Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

I am a stay-at-home mom and as much as I would love to go grocery shopping by myself, that just isn't realistic for our lifestyle. My daughter is in school, so I usually only have one in tow when I grocery shopping these days. My toddler son. Two of his favorite ways to keep him entertained are toys and snacks.

Tips for Grocery Shopping with a Toddler #GerberWinWin

As soon as we head into our local Publix, we make sure to get the car grocery cart. It's a fun way to keep little ones entertained while grocery shopping. Sometimes we will head over to their bakery department and get a complimentary cookie, but most of the time we head straight to their baby aisle and grab some Gerber® toddler snacks. Our new favorites are the Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™.

Finding Your Formula for Happiness

As I journey through this thing called motherhood, I'm learning that not everyone's journey is the same. Everyone has different things that work for them because not only is every child different, but everyone's circumstance is different. You can't judge someone else's journey just because it isn't in tune with how you would parent.

Baby Colic Help
Image by Peach & Oak Photography

I breastfed both of my children. I did it for financial reasons, but there were so many other benefits. At different times, I did try to give my daughter formula. But she wouldn't take it. She had issues with her latch, I had issues with supply, and she had colic. With the endless hours of crying because of baby's discomfort, I was willing to try anything.

Easy Summer Snacks for Toddlers

My son is a picky eater. It's not really that he's picky but getting nutrients into him is a hassle. He likes to "snack" and I don't mind providing snacks as long as they are good for him too. Recently, a friend of mine introduced us to Gerber Lil' Beanies. They are made with navy beans and provide 2g of protein per serving. She had brought them to ball practice, and I thought, "that's the perfect go-to summertime toddler snack". They are easily portable, and my son loves them, so it's definitely a win-win for me.

While shopping at Kroger, we decided to grab a few.

Tips to Help Your Baby with Colic

Colic. The hours and hours of crying that you just can't seem to ease. It's rough. My daughter had colic. I had never experienced it with another baby before. When I was a nanny, their daughter had colic, but she would only cry at night after I had gone home. But my daughter was a different story and I remember the long days of bouncing and rocking and burping. Baby colic is quite common: In fact, 3 out of every 10 babies may suffer from it at some point. Baby colic usually starts in the first 6 weeks of life and may continue for 3 to 4 months (or longer). So I decided to share what worked for us to relieve our baby's discomfort and hopefully you can find some relief too.

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DIY Copy-Cat Baby Food Recipes {Plus Tips for Making Your Own}

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DIY Copy Cat Make Your Own Baby Food Recipes

Making your own baby food is not only economical but you also know what is going in your child's food. I recently received a Magic Baby Bullet Baby Care System which I love! And so I did a little Pinterest research and, thus, this little copy-cat baby food recipes list was born.
The thing is, my daughter ate TONS of other baby food products. And I wanted to know what was in her food and that there were no preservatives. Now I must admit, I didn't do the best at making ALL of her baby food, although I did try (of course I only had a blender because lightning struck my food processor after one use, no joke). But I did try and buy organic when I could. But that can be pricey. But if you are on a budget (and who isn't, these days?), making your own baby food is definitely the way to go. So here's a list I have found of my daughter's favorite baby food items, but the Pinterest-found copy-cat version! PLUS some other fun tips and tricks to help you with making your own!

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Little man is discovering foods. He has 4 teeth now...yes FOUR! And so he has been testing out more and more solids...within reason. He isn't a fan of baby food anymore, he just one day went through a phase of not wanting to eat it. And for a while breastmilk was satisfying him. But then he wanted something more. And before he had teeth I had NO idea what to do. He would try to gum some bread here and there. But then when we were on vacation, we grabbed some Gerber Wagon Wheels and he was in heaven!

Gerber Generations: Toddler

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Shopping Trips 7/1/12 57% Savings

So as some of you may know, we bought a 2005 Saturn VUE from Car Max. But it was a DUD! UGH! It has been very annoying dealing with this but since it was under the week (yes, week) return policy and 30 day warranty, we just returned it. The transmission was shot and a few other things messed up. So my husband is back to be my chauffeur (he has a manual and I can only drive an automatic). This week I went over budget but not by much and I did get things we desperately needed (cheese and dog food). Doesn't it seem that you run out of everything at once? I went to my trusty Publix and Kroger stores. Things didn't go as I planned at Kroger but I believe that was because my husband was annoyed by the whole process at that point. Any who, here is the break down of my shopping trips:

Went to Publix first (brought my trusty reusable bags):

4 Kraft Ranch Anything Dressing BOGO @ $2.85 = -$0.30 (2 $1/2 TQ & 4 $1/1 Manu)
2 Purina Busy Bones BOGO @ $3.49 = -$2.51 (2 $2 PQ & 2 $1/1 Manu)
4 Gerber Graduates crunchies and 3 puffs @ 4/$7 =$3.25 or $0.46 each ($2 off $12 TQ & 7 $0.50/1 Manu)
3 Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap @ 10/$10 = $0.40 (1 $0.50 TQ & 3 $0.35/1 Manu)
32 lb bag Purina Dog Chow (not pictured) @$17.99 = $15.99 ($2 off PQ)
2 Sargento Sliced Cheese @ 2/$5 =  $2.45 ($1/2 PQ & $0.50/1 plus $0.55/1 Manu)
Dozen Publix Large Grade Eggs @ $1.59 = FREE (FREE TQ)

Total spent = $22.47
Total Savings = $49.44

Then we headed to Kroger:

Kroger Fruit Bars @ $2 = FREE (coupon b/c #imabzzagent)
Kroger brand Swiffer pads @ $3.59
Kroger Pizza @ $3.99 = FREE (coupon b/c #imabzzagent)
2 Tennessee Pride Sausage biscuits @ $7.49  = $14.33 ($1/1 IP manu & $0.55/1 manu)
2 Kroger shredded cheese @ $2.19 = $3.68 ($0.70/2 Kroger mailer)
Bananas @ $0.57/lb = $0.82
2 Fresh Selections Salad @ $1.79 = $3.58
2 Kroger Croutons @ 10/$10 = $2
Kroger sliced cheese @ $1.79 = $1.39 ($0.40/1 Kroger home Mailer)
Dial Hand Soap @ 10/$10 = $1 (forgot to use $0.35/1 but did get Saving Star $0.50)

Mega Savings:
4 Huggies wipes @ $1.99 = $3.96 or $0.99 each (4 $0.50/1 Manu)
2 Ritz crackers @ $2.19 (last minute buy because I couldn't find the M&Ms) = $4.38
3 Original Cheerios @ $1.99 = $2.97 or $0.99 each (3 $1/1 Manus)
1 Skintimate Shave Gel @ $1.97 = $1.42 ($0.55/1 Manu from Kroger Mailer)

Did get $2 Catalina and 102 Fuel Points. Also Remember we get an employee discount.

Total Spent =$40.85
Total Savings = $34.56

TOTAL FOR BOTH: $63.32 ($13.32 OVER Budget)


Publix 3/30/12 - 83% Savings!

Okay so today I saved 83% at Publix and yes I had some freebie coupons that I got through trading, there are some things that even non-couponers can get for cheap. :)

Huggies wipes - $2.43 (regular price)
2 Earth's Best cereal bars - $3.29 (regular price)
Earth's Best cheese crackers - $2.39 (regular Price)
Earth's Best vanilla cookies - $2.39 (regular price)
Yobaby drinkable yogurts - $3.99 (regular price)
Bananas - $0.69/lb - $1.44
Red Grapes - $1.69/lb - $2.82
Asparagus - $2.49/lb - $2.61
2 Wishbone Dressings - BOGO $2.65
Gerber Goodstart Formula - $13.69 (regular price)
Gorton's Fish sticks - $5.99 (regular price)
2 Ragu sauce - BOGO $2.19
2 Pam cooking sprays - BOGO $3.49
Ocean Spray Craisins - BOGO $2.45 - $1.23
Huggies Big Pak - $19.99 (sale price)

Total before coupons: $73.88

Coupons Used:
- $5 off $50 from Boy Scout card
- FREE Gorton's product $5.99 exp 3/31/12
- $1 off Yobaby exp 3/31/12
- 2 $0.50/1 Ragu Printable
- 2 $0.50/1 Wishbone Printable
- FREE Gerber Formula (value $12)
- Gerber check $3.50
- Publix $3 off Huggies diapers (not jumbo pack) from baby club
- Publix BOGO - Buy Huggies diaper get wipes free $2.43
- $0.75/1 Huggies wipes manu
- FREE Big Pak Huggies diapers $19.99 exp 3/31/12
- $1/1 Craisins from March Disney Family Fun Magazine
- 4 $0.55/1 Earth's Best item (received from emailing them and telling them how much I love their products)

Coupon savings: $60.77

Total paid after taxes: $15.55

83% Savings! :D

Couponing is hip too!

the crack cocaine of middle aged married American women",
quote from 'smartarse001'
on The Krazy Coupon Lady's youtube page.

I coupon. I'm not ashamed of it. I actually get excited about it and enjoy doing it. I've saved a ton of money for my family in the few weeks I have done it. I'm a twenty five year old stay-at-home mom. I worked a full time job before I had my daughter. So going from two incomes to one income PLUS another person was an adjustment.

I must admit, I got into it because of that show Extreme Couponing on TLC. Yes, I joined the fad. But now I can't believe I didn't do this before and I don't understand why everyone doesn't shop this way! It has been like an extra income for our family.

These are BABY things I got for a GREAT deal:

Countless jars of Beechnut Baby Food plus a box of their cereal for FREE

Our review:
HUGE FAN! I can not say enough great things about this baby food. Perfect texture, tastes good, the only thing is I wish they made some in BPA free plastic containers as in some varieties the metallic lid can make the food taste funny.

Gerber Graduates for FREE

Our review:
She is almost two now and we are STILL huge fans Gerber puffs and crunchies. The veggie and tomato varieties of the crunchies are her favorites and the sweet potato is her favorite of the puffs! :)

4 Beechnut Toddler Mini Meals for FREE

Our review:
Not a fan which is sad to say because she loved their actual baby food and loves the fruities now. Sweet Pea didn't care for them and I didn't care for the texture. They are suppose to be stage 4 (whatever they means) but stage 3 Gerber baby food has a thicker texture. The 'macaroni and cheese' were runny and hardly had any noodles. I wouldn't even buy these again if they were free, except to donate. And maybe not even then because I don't want the company thinking people like these. :/

Tons of FREE Huggies wipes!

Our review:
A HUGE fan! I like these way more than Pampers. Yes, Pampers are softer but they take a TON to get everything clean. And yes I may get them super cheap after coupons, but I still care about where my money goes. We give Huggies wipes TWO Mommy thumbs and two baby thumbs up! ;)

MULTIPLE Playtex sippy cups for FREE
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Our review:
LOVE THESE CUPS! They were the only ones that helped my sweet pea easily adjust to using a sippy cup. They have a softer spout than some of the options out PLUS they have great easy to grip handles.

Why WOULDN'T I coupon? :D

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