5 Ways to Save Money with a Baby


Breastfeed If You Can.

This isn't an option for everyone, but breastfeeding can save oodles of money on the cost of food for your baby. The average cost to formula feed an infant for one year is anywhere from $1,400 to $1,700 -- that's a lot of money! If you can nurse, it's essentially free (though you may have to buy a breast pump, which can cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars).

Nursing mothers can burn up to 500 extra calories a day, so you'll likely spend a bit more at the grocery store each week. However, the extra cost associated with eating more is nowhere near the amount of money you'd spend on formula. Plus, you can snack throughout the day without feeling guilty, which is one of the biggest breastfeeding perks, in our opinion.