We’re approaching the sunniest season (yay!), and many of us will be buying sunscreen for our tots. Safer sunscreens for babies and kids can be pricey, though. Here’s a little help minimizing costs:
Prices on safer sunscreens tend not to vary too much over the course of a year. Unfortunately, some of the best prices on these products sometimes occur when few people are buying them– during the colder months. With a little luck, though, you should be able to save 20% or so off list price and even more if you’re lucky.
More Savings Tips
- Watch for vouchers on sites like Groupon, Plum District and Living Social.
- Scout for daily deals on sunscreens at sites like BabySteals and BabyHalfOff.
- Sunscreen may be an allowed FSA expense. Check the details of your plan to find out.
- Watch for site-wide sales and coupons at CVS.com, Walgreens.com and others.
- Look for “Save when you join our mailing list” offers to save up to 20% or so.
- Follow the brands’ Facebook pages for the scoop on sales and deals.
Tip: Follow their Facebook pages or sign up for emails to be notified of sales and coupons.
Click through the links below for the current best price I could find on each sunscreen (price is in parentheses).
I chose these screens from SafeMama’s larger list based on her reviews and on price per ounce. Then I scoured the web to find the best deals currently.
To learn more about safer sunscreens and what makes them that way, do take a look at SafeMama’s 2012 Safer Sunscreen Cheat Sheet.
Note: If you’re unfamiliar with my buy-it-now prices, here’s the scoop: These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider to be very good prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.
- Goddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 (currently $3.76/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $3.76/oz.
- Sunology Natural Sunblock Creme for Kids, SPF 50 (currently $4.33/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $2.50/oz.
- Eco Logical Skin Care Baby All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+ (currently $4.50/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $3.14/oz.
- Badger Baby Sunscreen, Chamomile & Calendula, SPF 30+ (currently $4.69/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $4.48/oz.
- Thinkbaby Sunscreen Benefiting Livestrong, SPF 50+ (currently $4.70/oz). Buy-it-now price: $3.83/oz.
- Elemental Herbs Sunscreen Kids SPF 30 (currently $4.74/oz) Buy-it-now price: $2.68/oz.
- Thinksport Kids Sunscreen Benefiting Livestrong, SPF 50+ (currently $5/oz) Buy-it-now price: $3.67/oz.
- TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, Unscented (currently $5.43/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $5.43/oz.
- Loving Naturals Adorable Baby Clear Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+ (currently $5.81/oz.) Buy-it-now price: $5.11/oz.