Free formula samples
Chris passed along a big money-saver:
I learned from our nurse practitioner that we can get free formula from our local children's health center. It turns out formula companies are always dropping off far too many samples, including large tubs of the powder to make formula. I checked this out with a few other locations not related to my town's health center, and they reported the same thing. This formula retails for $20 in stores, so getting free tubs of it makes for a quick cost savings. (We breastfeed and supplement with formula when he wants more than my wife produces).
[I found this to be true at our pediatrician's office as well. I didn't need the formula, so I picked up several cans with their permission and donated it to our local food bank. -- Ed.]