Monday, August 24, 2009

I still haven't had to buy diapers. :-D

I have bought formula though. And contrary to popular opinion, formula doesn't have to cost you a bunch of money. Now unless a baby has special formula needs due to allergies or digestive issues, a little one can be fed for much less money than the major name brand formula companies would have you think.

The baby gazelle's diet has been supplemented by formula since birth. I used about 3 half-sized cans of organic soy formula in BG's first 2 1/2 months. Now, at that rate, that is very cheap. But how much does it cost to feed a baby full time on formula?
Enfamil and Similac would have you to believe that it costs $24-$28 a week (one can per week) to feed a baby. And if you're like me and don't wish to purchase infant formula manufactured in China, you may think that you have to spend about $30 a week for a can of Earth's Best Organic Dairy formula.
The funny thing is, many store brand/generic formulas are manufactured in the same place as the name brand. But when packaged, a different label is slapped on- along with a much lower price. For example, I just switched BG to an organic dairy formula sold at Walmart under the Parent's Choice label. The formula is made in a Vermont at the same plant that manufactures the name brand. A full size can (1 week of feedings) is $14.97. That's a whole lot cheaper than a lot of your other family members eat for in a week! Generics of Similac and Enfamil are also available at half the price of the name brand.
The point is that you don't have to break the bank to feed a baby. Plus, if you score great deals on diapers, you'll free up money to pay for that formula!