Are you spending a fortune on diapers? They can be so expensive, but our little ones need them. And in truth, they don’t have to be quite so expensive. With a little strategy you could be paying a whole lot less for all those diapers. These 5 easy tips to save money on diapers will help you keep more of your hard earned dollars in your wallet – and out of the diaper pail!
5 EASY TIPS TO SAVING MONEY ON DIAPERS
When it comes to diapers, most of us think we only have 2 options: cloth or disposable. And when we choose disposable, we take for granted that we’re going to have to spend a lot of money. But my friend, that just isn’t true!
Here are 5 simple ways that you can save money on diapers.
Make sure you are signed up for the rewards programs for all the diaper brands you use. Then, make sure you actually get your rewards!
Most diaper brands have a rewards program and they offer awesome benefits (like free boxes of diapers!) that you do not want to miss out on.
Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs all have very popular reward programs.
For most diaper rewards programs, all you have to do is create an account online and then input a code from inside your diaper box each time you buy one. It’s super easy and totally worth it for the money saving perks!
The best time to input (or scan) your rewards code is right after you open a box of diapers. The codes expire so if you wait to long to enter it, you might be out of luck.
At the same time, you don’t want to open the box of diapers as soon as you get home from the store unless you are 100% sure that your little one is going to be using them.
Babies grow so quickly and sometimes they’re moving on to the next diaper size faster than you thought they would.
So, since you want to be able to return or exchange diapers for a bigger size if you need to, you want to keep those boxes closed until you’re sure you’re going to need them. Don’t open a box just to get the reward code.
BUY IN BULK
Even if you don’t bulk shop for anything else in your life, buy your diapers in bulk!
You are going through so many diapers every day (because aren’t we all?) that it does not make sense for you to buy them in the little packages.
The smaller prices of those little diaper packages add up to a whole lot of wasted money over time.
Here’s the thing…Bulk sized diaper boxes cost more up front.
But it’s totally worth it because you are going to pay way less per diaper. Like half as much!
You’ll see some savings just by buying the larger package of what you need at Target or Walmart.
You can check this by figuring out the price per diaper. Just divide the price of the package by how many diapers are in it. So, a $40 pack of 200 diapers would be 20 cents a diaper.
You will see much bigger savings by buying the giant boxes of diapers in membership wholesale stores, like Costco.
I only buy diapers at Costco and their price per diaper is nearly unbeatable.
Don’t have a Costco membership? Don’t worry.
Now you can do your bulk shopping online without a membership with Boxed. They have wholesale prices for bulk products and you get them shipped them right to your house without having to battle the Costco crowds, so that’s pretty cool.
Bonus: If you sign up for Boxed with with my special referral here, you’ll get $15 off your first order.
TRY NEW BRANDS
Think beyond Pampers and Huggies!
I know how important it is to have a high quality diaper but there are a few other good diaper brands out there.
My favorite generic brand diaper are the Costco Kirkland brand. They are literally the same thing as Huggies (just a different design) but for $10 less per box. Yes, please!
I was able to try a few different brands that I received as part of the diaper raffle at my baby shower. Sidenote: If you’re reading this while your pregnant, do a diaper raffle at your baby shower!
I was surprising impressed with the Parent’s Choice Walmart brand. Some people hate them, but when my newborn buddy was peeing through everything, these were the first diapers that worked for him.
At the same time, I do not like Luvs diapers and I know some people who rave about them. It’s just a personal preference thing.
Ask around to your mom friends and see what kind of diapers they’re using. You might be surprised to find that they’re using a generic brand that you haven’t heard of.
If you find a brand that you want to try, go onto their website and see if you can request a free sample. Many brands will send you one to try for free!
Otherwise, this is the only time that it might actually make sense to buy one of those small package if you see a brand that you want to try on sale. Because you do not want to end up with a giant box of diapers you don’t like. (Ask me how I know!)
STOCK UP ON SALES
You know you are going to need diapers (unless you’re on the verge of potty training, and if so, good luck to you!)
So, when you see them on sale, stock up! If your little one has been in their current size for a little while, go ahead a stock up on the next size. You’re going to need them, so get them while they’re cheap!
Find out when diapers are on sale by keeping an eye on the weekly ads for the stores you shop at regularly.
Not only do I only buy my diapers at Costco, but I only buy my diapers at Costco when they are on sale. It’s like savings on top of savings, friends!
I buy Costco brand diapers every time they are on sale. It is the best diaper deal out there. I usually buy Costco Huggies when they are on sale too because it’s usually the same price (or even sometimes a little less) as the Costco brand.
When those sales hit, plan your purchase out and think about the future. Look into your store’s return policy.
If you’re buying from a store with a good return policy you can stock up for the future without fear of being stuck with something that your bub won’t be able to use.
DON’T WASTE THEM
So, I don’t want to be graphic, but I want to explain what I mean here without you thinking that I’m telling you not to change your baby’s diaper. Change your baby’s diaper just as often as you think they need to be changed. Don’t ever let diaper cost hold you back from changing your baby.
But, sometimes there are situations that could cause us to waste diapers if we’re not prepared. Like when your bub has filled his diaper and, while you’re changing him, he decides there is a little extra that he’d like to deposit. Our first instinct is to grab a clean diaper and slide it under him as fast as we can.
That’s a perfectly good diaper that we’re going to throw away now.
So, instead of doing that, have a plan in place for what you will do if your little one starts going while you’re changing him.
We have a pile of paper towels next to our changing table. We also have these awesome changing table liners that protect our changing table from any kind of mess. They’ve saved us on many messy diaper occasions.
Bonus tip for the frugal mama that wants to take it to the next level: Consider cloth.
Cloth diapering is making a huge comeback. I seriously considered doing it, but I ended up deciding that it wasn’t right for me right now. I have been able to save enough money (with the other tips that I’ve shared in this post) that diaper cost hasn’t affected our budget very much.
But if you are interested in cloth diapering, here is the best resource on cloth diapering.
USE THESE TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON DIAPERS
Now you are ready to put these tips into action and start saving big on diapers. Start by joining your diaper brand’s reward program. Then, think about buying in bulk and trying new brands.
Make sure you’re stocking up when diapers are on sale. And remember not to waste those precious diapers. If you want to save even more, you can consider cloth diapers. With a little bit of effort, you’ll be seeing big savings!
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