Raising kids can be expensive, with the average cost of raising a child born in 2012 from birth to age 18 reaching around $241,000, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture. From the day you bring your little bundle of joy home from the hospital, expenses can start adding up, with diapers, baby gear, formula, clothes and many other little necessities. Parents of twins face double the cost of many of these things. One way you can lessen your family's financial burden is by signing up for some of the freebies offered to parents of newborn twins.
Sign up for free coupons, deals and samples for diapers through companies such as Luvs, Huggies and Pampers. Visit each company's website and enroll in each of their respective programs.
Visit the websites of Enfamil, Similac and Gerber and sign up for their free formula offers. Enfamil offers coupons, free formula, free breastfeeding nutrition gifts, and a pack and cool kit that comes with a cooler bag, ice pack and water bottle. Similac has a program that gives new moms a free photo book, coupons and free infant formula. You can also get free coupons and a free nutrition kit, that comes with formula, coupons and gifts, from Gerber.
Ask at your pediatrician's office about getting free formula or formula samples for your twins. The formula representatives that work with the office can sometimes send additional coupons directly to you and some formula companies will even send you up to a full case of formula for each baby.
Sign up for a free newsletter and coupons through Beech-Nut. Join the Heinz Baby Club to receive free baby food coupons and access to free interactive tools to help you plan your twins' menus.
Complete a baby registry at Babies R Us to get a free gift bag, discounts, hassle-free returns and rewards. Inquire about the twin program to receive additional discounts on all of your purchases.
Ask about discounts for multiples when you are out shopping. Some stores may offer coupons, freebies or special discounts for families with multiples.
Take advantage of some of the offers found in baby magazines, such as coupons, trial offers and free baby samples.
Enroll you and your new babies in the WIC program, if you meet the financial requirements. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a government assistance program that offers nutrition education, supplemental foods and health care referrals to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum but not breastfeeding, and children 5 and under that qualify.