In the past 2 and a half years I’ve changed my fair share of diapers. So many in fact that I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at it if I do say so myself. It’s especially amazing considering that I might have changed a grand total of five diapers prior to that. Changing all those diapers has taught me a lot of things, including realizing that diapers and wipes aren’t cheap. But it also has allowed me to learn a few tricks when it comes to lowering the cost of diapers and wipes.
One of the best ways we found to save money on traditional diapers and wipes was to buy them in bulk online through either Amazon or some other retailer. We found that by buying in bulk we could often get better deals than shopping at our local retail or grocery store. Amazon also has a program called Amazon Mom that gives you even bigger discounts and free two day shipping. Currently if you sign up you receive a free three month trial.
The downside with ordering online is that you have to still wait at least a couple of days before your order arrives, so you have to make sure you time it right so you don’t run out of supplies. You also need to be careful about who you buy from on Amazon. Some of the diapers are sold by other businesses, not Amazon, which means you have to add shipping costs to your orders which can quite often make your order more expensive than going to the store.
With that being said. the best option we have found to save on diapers is to use cloth diapers. Now granted, they aren’t going to save you money upfront, in fact they’ll probably cost you a few hundred dollars up front. But over the long run they can save you hundreds of dollars.
For our cloth diapers we went with Fuzzibunz. We found Fuzzibunz easy to use and store. They are machine washable which is really nice and it was nice not to have to buy diapers every week. The downside is that we were doing laundry every night. But we also weren’t spending $25 a week on diapers either.
Doing those two things have cut our diaper spending way below what most people do who have small children. We do both paper and cloth diapers. We use the cloth when the children are at home and paper diapers when they go out of the house and at night. Yes, diapers are expensive, but just like anything else in life, you need to plan for it. As a new parent if the thought of buying diapers keeps you up at night, look into the options above or look for other options. Soon you’ll become an expert in not only changing diapers but buying them as well.
How do/did you buy diapers for your children? Did you do anything unique to save money?