Diapers are a necessity for infants and toddler, but that doesn’t mean they have break your budget. There are simple things you can do to save money on diapers.
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.
When our kids were little, one of the biggest expenses we had from week-to-week was diapers. It was quite shocking how much it cost us! But, of course, diapers are a necessity when having a baby.
Over the course of three kids, we figured out some great, easy ways to save money on diapers. Some things we tried didn’t work, but at least we were willing to give it a shot. After all, it is better to try and fail than to never have tried at all!
THE HIGH PRICE OF DIAPERS
When buying diapers, most of us don’t think about the total cost. Instead, we look at just what we spend from week to week and never give it a second thought. Have you ever considered how much you will spend on diapers on each child you have?
Let’s just say that you have one child, do you know how many diapers you will change (on average)? I found this chart which shows some averages (but I think it may be a bit understated):
If you add this up, it is nothing for one child to go through more than 3,500 diapers!! If you pay full price for a brand, such as Pampers, you will pay nearly $1100 for diapers! And, if your child goes through more than these averages, then your cost will be even greater.
While seeing these numbers can be a bit daunting, sometimes seeing what you will spend gives you even more reason to ensure you do whatever you can to save as much as you can.
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SAVING MONEY ON DIAPERS
Amazon may not seem like an obvious answer, but it is a great resource for saving money on diapers. You can join Amazon Family which will save up to 20% off diapers, wipes and other baby products. Your orders always ship for free and you can set them up for regular, automatic shipping intervals.
The really great thing about Amazon is that they often offer on-line coupons, which can increase your savings. Best of all, you never have to leave home to get your diapers!
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! You can also check out coupons.com where you’ll find coupons to print on nearly every purchase!!!
3. Sign up for rewards
This won’t save necessarily money on your diapers, but you can earn rewards on your purchases!! Getting something back on all of those diapers you buy is better than nothing at all.
Joining Pampers Rewards is completely free. Some of the rewards have included free labels from Shutterfly, donations to charities on your behalf, restaurant coupons, higher value coupons – and more!
You may also want to join Huggies Rewards where you will get points on every purchase. You can also get exclusive coupons and offers right in your inbox!
4. Try the Store Brand
Often, the store brands are just as good as the more expensive name brands. It might be worth it to purchase a smaller package to see how they work. You might also try different national brands as well – especially if you find a great deal at your local store.
For example, the Target store brand used by many parents has proven to be just as good – if not better than – even Pampers or Huggies!
Being open to using these brands can result in savings of as much as 25% off the more expensive name brands.
5. Compare Product Packaging
When you get ready to buy, check the per unit price. It may 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 (divide the number of diapers by the cost).
If you happen to have a coupon to save $1.00 off each smaller package you can sometimes come out ahead and pay less per diaper.
6. 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.
7. Try Cloth
When I had 2 kids in diapers, we decided to go with cloth. We had to spend a few hundred dollars initially to purchase them, but quickly recouped that cost (in less than six months).
If you have kids in daycare, you still will need disposable diapers during the day, but can use a mix of cloth when you are at home. But, even then, you need to make sure that this is an option that works for your family.
Read more about How to Use Cloth Diapers to Save Money.
8. 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!
Buy applying some of these ideas, it is nothing to save 40%, 50% or even more on diapers for your child. And, if you have more than one, just imagine the savings!! Think about what you can do with that money. Anything is better than literally throwing it into the trash.