7 Ways to Save Money on Baby Formula

7 Ways to Save on Baby Formula

Baby formula is an expense many parents have to endure for their little one’s first year of life. As the baby gets older, formula can become a huge chunk of the budget! Fortunately, there are ways you can cut costs when feeding your baby, so that you don’t empty your wallet on each trip to the store.

Below, you’ll find seven ways you can save money on baby formula!

1. Check with the pediatrician’s office.

Many parents don’t realize this but many doctors receive formula samples to hand out to new patients. We aren’t talking about small, one serving samples either. Some give out the four bottle samples or a can of powder that will make 3-4 bottles. Sometimes, samples like these are just tossed in a supply closet and never given out, so ask if you can take them off their hands!

2. Search for coupons.

Depending on your baby’s formula brand, you may be able to sign up for coupons straight from the company. Other brands will have coupons in the weekly newspapers. Also, like with samples, you sometimes get high-value coupons from your baby’s pediatrician. Just ask the front desk!

3. Compare liquid versus powder when buying baby formula.

More often than not, the powder will be cheaper per serving. Depending on the size of the powdered formula’s canister, it may be higher upfront, but if you get more fluid ounces out of it when made, you are actually saving money!

4. Use a subscription service.

Signing up to have baby formula delivered to your doorstep monthly is a great way to save money. Since they know you’ll be paying for it each month, this will usually net you a discount! At Amazon, you can subscribe and save $5 or more on each canister of powdered formula you would normally buy individually – and you also save by not having to drive to the store each week!

5. Buy formula from a wholesale store.

These places are usually cheaper because you are buying in bulk. Your savings will be similar to a subscription service, but you only have to pay when your baby runs out and you need more.

Bonus tip: Don’t want to foot the entire bill for a large formula purchase? Split it with mom friends who use the same baby formula so everyone saves money!

6. Shop local mom groups on Facebook or Craigslist.

Sometimes moms will have left over (unopened) cans or bottles of baby formula they need to get rid of. If they purchased it, they will likely want to sell it, but it will generally be below the retail cost. If they got it for free though WIC or straight from the company, they will likely be giving it away. Stay on top of these groups to get a little extra when you can!

7. Check with your insurance company.

If your baby needs a special type of formula, you may be able to get your health insurance provider to cover it. Even if they won’t cover it 100%, they may be able to cover a portion to save you money!

Gymboree Summer Clearance

Gymboree sale

If you love Gymboree as much as I do you’ll want to hop over there {online or in store} to check out their latest markdowns.  Today only, get an extra 40% off during the Gymboree Summer Clearance!  Happy shopping!

HUGE Gymboree & Crazy 8 Sale!

If you have a small obsession with Gymboree and Crazy 8 like I do you’ll want to head over and take a look at the sales they have going on today only.  This is a HUGE sale!

Today only! All swimwear $8 online only + everything $9.99 & under at Crazy 8! 

Gymboree Children's Clothing

Gymboree is having a rare Free Shipping day today + everything is $12.99 and under.

Happy Shopping!

Oh, and remember to check out our handy baby/toddler size guide too!

Crazy 8: 20% Off Markdowns, Up to 60% Off

Quick disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.  You won’t pay a penny more!

Crazy 8 Sale

Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year’s clothes!  Today, I put my daughter in a cute sundress from last summer and boy was it short!  She might be able to pull it off with leggings but I think it’s time to start stocking up on this season’s styles for spring.

Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns so your kids can get everything they need {and maybe a few adorable things they don’t!} without cleaning out your wallet. That’s up to 60% off! The sale started yesterday, Friday {4/11} and will only last for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone!

The super cute shirt above is only $5.59 {on sale from $12.88}.  

Shop now to get 20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8!

Oh, and don’t forget to click through Ebates to save 1% cashback.  Happy shopping!

Ebates’ Man Week Starts Today!

This post contains my affiliate link but I’m only sharing about Ebates because I use them every time I shop online!

Ebates' Man Week

Ebates is kicking off their Man Week Sale with Double Cash Back from over fifteen stores! This is a great time to stock up for the men in your life. Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Old Navy, Jos. A. Bank, Macy’s and more have some great deals to get this promotion started off right. Check out The Body Shop, ULTA Beauty and J. Crew for great deals too.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for Ebates now and get a free gift card just for signing up!  It’s 100% free and it actually pays you to shop online.

Coupons and Cash Back

Macy’s -Extra 20% off VIP Sale. Code: VIP
Exp: 3/24/2014
Plus 6.0% Cash Back

The Body Shop – 40% off any order. Code: SAVE40
Exp: 3/19/2014
Plus Up To 4.0% Cash Back

ULTA Beauty – $3.50 off any qualifying $10+ order. Code: 207770
Exp: 4/5/2014
Plus 4.0% Cash Back

J.Crew – Extra 40% off Sale items. Code: EXTRA40
Exp: 3/18/2014
Plus 3.0% Cash Back

Jos. A. Bank – Discount Extra 25% off Clearance. Code: EXTRA25
Exp: 3/31/2014
Plus 8.0% Cash Back

REI – Discount 50% off or more on select Outlet items.
Exp: 3/21/2014
Plus 5.0% Cash Back

Banana Republic – Spring Sale!  Save up to 50% on New Reductions.
Exp: 3/26/2014
Plus 2.0% Cash Back

Calvin Klein – Extra 30% off any order. Code CKFRIENDS14
Exp: 3/20/2014
Plus 3.5% Cash Back

Old Navy – 30% off til 12pm and 20% off til 12am. Code AMPM
Exp: 3/18/2014
Plus 2.0% Cash Back

Man Week Sale Stores and Cash Back
Macy’s – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
Lenovo – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
JCPenney – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
Kohl’s – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
Sears – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
Newegg – Plus 2.0% Cash Back
LivingSocial – Plus 6.0% Cash Back
Holiday Inn – Plus 8.0% Cash Back
Jos. A. Bank – Plus 8.0% Cash Back
Microsoft Store – Plus 7.0% Cash Back
Under Armour – Plus 12.0% Cash Back
REI – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
Backcountry.com – Plus 10.0% Cash Back
King Size Direct – Plus 5.0% Cash Back
MyHabit – Plus 6.0% Cash Back

Thermapen Private Sale – Ends March 9, 2014

Thermapen Private Sale

Why is ThermoWorks having a Red Thermapen sale? Well, why not? Red is their most popular color and they just felt like putting it on sale. And since it is such a popular color they’re pretty sure that it will sell out before the 3 days are up. So…get one while you can!

The offer is not public and is being made only to their email subscribers and YOU because ThermoWorks thinks that you, Embracing Frugality readers, are awesome! You must use the link in this post to get to their special ordering page. It is not available on their public website. These are brand new Thermapens, and are almost never on sale. In fact, the Red Thermapen has NEVER been on sale. This offer expires at midnight, March 9th, or when they run out.

{See my husband’s Thermapen review}

Quantities are limited, head here to ThermoWorks to score a Thermapen for only $85!

How to Earn Extra Cash for Christmas

Because Christmas is coming fast and just about everyone could use a little extra cash for gifts I want to quickly highlight a few legitimate ways that you can earn a little cash to help you pay for Christmas.

Start your own cleaning business.  If you know someone who cleans office buildings or homes see if they have any jobs they can refer to you. If you aren’t able to clean regularly but need a little extra money, perhaps they would let you sub for them when they are sick or want to go on vacation.  If you don’t know anyone in the cleaning business, you could make ads or flyers and pass them out to friends, neighbors, and local businesses.

Hold a virtual garage sale.  Clear out your garage, bedroom closets, and basements of unwanted goodies.  You could sell your DVDs, books, used clothes, toys, antiques, etc. and make a pretty penny doing so.  When posting online be sure to write appealing product descriptions and include the highest quality pictures possible.

Sell a strange service.  Can you create a unique sketch drawing, make hairbows, restore old photographs, edit video clips, or any other odd-ball service that others might be interested in paying for?  If so, check out the website Fiverr.com that allows users to buy and sell services for, you guessed it, $5.  Since each gig will only make you $5 a pop I would recommend trying to provide a service that you can accomplish quickly and easily.

Write your heart out.  Those with editing and writing skills might enjoy picking up some contract work from companies, blogs, or individuals who need help with their websites, promotional material, or product descriptions. Other writers might also enjoy writing e-books, ghost writing, or creating other digital documents online.

Turn on your oven and bake.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ahead many people I know would prefer to order a couple dozen baked treats from a friend than pay that same money to a national grocery chain.  Homemade goods are much tastier and word of mouth during the Christmas season will probably propel your business bigger than you can handle.

What ways do you suggest for making a little extra money for Christmas?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Manly Gift Idea: Thermapen On Sale Now!

Thermapen Sale

Do you or someone you know enjoy grilling, or baking, or just like to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly?  Well, I have some exciting news for you!  My favorite thermometer ever, the Thermapen, is on sale for only $85 when you buy 2.  They’re calling this their Buddy Sale and it’s only going on for one week from today (10/25/13).  You can read my husband’s Thermapen review or go and read the Thermapen info page to check it out for yourself.  While you’re there be sure and take a look at their limited edition cheetah print one.  I’m really debating buying my own Thermapen and leaving the other one solely for my husband’s use.   : )

Remember: Buy 2, pay only $85 each.  Go now!  This deal only lasts one week.  

These would make great Christmas gifts!!

Yankee Candle Coupon: Buy Two, Get Two Free

yankee candle

Just in time for the Fall season, Yankee Candle released a printable coupon good for two free Yankee Candles when you purchase two candles. This offer is valid on any large jar candles, tumblers, or vase candles.  Enjoy!

Coupon is valid through September 28, 2013.

TOMS Sale! $10 Off + Free Shipping!!

TOMS Sale Right now you can save $10 off any purchase at TOMS and get free shipping just by using coupon code “THANKYOU13.”  This is by far the best deal on TOMS I have ever seen! Check out the cute shoes above that you can have shipped to your home for $22.  $22 isn’t the cheapest pair of shoes in the world but it’s a great price for a pair of TOMS.  Plus, for every pair of shoes you buy from TOMS they’ll donate a pair to someone in need!  Charity and a new pair of shoes for $22?  I think that’s a good deal!

Don’t forget to shop through Ebates for 5% cash back!