freezer for another time.  Freezing things in individual small freezer bags is ideal.   This allows you to thaw out only the amount of baby food that you want to prepare again.  It’s also a great way to prepare for traveling too.  A bag of frozen peas is a fun snack to have in the car or on the plane.  No matter where you’re traveling to, snacking can also be fun and frugal.

Have you ever tried to find what your baby likes to eat? In other words, don’t rely on food that your baby does not like.  This is going to be a clear waste of your time, patients, and money.  You want to make sure that your baby gets all the proper vitamins and nutrients, but at the same time you don’t want to continually buy food that is going to end up in the sink or in the garbage can. It may take some time and experimentation to find the type of food that your baby likes the most, but in the end this will work out in your favor.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! Coupons are a parents best friend when it comes to trips to the grocery store.  Parents want to buy the good stuff, the good heavy whole grain breads, organic milks, and all that beautiful organic produce.  But they just seem too expensive, right?  Check out all these online pages that offer printable coupons and e-coupons:  GroceryCoupons, Coupons.com, Printable-coupons.com,

Favorite Pick: CouponDiscounts.com is a favorite because they have a zip code search to find local coupons from stores located nearest to you.  You can change your zip code too if you’re on vacation away froom home.  Go get your coupons before your next trip to the store!

Favorite Pick: CouponMom.com is also good for local searching.  You can search by city and state for coupons on groceries, diapers, formula, kid care products, baby products, ect.  You name it, it’s on CouponMom.com.  I found their links to more expensive baby items, like formula, to be very good.  I followed through the links to Enfamil.com and also big formula maker, Similac.com.  Also be sure to click on the ones for Earth’s Best and other baby food specific items.  Sometimes you can sign up on these sites for future promo and free sample offers.  Free samples are perfect for tossing in the diaper bag, taking to restaurants, ect.  So stock up on anything you can get your frugal hands on!

Be frugal, but be cautious. Dont waste your time filling out those forms that are obviously scamming you for your personal information.  If the form asks you for your birthdate, give a fake one.  If it asks you for your SSN #, never, never, never give it out.  If you want to be extra cautious about giving out your information in sample offer forms, create a new seperate email account, use an alias name and never use your real birthdate.  Use a birthdate that is similar in age range, so you don’t mess up any statistics that the company is trying to figure out, but if your birthday is on the 20th, say it’s the 22nd instead.  Little things like that will not hurt anyone, but will help maintain your security.

Club Cards were invented for a reason. Do you shop at a major grocery store like Safeway, King Soopers, or Albertsons?  Not only do they have their own coupons on their company websites, but they all have club cards for extra savings on top of whatever coupons you use.  Avid coupon clippers save a ton of money every year by snipping coupons and using virtual e-coupons now.  If you’re not using coupons and club cards, you’re throwing money out the window.  If you don’t have one already, get one a.s.a.p.  It’s another great way to save money on your baby food needs.  The most expensive items that new parents continue to buy is diapers and formula.  Check out the article titled:  Baby Food Coupons for quick links to get discounted and even free samples of baby formula and free diapers and wipes from Pampers and Huggies!  Put coupons to good use and enjoy the money you’ll be saving on something more fun than baby formula.

Frugal feeding as a parent. You don’t want to skimp when it comes to quality foods for your baby, but at the same time you need to keep your budget in mind. If you follow the tips above you should be able to stay within your budget while also making sure that your baby gets the right food from day one.

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