We all know that diapers are ridiculously expensive… and for what reason?! Our babies only tinkle and poo in them, so why pay more than a few cents per diaper? I made a commitment before my son was born to never pay more than $0.10 per diaper, and so far, I haven’t broken it. To be honest, I’ve paid no more than $100 total for my son’s nappies, and he’s almost nine months old. Follow my easy steps and you’ll be sure to save tons of money while still keeping baby’s tush dry and comfy!
1. If you’re able, use cloth diapering!
This is probably the best advice I can give you. Cloth diapers will more than pay for themselves in the end, especially if you plan on having several children. I know what you’re thinking– huge mess, right? No way! These are not the cloth diapers of yesteryear. Brands like gDiapers, Kushies, and bumGenius, among others, have COMPLETELY revolutionized the cloth diaper. You can now buy cute little covers, biodegradable liners, and washable liners. They are super easy to clean and well worth the investment. Be sure to buy gender neutral diaper covers so you can save them for your future little ones.
2. Don’t be brand-dependent
Yeah, yeah, I know, you only want your baby’s bum swaddled in the highest quality diaper, but let’s get serious, diapers are for one thing and one thing only: keeping the poo off of you! While I prefer to use name brand diapers, if I can find a great sale on a store brand and get them for cheaper, I’m always willing to try them. Several store brands are actually manufactured by name brands, like the Kirkland’s brand is very similar to Huggies, and Luvs and Pampers are both manufactured by Procter and Gamble.
3. Pairing sales with coupons
Most moms think the best places to buy diapers are warehouse stores and value stores like Walmart, but don’t be fooled! I buy most of my son’s diapers at Kroger and drugstores. First of all, make sure you sign up for every mailing list you can when it comes to diapers. Look for coupons on free coupon printing websites like coupons.com, and pair them with a sale. I’ve purchased mega packs of Luvs, when pairing a coupon with a mega sale, for less than $0.07 per diaper! And remember, at most stores, you CAN pair store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons and combine the two with a sale. Target is the best place to snag up coupon and sale matches, or so I’ve found.
4. Shop online
If you haven’t heard, the best deals to be had are on amazon.com and diapers.com.
Amazon recently released a HUGE diaper sale, where you can get an extra 30% off their already low price on select diapers, just for signing up for their Subscribe and Save service. That’s not all, though! You can stack 20% Amazon diaper coupons, which are in Parents magazine (and others), to get diapers for cheap-cheap! I’ve seen boxes of 100+ diapers go for less than $5 when using this deal!
Diapers.com is my personal favorite place to shop for any baby needs, not just diapers. Their prices aren’t the lowest you’ll find, but they price match any competitor, accept manufacturer’s coupons, and they have a superb referral program. I’ve ordered over $250 worth of diapers, wipes, and toys from their site and have yet to pay for a single thing because of the referral program. Before you place an order there, go to their site, sign up for an account, grab your referral code, and post it on coupon sites. Within a few weeks, I can guarantee you’ll have enough credits for a few packs of diapers. Also, you can print “coupons” with your referral code on them and drop them off at Sunday school, PTA meetings, doctors’ offices, wherever you can find, and score some referrals there, too. Aside from having the best referral program out there, their customer service is fantastic and you won’t regret doing business with them. Shipping is always fast and free, too.
5. Make sure to participate in rewards programs
Babies R Us has a great rewards program, where if you buy 9 boxes of Pampers or Huggies, you get the 10th FREE. They also accept manufacturer’s coupons and often have great sales with free gift cards!
Pampers and Huggies both have their own point systems, where you can peel off stickers inside their diapers and wipes, enter the codes in your account, and once you have enough points, cash them in for great prizes. I cashed all my Pampers points in last month for $43 in diapers.com credit. I’ve received coupons for free Huggies wipes from using my Huggies points. Both release promotional codes quite often, so you can usually rack up enough “free” points for a reward of some sort!
Diapers shouldn’t break the bank, and if you follow these five simple steps, you can save tons on diapers. Put that saved money to good use, like a college fund, or better yet, spoiling your little one absolutely rotten AND a college fund!