Babies are expensive. No doubt about that! Before they are even born, we are spending money on nursery furniture, the perfect diaper bag, endless doctor appointments, the list goes on and on! One major expense for babies is DIAPERS! Did you know that parents spend an average of $2,500 on diapers per child? That’s crazy! I’m going to teach you how to cut that number in half, then in half again!!!
A little Stockpiling Background….
Some people are against stockpiling diapers. Others buy enough diapers to last for three years before their child is even born! I fall somewhere in between these two camps. Here’s why:
- Some people are against stockpiling because of allergies. You never know what diapers your baby could be allergic to, and you don’t want to stock up on something he can’t use. Good point. However, I only stockpile QUALITY diapers like huggies or pampers. If they are good enough for the hospital to use them, they’re good enough for me. Also, most stores are good about exchanges without a receipt!
- Another reason people don’t want to stockpile is because some diapers have an expiration date. Ummmm…let’s just agree to not buy those kinds of diapers. What the heck?!
- I do not buy 200 packs of diapers before my due date for MANY reasons.
- Where you gonna put all those diapers? I mean really?! Don’t let diapers take over your house.
- A great sale on diapers can be found about every 2 months. You’ll have time to buy more diapers. Don’t worry.
- If there is a brand or style that you end up not liking, you don’t have to exchange 50 packs, just 2 or 3. way better.
Here’s a look at my little diaper stockpile. Not too big, not too small. I have enough to get me through the next sale cycle, so that I can pick them up as I please. I’m never forced to buy a bag of diapers when they aren’t on sale.
Saving on diapers 101:
- My number one recommendation – get diapers for free while you can! Let your husband host a man baby shower where he grills and has everyone bring diapers. You could call it a “babies and beer” party, or “huggies & Chuggies” I’ve heard lots of cute ideas! FREE IS BEST!
- Bigger is not always better. Believe it or not, you save the most money when you buy the bags, not the huge boxes. I know this goes against what you’ve always been told, but I promise it’s the truth. Buying at Sams Club or Costco really doesn’t save you more than shopping deals and using coupons.
- Search for the right price. Average diapers cost about 36 cents per diaper. (divide the price of the bag by the number of diapers in the bag). Don’t ever pay average or above average! This chart shows the Ideal prices broken down by sizes. If you can find diapers at or below these prices (with price matching and couponing), jump on it!
- Shop at the Pharmacy. Drustores are the best places to find cheap diapers. I know – their prices are the highest! But I promise, they have the best deals. Use CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Etc. If you sign up for these stores’ apps, you can download coupons, and they’ll send you extra treats like $5 off of $25 diapers. Best bang for your buck, for sure. A lot of my diaper stockpile has come from CVS. You can learn how to coupon at CVS here.
- Get Coupons! The best places to find diaper coupons are:
- Brand websites:
- Store Apps
- Local Newspapers!
- JOIN THE REWARDS PROGRAMS! This is big. You get free stuff. I pay for my family Christmas Cards Each year using my Pampers Rewards points to get a Shutterfly Gift Card. Winning!
- Huggies Rewards – Take a photo of your receipts where huggies were purchased or link your shoppers card to your rewards account.
- Pampers Rewards – Take a photo of a special code found inside of your pampers diapers and wipes bags.
- Ibotta – Check out Ibotta. They often give cash back on diaper purchases.
- You can also follow my Facebook Page here. I am starting weekly deal roundups, where I’ll tell you about how and where to get the best deals each week. I’ll tell you exactly how to do the deal and where to find the coupons. Easy Peasy.
- Know how many to stock. How many should you buy?? There seems to be a lot of debate out there on this topic. Remember, you can always go out and get more during another sale, so don’t buy too many. I’ve researched this topic, ran the numbers, and gotten a pretty solid average amount for you. I’ve taken a lot of factors into consideration to get these numbers, so trust me, they’re close!
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TIME OR PATIENCE TO FIND THESE DRUGSTORE DEALS, I recommend using the Amazon family program. You won’t get the diapers as cheaply as you would by deal finding and couponing, but it will still be much cheaper than paying full price or even shopping at a Sam’s Club or Costco, but you will save 20% on diapers and other baby items. Make sure you use their “subscribe and save” plan to save even more. Sometimes it’s just easier to let Amazon deliver to your house instead of getting out with a baby and a toddler. I get it, girl. You’re still saving money. Be proud! You can get a free month through this link.
Remember, save better to spend better. There are so many things that would be more enjoyable to spend your money on than overpaying for diapers. Don’t do it!
Let me know if you try!!
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