Everyone knows that having a child is expensive. But they are so worth it! By the time you find out you’re pregnant (pregnancy test $15) to the time junior blows out the candles on his first birthday cake (cake $20), parents can expect to spend upwards of $18,000. And that’s on baby's first year alone. By the time junior reaches 18, the average middle-income family will spend $160,140, according to recent government calculations. That doesn't even touch college tuition. Ouch!
Children are priceless, but raising them is probably the most expensive thing a parent will ever do. But there's good news. One of the few times companies are eager to hand out free things is when someone is having a baby!
When author, Sue Hannah found out that she was expecting twins, she couldn't wait for their arrival. But feeling the financial strain that goes along with being a new parent (times two), she was definitely a little nervous.
Desperate to find extra help for her expanding family, she contacted almost every company that manufactured baby items. She scoured through parenting magazines, searched the Internet and made phone calls until her husband thought she was suffering a pregnancy-induced craze. He claimed she couldn’t get something for nothing. Boy, was he wrong!
She was surprised to find out that many companies offered free stuff to new and expecting parents--and with no obligation to buy anything! She received hundreds of dollars worth of fabulous freebies for herself and her babies, including free diapers, baby wipes, baby food, baby bibs, bottles, free gift packs, parenting starter kits, free parenting videos and software, coupons, parenting books and magazines, and tons of free samples in the mail, all from well-known companies like Huggies, Gerber, Heinz, Nestlé Carnation, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.
"It was really exciting to receive free stuff in the mail", says Hannah. "These companies were eager to respond to my requests for free samples and promotional items and within a couple of weeks of contacting them, my mailbox was flooded with valuable free stuff--and with no obligation to buy anything! I could hardly wait to see what my mailman brought me in the mail each day! I filled up three large storage bins with free stuff for my twins, and saved a ton of money!”
Details are available at the website. http://www.free-baby-samples.com/
Hannah’s final words of advice: "Join as many mailing lists as you can to take advantage of what these companies have to offer. Enjoy your baby. Cherish every moment!”
Note: When contacting these companies, ask to be put on their mailing list to receive free promotional items for new and expecting parents. If you are expecting multiples, be sure to mention that in your correspondence with them.
Check out Sue Hannah's website at http://www.free-baby-samples.com/, where you can sign up for these and many other free baby offers online. Simple, Fast....and FREE!!
1. Pampers (Procter & Gamble)
US or Canada call 800-543-0480 or 800-726-7377
U.S. Website: http://www.us.pampers.com/en_US/home.do (click on "JoinPampers.com")
Canadian Website: http://www.pampers.ca/ (click on “coupons and special offers”)
2. Huggies (Kimberly-Clark Corporation)
US or Canada call 800-544-1847
3. Johnson & Johnson
US call 800-526-3967
Canada call 800-361-8068
U.S. Website: http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/
Canadian Website: http://www.jnjcanada.com/
4. Bright Beginnings
5. Nestlé Infant Nutrition
US call 800-242-5200
Canada call 800-387-5536
U.S. Website: http://www.verybestbaby.com/
Canadian Website: http://www.nestle.ca/ (click on “Good Start Magazine”)
6. Similac Welcome Addition Club
US call 800-BABYLINE (press #1)
Canada call 800-518-CLUB
U.S. Website: http://www.welcomeaddition.com/
Canadian Website: http://www.welcomeaddition.com/ (click on "Join the Club")
7. Enfamil Family Beginnings (Mead Johnson Nutritionals)
US call: 800-BABY-123 (press #6)
Canada call 800-361-6323
Canadian Website: http://www.enfamil.ca/
8. Gerber Products Company
US and Canada call 800-4GERBER.
U.S. Website: www.gerber.com/mygerber/register.asp
Canadian Website: http://www.gerbercanada.com/
Call to receive coupons for baby food, a free informational booklet, and a free baby spoon.
9. H.J. Heinz Company
US call 800-USA-BABY (press #2)
Canada call 800-565-2100
10. American Baby Magazine
U.S. Website: http://www.freebiesquest.com/(click/ on "baby & toddler") Get a FREE subscription to American Baby magazine!
Check out Hannah's website at http://www.freestuff4baby.com/ for tons of baby freebies and parenting resources!