A Hippie in the Making

With one toddler running around, another baby on the way, and only one full-time source of income, my husband and I have been learning the fine art of budgeting. Certain items eat up a good portion of our weekly grocery budget. As you can probably guess, these are the baby-related items like diapers, wipes, and baby food.

I decided that we could probably save a lot of money if I made my own baby food and wipes. We also already have some cloth diapers so we have decided to switch over entirely for baby #2.

Making baby food is easy. Cook it, puree it, add water to reach desired consistency, and freeze it. Perhaps I’ll post some recipes another time. Now that Evelyn is older, we don’t have to bother making batches of baby food anymore. She simply eats whatever we do.

Making baby wipes is also simple. Here is a great recipe for baby wipes: Cut a roll of high-quality paper towel (such as Bounty) in half and put one half in a container. In a separate container, mix 1 cup of water, 1 tsp baby shampoo, 3 tbsp aloe vera gel, and 2 tsp baby oil. Pour over the paper towel, close the container, and invert. If you want to skip the aloe vera, add 1 tbsp baby shampoo and 1 tbsp baby oil to your cup of water.

I’m not sure about other parents, but my husband and I have a shelf FULL of baby products that were given to us at our baby showers. We haven’t even gotten through a quarter of them and our daughter is 15 months old. And, due to the fact that I am an avid “couponer”, I have rolls upon rolls of paper towels. I spent less than 10 cents per roll, after the discounts. So making my own baby wipes is virtually free.

These are such simple money-savers! My sister is accusing me of turning into a hippie. Perhaps she is right. But honestly, I’d rather be a happy hippie than depressed and in debt!

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