If you are a parent of a little one, you know that diapers are something you just can’t get around purchasing. However, there are some things you can do to save money on your purchase. Here are a few ideas:
1. Amazon. Amazon may seem like a last resort when it comes to saving money on diapers, but it is a great resource! You can join Amazon Family which will save you up to 20% off of diapers, wipes and other baby products. Your orders will always ship for free and you can even set them up for regular, automatic shipping intervals.
The really great thing about Amazon is that they often offer clip-less coupons, which can increase your savings. Best of all, you never have to leave home to get your diapers!
2. Coupons. It may seem like extra work, but a few minutes of clipping can add up! You can find great deals each week at your favorite store when you combine the discount along with the coupons. Make sure you check out the Coupon Database — where you can search for all sorts of coupons for your baby needs!
3. Try another Store Brand. Often, the store brands are the same as name brands — just in different packaging. It might be worth it to purchase a smaller package to see how they work. Make sure that they do not leak and that your child doesn’t have any reaction to the product. These brands can be as much as 10 – 25% less expensive than the name brand counterparts — but work just as well!
4. Compare Product Packaging. When you get ready to buy, check the per unit price. It might be less expensive to purchase 2 smaller packages rather than one big one. Sometimes these prices are printed right on the store shelf, but if not, you can quickly do the math. If you happen to have a coupon to save $1 off of each smaller package you can sometimes come out ahead and pay less per diaper.
5. Don’t go up the next size too soon. When you purchase larger diapers, your product will include fewer diapers. That means each one costs you a bit more.
Just because the package says that they fit a certain size doesn’t mean you have to change. Your child might actually still fit into a smaller size diaper comfortably, which means you can save until he or she is too big to wear that size any longer.
6. Try Cloth. When I had 2 kids in diapers, we decided to go with cloth. We had to spend a few hundred dollars up front, but we recovered that cost within 6 months of our kids being in diapers. You can check out this post about cloth diapers to learn more.
7. Stockpile When You Can. When you see an amazing deal on your brand of diapers, go ahead and purchase a few extra packages. This allows you to not only save time running to the store, but also makes sure you don’t end up paying full price when you reach the bottom of the box!