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How to get FREE or CHEAP baby formula

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My second child was diagnosed with a milk sensitivity at 2 months and was prescribed Similac Alimentum. We could finally sigh in relief. There was a solution! No more endless crying! The end was in sight. Bad news: the formula was $30 a can! Our growing boy quickly started going through 2 cans a week. Frugal mom that I am, I quickly figured out some tips that got me REALLY cheap and even free formula!


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CVS
Chances are, you may already have a CVS Extracare card. If not, it is easy to sign up! They send weekly emails with discount ranging from $4 off to 30% off. In addition to the emails, you get quarterly rewards of 2% back. According to CVS, I saved $572.82 from August to December-NOT including all the extra coupons I used! Sign up for the emails here and get a 20% off email! CVS has a wide variety of formulas, including ones made for sensitive stomaches such as Similac Alimentum and Enfamil Nutramigen, as well as a host of other baby, kid and mom products!

 


 

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Checks & Samples
The two biggest formula brands, Enfamil and Similac, send $5 checks and samples in the mail! Enfamil is easy- sign up for their Family Beginnings Program here. Similac requires you to sign up for Strong Moms here. I also sent an email here, telling them my doctor recommended Alimentum to me and that I wanted to try a sample. A week later, I had a free sample (worth $30), some samples of their other formulas, as well as $5 checks every few weeks.

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Doctor’s Offices
I annoy the heck out of my doctor’s office because I’m always asking for coupons and samples. Let’s face it- I have two young children so I’m there often. They have $2-$3 coupons and samples! Recently, the front staff gave me 4 cans and I nearly fainted! Don’t just ask the pediatrician: your OB, the dentist, the hospital where you deliver- you name it! My OB actually gave us an Enfamil welcome kit that had a voucher for a free 24 case of Enfamil! Our hospital gave us a case of Similac. The key thing here is just ask! Every bit helps.


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Trading
If you are loyal to one brand, you should still sign up for the competing brands coupons! With my son, I was getting Enfamil checks even though we were bound to Similac. Enfamil sends coupons much more frequently and I hated seeing them go to waste. I was familiar with babycenter.com but had no idea they had a community group for trading! You can post what you have/what you’re looking for or browse posts to find what you need. It is not limited to formula- all sorts of things are up for grabs! I eventually formed a formula coupon pen pal- we send each other whatever we get! Check it out here. There are endless websites and Facebook groups for these types of trading and selling- doing a quick google search should turn up plenty of options in your area.


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Ebay

At first, I was very hesitant to buy on Ebay, but a quick search showed dozens of highly rated sellers with the baby formula I needed! This was especially handy when I didn’t have time for a weekly trip to CVS or if they didn’t have the specific formula I needed in stock- I could purchase 8-12 cans of formula at once for a great price and save up my coupons/checks for one huge haul at CVS.

 


 

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My recent trip to CVS
Purchased: 8 Similac Alimentum Ready to Feed 1 QT bottles, $10.79 each
Used: 8 ($5) Similac checks, 6 ($2) Similac coupons and a 25% off CVS coupon.

$86.32
-$12.00 Coupons
-$21.58 CVS coupon
-$40.00 Checks


$12.74!!! $1.59 per bottle!

THAT’S 85% OFF!!

Those are my tips for free and cheap baby formula! If you have a tip I didn’t include, please share!

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