5 Ways to Save Money with a Baby

Make Your Own Baby Food.

Once your baby starts eating solids, you can make your own baby food and avoid forking over extra money for the overpriced jars in the grocery store. Not only will you save money, but you'll know exactly what's going into that precious little tummy. Generally, most jarred baby foods contain few, if any preservatives, but by using fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, you can be 100 percent sure that there will be no added preservatives or fillers in your baby's diet. Your piece of mind will likely be an even better benefit than the money you'll save.

Baby-food makers cost anywhere from $30 to a few hundred dollars, but using a regular household blender or food processor will also do the job. No matter what equipment you use, just be sure to blend the food well to avoid big chunks that your baby can choke on.

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