Feeding your baby solid food for the first time is a big developmental step. It also means there's one more thing to add to your grocery list. You don't have to spend every last dime on baby food, though. Here are some easy ways to cut back.
Make it yourself. With the help of a hand blender and some ingredients from your family's dinner, it's often easy to make homemade baby food. Of course you'll need to make sure that these ingredients are safe for tiny tummies, and that they're blended enough to make the food easy to swallow.
Search manufacture sites. Many baby food manufacturers offer coupons and discounts on their websites. For example, Gerber often posts coupons for baby food on its Special Offers page, and signing up for the Beech Nut newsletter gives you access to discounts; also, check out Earth's Best Promotions & Offers page for deals.
Become a member. Most drugstores offer promotions and coupons when you sign up for their free membership programs. Get personalized coupons and cash-off deals with CVS's Extra Care program or become a Walgreens Balance Rewards member to earn points you can redeem for dollars off future purchases. Rite Aid also has a rewards program that allows you to save up points to put toward savings on future purchases.
Do research. Before heading out to pick up baby food, always do a quick online search to see if you can find some coupons. The Coupon Network often has deals on baby food, as do Target, RetailMeNot, and Walmart.
Join a Baby Club. Check with your local grocery store to see if it offers a Baby Club with coupons and discounts. Price Chopper has a Baby Club for kids age 4 and under, Publix's program is for kids under 2, and Shop Rite's Baby Bucks program is good on all baby items.