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Formula Buying Tips

Buying formula is a significant expense of parenthood - here is a list of ways you can monitor your formula expenses to make smarter choices.

  • Do the math

    We realize that it’s not always easy or fun, but it can be quite worthwhile to take the time and figure out how much you’re paying per gram. You may be surprised by what you find by comparing prices between brands as well as by comparing types and sizes. Once you have looked at the label and figured out how many total prepared grams you will be getting in any given tin, divide the price by the total number of prepared grams. Depending on the retailer, the price per gram may already be calculated and listed for your convenience right next to the total price posted on the display shelf.
  • Stock up

    To do this, you will first want to make sure that your baby is perfectly content with the formula they are getting. Then take advantage of any sales and coupons you may spot along the way. You will want to remember to check the expiration date printed on the cans before stocking up. While many will have expiration dates well more than a year, you will not want to get stuck with a bunch of cans whose time will be up before you can use them. 


  • Save receipts

    Early on, it is more difficult to know for sure that the formula you buy now is going to be the formula you buy forever after (i.e., through the end of the first year). While you are still settling in over the next several weeks, we suggest tucking your receipts–for formula and all your other new-baby purchases–away somewhere for safekeeping and easy retrieval.

Source Heading Home With Your Newborn, 2nd Edition (Copyright © 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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