by Mishra H. Keller
While pregnant, a post in the Savvy Ladies newsletter "Finding The Money For a Baby" was especially interesting. After reading the article, the wheels started spinning and I brainstormed a few more money-saving ideas I thought would be helpful to other ladies in the same situation.
Make Your Own Baby Food - Nature gives us so much of what we already need. Breast feed your baby and he/she eats the same food as you, for free.
CSA's - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers excellent value on fresh, locally-produced, organic food. Eat healthy, spend less money and support your local farmers.
Buy Bulk – And I do not mean Sam’s Club! If you have a Whole Foods or similar health food store in your area, buy staples like oatmeal, quinoa, dried fruit, beans and peas in bulk; you save money because you don't pay for packaging or advertising. Plus, you feed yourself - and your baby - wholesome food without unnatural ingredients and preservatives.
Eat in Season - Produce that is in season is cheaper: buy what's on sale and you’ll discover it's usually what's in season. And, you’ll help support the environment by keeping demand low for produce that has to be flown in or driven hundreds of miles to your supermarket.
Weekend Cooking - Cook large quantities on the weekend and portion them out for quick meals during the week. Some meals could even be frozen for the next week. This will not only save you money but time that would’ve been spent cooking throughout the week.
Use Animal Protein like a Condiment - 1/4 lb of meat will flavor a jar of spaghetti sauce just as well as a pound! Most of us could stand to cut down on meat consumption anyway - to help keep our guts and immune systems healthy - which in turn will save money on medications and trips to the doctor.
What ways have you - or did you - save money during pregnancy?