My friend is going to have a baby. I am so excited. It is going to be great to be able to spend time with a baby but not have to deal with late night wake ups and crying.
I was wondering what it costs to raise a child? The Baby Center Web site — www.babycenter.com — breaks down the costs with a final figure of $340,552 from birth to 18 years old not including college. Wow! New parents start budgeting your money and start using my money saving advice. Get all the details at http://www.babycenter.com/cost-of-raising-child-calculator
Other money-saving ideas for baby, family
■ Certificate for free first visit nutrition gift from Enfamil.
■ Certificate for free sample of Enfamil Gentlease from Enfamil
■ Receive 10 free ovulation predictor kits and pregnancy tests from Sacred Heart Mission. http://www.freeopks.com/
■ Free baby items for mother-to-be or father-to-be. http://www.babytobee.com/register.aspx?vid=286
■ Free Udder Cover for breast feeding moms. Enter promotional code 1FREE when ordering. https://www.uddercovers.com/
■ Free copy of prevent blindness America’s Halloween safety tips and first aid for eye emergencies sticker.
■ Looking for some extra mothering this time of year? Get helpful advice from a mom via test, voice, instant messages, and more. http://www.getmommed.com
■ Free activities to do with your grandkids with the new Grandparents Guide.
■ Free “Be a Germ Fighter” learning poster and activities to promote germ learning at home and school from Wet Ones. http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752084
■ Free frog bath toy set when you buy any Johnson’s bath or lotion product. Send your original receipt (dated Sept. 28- Dec. 1, 2009) along with your name and mailing address to: Johnson/Parents GWP, 375 Lexington Ave., 10th Floor, New York City, NY 10017
■ Get a $1 coupon for Johnson Body Wash. http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/bathtimefun.do
■ Buy three Filtrete Filters and get a free certified asthma and allergy friendly bear.
■ Enter your Dove UPC at www.dove.com to have $1 donated to self-esteem programs.
■ If you are not satisfied with the leakage performance of Luvs diapers they will refund your money. www.luvs.com
■ Send in used video games and earn points to purchase games like Super Mario Brothers and Guitar Hero. www.goozex.com
■ Combine video clips, photos and music to make a montage. www.telavision.tv
■ Free fast-paced fun in this action-packed challenge. www.parade.com/games
Rite Aid cold freebies
Bee M.D. Throat Drops cost $2.49. Receive $2.49 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Beyond BodiHeat Pain Relieving Heat Pads cost $2.99. Receive $2.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Breathe Again SinoMarin Nasal Spray costs $7.99. Receive $7.99 Single Check Rebate
and the final cost is free.
Carmex Lip Balm costs $1.99. Receive $1.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm costs $2.29. Receive $2.29 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Children’s Throat Cooler costs $2.99. Receive $2.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Chloraseptic AllergenBlock Gel costs $9.99. Receive $9.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Comtrex (20 ct) costs $3.99. Receive $3.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Dr. Thompson’s Coldwar costs $3.99. Receive $3.99 Single Check Rebate and the final price is free.
Sea Breeze Cleanser is $4.99. Receive $4 Single Check Rebate and final cost is 99 cents.
Simply Saline Children’s Nasal Mist is $3.99. Receive $3.99 Single Check Rebate and the final cost is free.
Simply Saline Nasal Mist is $4.99. Receive $4.99 Single Check Rebate and the final cost is free.
Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster is $8.99. Receive $8.99 Single Check Rebate and the final cost is free.
Sucrets Ice Pops or Throat Lozenges are $2.99. Receive $2.99 Single Check Rebate and the final cost is free.
Other money saving opportunities
■ Join The Explorium of Lexington for Museum Go Round, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , Oct. 17 on Short Street . Features original art work from area young artists and the art will be for sale. Headley-Whitney Museum invites you to decorate your own lucky horseshoe.
■ Become a member of Kentucky Equine Education Project. As a member of KEEP you get free admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, American Saddlebred Museum and any of Kentucky’s Pari-mutuel Race Tracks. Family membership is only $20.