How to Buy Formula on a Budget

Deals on baby formula are easy to find if you know how to shop. Here are ways to help save.

To prevent Baby from eating through all of your money, be smart about your spending on baby formula. Here are some tips on how to save on formula costs, starting from when you leave the hospital.

Alexandra Grablewski

Although the price of formula can vary drastically, depending on the brand and amount of product you're purchasing, one thing remains a constant--if you feed your hungry baby formula, you'll most likely be buying a lot of it as he grows and develops. To help shave some of that cost, we've rounded up a few of the easiest ways to save some money on infant formula.

Make the most of free samples. If you know ahead of time that you'll be using formula, check with the hospital to see if they can load you up with free samples before you take your baby home. Check in with your pediatrician to see if the office offers free samples, as well.

Head to the source. Most formula companies offer free samples and coupons when you sign up for newsletters or join their online communities. For example, Enfamil's Family Beginnings program comes with free samples of products from its Staged Nutrition line, as well as up to $60 in savings on Enfamil products. Similac StrongMoms Membership comes with up to $329 in benefits, including free samples and coupons for formulas. Find the brand you like, then be sure to check its website and Facebook and Twitter pages for similar deals.

Become a member. Sign up for free samples and coupons at the stores where you shop most frequently for your baby formula. Become a Babies 'R Us member, for example, and you'll receive coupons for formula and earn points on every purchase that you can put toward free products. The Babies 'R Us V.I.B. card contributes 10 percent more for every dollar you spend, up to $200 a year. The Target REDcard gives you 5 percent off all of your purchases, plus free shipping from Target.com.

Collect coupons online. Never leave home to shop for baby formula without first searching for coupons online. Diapers.com usually offers discounts on baby formula ordered online. Sites like RetailMeNot and Coupon Cabin are good sources for a collection of deals, discounts, and coupons.

Go Wholesale. Big-box stores Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's offer big savings on bulk items, especially if you're willing to consider their store brands, like Kirkland for Costco, for example.

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