Save Money: Make Your Own Baby Food!
When my kids were old enough to eat baby food, but still too young to do a lot of chewing, I decided to make baby food rather than buy it in the jar. I did this for a few reasons.
First, I wanted to know exactly what they were eating. Second, we have always eaten fresh foods, so I knew what I was feeding them was good for them. And third, I knew if I fed the girls what the rest of the family ate it would save money.
I began with the basics. The girls ate a lot of avocados, mashed bananas, and steamed and mashed carrots when we first started off. Then, when they were old enough, I moved into proteins, which I would puree in the food processor and add to the veggies. If I fixed chicken, potatoes, and carrots for dinner, the girls ate these, too, though, of course, they were more liquid than solid. Snacks consisted of mashed up fruit or vegetables. The only time I had to buy food in jars was when we were traveling and I wasn’t sure I’d have access to good foods and/or a blender or processor to make it the consistency the girls needed it to be.
I feel this one strategy saved us a lot of money in that first year or so. I know it takes some time to do this, but in reality it didn’t require much more work than what I was already doing by preparing dinner.
What about you? What is the one thing you do that saves your family money in terms of child rearing costs?
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