My money saving tips with 2 kids under the age of 2
I have two boys that are 2 and under and we are a one income family. Since my oldest is still not potty trained, the cost of diapers and wipes add up quickly. One thing that I do to save money on wipes is by making my own. With one roll of Bounty paper towels, 1 1/4 cup water, and 1 TBS each of baby oil and baby wash, I can fill 2 wipe containers and the wipes last me almost up to 2 weeks. One roll of regular Bounty paper towels has 52 sheets per roll so you are getting 104 wipes for a fraction of the cost of store bought! As far as the coupons I get for wipes, I use them to purchase the small, travel size packages of wipes to throw in my diaper bag or have as a back-up. For diapers, I use store brand if I can't find deals (Kroger and Publix brand diapers are awesome) but I will admit that I do love the Huggies and Pampers due to the rewards programs. Publix and Target are my lifesavers when it comes to this. With their coupons plus my manufacterer coupons, I can stock my youngest son's closet with diapers and not feel like I am breaking the bank too much. A major way that I save money with both boys is by making my own laundry detergent. I seriously do a load or more of laundry a day between bedding, soiled clothes, and my husbands job. I was skeptical about how it would work at first, but the recipe I use works great (I was sold when it took the nasty funk smell out of my husband's workout clothes), lasts me 3 months even with doing several loads, and by making it, I save over $15 by making one batch vs. buying the 2 170 oz Purexs I was originally getting. With both boys down for a nap, I can easily make a batch of detergent in 20 minutes and if I need to do a load before it sets up, I use one of the one load detergent samples that I recieve in the mail or get for free or cheap with coupons. With my youngest beginning solids, I skip the store bought food unless I have coupons and can get it cheap and make my own. It's amazing how much more you can get by spending $1 on 4 sweet potatoes vs spending $1 on a package of 2 premade sweet potatoes. I don't have the freezer space or time to make all the foods at once so I spend an afternoon every couple days and make 1 or 2 of the fruits or veggies. I've also found that some grocery stores especially Kroger will mark down very ripe bananas or other fruits which makes your baby food bill even cheaper!