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Feb 2, 2011

For Those of us "In Diapers"...

I follow the blog Frugal Wife=Wealthy Life and it gives some very savvy money saving tips and strategies that I was never really concerned about until having kids...or having a husband rather ; )  

I thought I'd share this post because she lists ways to cut cost of diapers drastically! I'm still considering buying cloth since those have improved and can save tons as well...we'll see.

A Very Long Post About Diapers
You know those horrendous baby calculators where they estimate that you'll probably need to sell your corneas in order to afford the first year of having a baby? I hate those. Mainly because seeing the $10,000 for the first year about gave me heart attack.

Also, because it
estimates $72 per month for diapers. I cannot say for certain because my records are, sadly, not this good, but I would venture to say I have not $72 PERIOD on diapers. And my baby is six months old. Besides this, I have a good 350 diapers in her room right now in her current size, plus an additional 600 diapers in the next size up. (And, no, I don't change her diaper only twice a day or something horrifying like that).

I am firmly convinced  that diapers do not have to cost you a fortune. Last spring, Merrick compared the cost of diapers at different stores and said that the cheapest diapers were to be found at Costco or Sam's Club. And that's true if you just want to buy a box of diapers and be done with it. Those diapers were priced at $0.14 per diaper (and that's for the newborn size, which is generally the least expensive).

I try to spend less than $0.10 per diaper and I really am happy if I can get them for more like $0.05 or less.

This is totally possible if you follow deals at drugstores and stock up when there are killer sales. I keep an eye out and have some friends who alert me when they find good deals and so I've been able to do quite well.

Let tell you about one such good deal that you can probably do right now (I got 228 Pampers Size 2 diapers for around $7 - I paid less than $0.03 per diaper).

Amazon sells diapers for around the same price as big box store (around twenty to thirty cents per diaper, depending on the size and brand). But if you sign up for Amazon Mom, you get 15% off. Then when you choose your diapers, sign up for "Subscribe and Save" (the option is on the right, just below the regular "Add to my Cart" button) and you get another 15% off. Now you're talking more like fourteen to twenty cents per diaper.

And then, here's where you can really rack up your savings. Right now, many parenting magazines (Parents, Parenting, American Baby) have coupon inserts for either $10 off any Amazon Mom order or 20% off any diaper order (and this is 20% off the full list price, not your discounted price). Best of all, you can combine them, so I used both a $10 off coupon and a 20% off one. And Amazon had a bonus coupon for Pampers last week that brought my price down even more.

Plus it all ships for free. One of my friends bought Pampers Newborn Diapers yesterday for $10, making hers about five cents a diaper. Another pregnant friend of mine (expecting twins!) ordered Huggies Diapers for around eight cents apiece. 

As if my mega-cheap diapers weren't enough, every time you order something through Amazon Mom and do Subscribe and Save, you get a month of free Amazon Prime (which means all Amazon products ship for free with no minimum purchase).

My box of diapers arrived today at my front door. It was a glorious moment.

Check your pediatrician's office or your own stack of magazines for these coupons. Or ask a friend (I got my 20% off coupon two days before it expired from a friend who wasn't going to use it).

And then bask in the cheapness of the diapers (and don't forget to cancel your diaper subscription before the next batch ships, if you're so inclined - although even without a coupon, many of the diapers are only about $0.12 each. Not bad).


  1. Hi,

    Try to buy a different kind of diaper, it is a protective cheap diaper composed of layers of fabric such as cotton. Thanks a lot...

    Buy Adult Diapers

  2. Haha!! Thank you for the advice Brain, you and my husband think a like. He's also mentioned someone should invent an adult "onesie". Not sure how those would fly.

  3. We used disposable for the first month or so and I couldn't stand paying for diapers when I knew that I could use cloth for much cheaper. I researched and researched. There are soooooooooo many options. Some cost your arm to start, so I kept searching. My sister (who is a big cloth user) sent me to www.luvyourbaby.com I believe or theluvyourbaby.com. Any who! I was able to get 12 shells for $52 with free shipping and then purchased regular prefolds from walmart/target and online source. Total cost for our diaper stash (12 shells and 36 prefolds) = $75. Best part- they fit 8lb to 40lb kids so by then we should be fully potty trained. Washing isn't too tough. We use detergent that is free from smells ect for all our wash so diapers can go in with normal loads. And if you attempt elimination communication, you won't have to worry about poopy diapers and baby will practically be potty trained when they can walk!! I had a friend who with her third child was forced to use cloth due to diaper allergies... She says they are so easy that she wishes she had attempted them earlier cause it would have saved her thousands! I'd say for new moms, put cloth diapers on your registry. That's a true gift that keeps giving (or reusing ;).
    Try it! ;)


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