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January 15th, 2012, 12:27 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 144
Hubby and I are ttc, we are really trying to plan ahead and although im hoping to breastfeed, we all know that I may not be able to for whatever reason. So now im looking into formula feeding.
It seems VERY expensive, so im wondering how do you all afford it????

How much are you spending per week if you are only ff?
is there a way to save on formula costs? specific place to buy?

any other tips or experiences would be great. I did some looking online and one can was over $30.00 and I think that might only last one day??
that can't be right can it?

please tell me what you are all doing! thanks in advance!!
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January 16th, 2012, 07:58 AM
Happy Mommy
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Midwest
Posts: 21,659
1 can usually lasts 1 week. you can get coupons from the manufacturers

and shop locally, that's usually where you will get your best deals
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January 17th, 2012, 05:34 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,972
Susie is now 6 months and 1 22oz canister of powder lasts about 5 days. Regular price is $27 for that canister.

How I save money:
1. I signed up and recieve formula checks. (My sister signed up also - claiming she had a baby the same day and gives me the checks they send her.) When you sign up tell them you plan to exclusively breastfeed. The checks you recieve are higher. You wont know till baby arrives which brand will work best for him/her. So sign up for all the major companies. You can swap the checks you dont need for ones you do (moms in your DDC will be most likely to swap).
2. Coupons! Every so often, there are coupons in the newspaper or printable online. when they come up, print as many as you can and get anyone you know to print them for you also! You can use both a check and a coupon when buying a canister.
3. Buy as much as you can when the price is AMAZING! CVS ran an awesome deal a few weeks ago, that when stacked with coupons and checks made the canisters under $9 each. I bought as many as I could. Look for the sales. Target runs sales every so often as do most stores. I make sure we have stocked up so that I dont have to ever pay full price.
4. I have heard the generic is much cheaper. This is the only option I dont try. Susie does well on gentalease enfamil, so thats what we stick to. I do mix in some regular every so often but I dont risk other brands.


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