When we had our oldest son 11+ years ago, we were still young, inexperienced and focused on getting the “right” kind of brands for our son whether it was clothes, diapers or formula. As two young college students on a tight budget, we quickly had a reality check, when the name brand baby foods, formula etc. broke our baby budget completely. This is when we discovered the brilliancy of store brand formula, store brand baby food, store brand diapers, and as we began comparing ingredients we made the switch to store brand. Our experience completely changed our attitude towards store brands, and not only did we begin to buy mostly store brand baby food, formula and diapers, but we also began to buy the store brand version of our own favorite foods.
As parents we have only become wise and more fiscally responsible with age, and our love for store brands has become a permanent part of our strive for frugality and living a frugal life without sacrificing on quality.
We are fortunate to have a Target store in walking distance, and the Target Up & Up brand has never disappointed. Our one-year-old Bellamy Blue and her little friends love the Up & Up Little Puffs baby snacks, and whenever we find coupons, sales and other discounts, we always stock up, since Bellamy Blue shares her snacks with her friends.
Perrigo Nutritionals sent us a variety of baby food and Puffs from Up & Up (Target), Cottontails, Parent’s Choice (Walmart), Comforts (Kroger) and Meijer Baby (Meijer).
Our one-year-old were not thrilled about the yogurt bites, but her older friends loved these meringue type yogurt bites. However, Bellamy Blue loves all of the puffs, especially the Comforts strawberry apple puffs, which she gladly shared with her dolls.
This was actually the first time that we tried store-brand baby food with Bellamy Blue, since we’ve been able to get some fantastic deals on the national brands between sales and deals. The store-brand baby food from Perrigo Nutritionals were comparable to the national brands that we have been using, and Bellamy Blue especially loves the orchard sweet potato baby food as well as the Parent’s Choice Squeezable Fruit pouches such as the Apple, Peach and Sweet Potato as well as the Pear, Apple, Strawberry and Pineapple.
The baby food is made with 100 percent real fruits and veggies, and contains no artificial flowers. I did not find any difference between the store brand baby food and the national brand baby foods that we have been feeding Bellamy Blue, so next time I cannot find a coupon and a sale, we’ll definitely be turning to store brand baby food again.
Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest manufacturer of Store Brand Infant Formulas in the world, and the company makes the store brand baby products at their Ohio and Vermont facilities, both of which are FDA-inspected, ISO 9001:2008-certified facilities. The company has been in the baby formula business for 29 years. Perrigo Nutritionals produces 11 different formulas that are sold in more than 68 retailer chains including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger, Babies R’ Us, and other leading retailers in United States.
Bellamy Blue was breastfed until a few weeks ago, when she turned one. Since then, we have been using the free formulas that the name brand companies sent to us, and when we ran out we found a great store brand formula deal at Target after coupons and cartwheel discounts.
The Up and Up baby formula as well as the Parent’s Choice baby formula were again very similar to the national brand formula, and Bellamy Blue likes all of them.
Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families
Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.
Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!
Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.
Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website – StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com). This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year.
You can buy the store brand formula, baby food and toddler/baby snacks at your local store including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger, Babies R’ Us.
Make sure to sign up for Target Cartwheel to get 5 percent off the Up & Up formula and baby food, print Up & Up coupons from the Target website, and right now you can also bring along a $15 off $40 Up & Up coupon to save even more. Just text UPANDUP to 827438 to get this coupon on your phone.
One of Frugality Is Free’s readers will win a prize package similar to the one pictured above full of store brand baby food, snack, formula and a copy of the new book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine – owner of one of my favorite blogs Money Saving Mom.
The giveaway prize contains:
- A copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine
- 1 container of store brand formula
- 9 assorted Puree Pouches
- 5 assorted Puffs
- 4 assorted Yogurt Bites
This giveaway will end Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at midnight EST.
Disclaimer: The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with Perrigo Nutritiona