We are a one milk-drinking-family. This is really no surprise considering the fact that three out four of us are either growing toddlers or a growing mama!
Unfortunately, milk is a very expensive habit! We were paying just under $4 a gallon for it here, and that was the cheapest we could find!
Another problem we had with cow’s milk is that Miss E (who is 20 mos) seems to have an intolerance to it. I had battled a horendous diaper rash with her for months with very little success; then we purchased a gallon of fresh goat’s milk from my midwife and the rash disappeared. We ran out of goat’s milk in no time, and the diaper rash re-appeared once Miss E was back on cow’s milk.
I’m no genius, but it didn’t take me long to figure this one out! ;o) No more cow’s milk for her.
The only little obstacle is that fresh goat’s milk is much more expensive than store-bought cow’s milk; around here, it ranges anywhere from $5 to $15 a gallon (we were paying $7 for it). Ouch!
Annabelle is the newest “member” of our family, as well as our solution to the milk-is-so-out-of-our-budget-dilema. She is a 2-year-old, registered Nubian goat (who, by the way, happened to win 3rd place at the Texas State Fair last year!). After about 2 months of “shopping for a good deal” on a milk goat, my husband brought Annabelle home to us this week- the girls absolutely love her!
We have definitely been enjoying the fresh goat’s milk. I feel so much better knowing that the girls are drinking fresh, raw milk with no hormones or steriods!
Obviously, bringing home a milk goat isn’t a viable solution for everyone. Even those who would enjoy having a goat may not have the means or space to care for even a small livestock animal.
With that in mind, I scoured the web a bit this past week and came up with a few helpful ideas and resources for fitting milk into your grocery budget. Let me know what you do to save money on this white gold we Americans love to drink!
http://coupons.smartsource.com/WEB/index.aspx?Link=Q3CBBYUUNF7BS (coupon for Borden milk)