Make Your Own Baby Food
If you have a child in the baby food stage, you're experiencing the sticker shock at the check out counter of the supermarket. Sure, you can stock up at Sam's Club, or find deals once in a while. But one of the best ways to save a little money is to make your own baby food.
I did it, and I will readily admit, I didn't really do it because I wanted my child to eat better food (I believe baby food is pretty wholesome, even from a jar) or because I'm all organic. I did it to save money. Which meant a lot of times I still bought a few jars of baby food, for convenience and for foods I didn't easily make. But I saved a little money on our grocery bill by supplementing with homemade, and found it relatively easy. Here's how.
Whenever I was baking potatoes for dinner, I threw in a butternut squash and a few sweet potatoes. Once baked, these foods are easily mashed up, or throw them in a food processor to puree even more.
Instead of buying baby-food jars of applesauce, just get a big jar of your store brand's unsweetened applesauce. It's the same thing, and cheaper per serving!
When steaming carrots or squash for your family, throw in a few extra to mash up for the little one.
And of course, bananas! When I think of how much money I spent buying jars of banana baby food for my first child, I could kick myself. Bananas are super easy to mash up, and before being mashed, they're wonderfully portable. And cheap!
Share your baby food tricks with the Frugal Family community. I'd love to know what else people are mashing up, especially ideas for things that aren't orange and yellow!
-- Karen Alley/Web Editor