We all know that sometimes living a natural, organic lifestyle can be a bit pricey. There are definitely ways to make it more affordable, but you really have to look and do your research. Thankfully, one area in which it is more affordable and easy to become more natural is parenting. The truth is that natural parenting does, in fact, save you money.
Let’s take a look:
First things first. Have you priced formula lately? Woah. It is outrageous! Formula costs on average .11 cents per ounce. Take a look at this chart from the KellyMom. It is crazy. Basically, by breastfeeding, you are going to save AT LEAST $1000, if not more. KellyMom also has some really great sources on breastfeeding. Who, what, when, where, why, and how. She covers it all.
Cloth diapers are a really great way to save money and the environment. Check out these 5 Reasons to Use Cloth Diapers. It is healthier and more affordable. It is also much easier than you may think.
Homemade baby food
Sure you can buy healthy organic, non-gmo baby food at the store but the prices are really high and they do add up. The average is about $1.50 per pouch or jar. Depending on where you buy it and what brand you are getting. Take a look at this detailed cost break down. You’d be surprised how much cheaper it is to make your own. You can find some simple and healthy baby food recipes at WholesomeBabyFood.
Ditch the paper towels
Similarly, you shouldn’t waste all your money on loads of paper towels that get thrown in the trash. It would be a simple transition to use only cloth to clean up messes. It would only take one extra load of laundry a week and it is very affordable. You can get a pack of 24 microfiber cleaning towels on Amazon for only $18! Just buy two of those and keep reusing them.
You can sign up here to receive coupons every month from Target. Some of the coupons you will get will be on toys, diapers, feeding supplies, wipes, etc. Target has a more broad selection of natural and organic options when it comes to parenting. The nice thing about these coupons is that you will also get deals for those organic and natural brands!
There is an abundance of fun and free things you can do with your kids. One of my favorites: the park. Kids love the park, it’s free, and who doesn’t want to spend the afternoon in nature? A few other activities you can do with your kids are: 1) Take them to the lake 2) Build a garden with them 3) Play with sidewalk chalk 4) Play in the snow 5) Go fishing 6) Check out a kids museum 7) Go to the library. The list goes on and on. Do some research about the activities in your area. I know here in Kansas City there is a really great place called Deanna Rose and it’s FREE. It is basically a farm run by volunteers. Kids love it. They can feed the goats, ride little john deere tractors, watch the farmer milk the cow, pet the cats, mine for gold, watch the chickens, etc. It is interactive, fun, and free.
Save money by packing your kids’ school lunches. The lunch provided at the school is usually expensive and not even close to healthy.
Skip the special baby towels
Honestly, you don’t need to pay for the overpriced special baby towels at Target or BuyBuyBaby. The towels you already have will work just fine. I promise.
Bottled water can get expensive and is moreover not the best for the environment. We bought a nice water filter and use the tap water. You can buy water filters just about anywhere. We choose to use the Berkey. It is an expensive filter though. If you are looking for something more affordable just look into the Brita water filters. You can get them at Target and Walmart.
Anything can be a toy
In the first place, you don’t necessarily have to spend a bunch of money on toys. My infants’ favorite toys right now are wooden spoons. It is something I already have and it is healthier for her to gnaw on than plastic. You would be surprised what you can find around the house that your infant and toddler would love to play with! Get creative!
For instance, homemade baby products can go a long way. They save a lot of money and they are ultimately healthier for your child and the environment. For example, check out this homemade baby wash and shampoo. In addition, here is a really good baby balm recipe to use as a lotion. Lastly, you might want to make your own homemade diaper rash cream. To be honest, though, many moms have had success using plain coconut oil as a moisturizer and as a diaper cream. Give it a shot and see what works best for you!
I think I just about covered it all! I am curious how everyone else saves money on natural parenting? Comment and tell me your favorite recipes, tricks, and secrets.