We’ve tried Huggies, Pampers, Meijer, Walmart, Target, Babies R Us, CVS, Walgreens and even ALDI diapers and one thing I’ve come to learn is that the generics are just as good and usually it’s dependent on the child.
If you’re pregnant for the first time or wondering which is better I highly recommend trying the cheap ones first and seeing which you like or dislike. ALDI diapers are just $5.99 a pack and in a frugal experiment I had to try them. The week I did we had MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) and I was teaching a class. I explained that I loved ALDI diapers and you could just about hear a pin drop! Then I asked how many would have tried the diapers before I said that. Couple of hands.
Then I asked how many would try it now I’d recommended them. Lots of hands flew up!
10 Diaper Saving Tips
1) Amazon Mom
Amazon Mom is a free membership program created especially for parents and caretakers of small children. By visiting the Amazon Mom main page, you can sign up or sign in to take advantage of three months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, 20% off diapers and wipes, and other promotions geared toward parents.
2) Stocking Up Beforehand.
The first thing to consider for first time Mums is stocking up before baby is even born. Remember the days of two incomes and a little disposable incomes?! So yeah it’s a good idea to be on the lookout already.
3) Sign Up for Coupons.
Sign up with Pampers, Huggies and LUVS online to start getting coupons.
4) Compare Prices.
With those coupons though remember that generics may be cheaper even without a coupon. When using the coupons make sure there’s a sale to maximize the coupon. The ones you get direct from the company tend to have a far off expiration date.
5) Price to Pay Per Diaper.
I like to pay under $.15 per diaper but if I can get them cheaper like $.10 then I’m stocking up.
6) Plan Ahead.
When you stock up try to think that kids go through at least a pack per week so if you buy 4 packs you’re only good for a month and seriously who wants to keep shopping for these?! Think. Watch big box store prices and big boxes in general. Quite often they’re not the best deal.
If you don’t see a sale and just really need some take a calculator with you and divide the price by the number of diapers. Note the lowest priced package and brand.
8) Cheap During Day, Expensive at Night.
Put your baby in cheaper diapers during the day when you’re changing them more and then reserve the more expensive ones for at night just in case. That way, you’ll ensure no leaks but won’t have to keep buying the expensive brands!
Or, cloth diaper during the day and disposable at night.
9) Big vs Little.
Sometimes it’s better to buy a big box, sometimes a smaller pack. If you have enough coupons stocked up and the sale price is low enough you can get several packs of diapers for less money than the big box (or a greater number of diapers for the same price.) The prices of diapers does not change as the size gets bigger but the number of diapers you get for that price decreases.
10) Using Overage
Use Overage at CVS/Walgreens or Rite Aid. Sometimes we buy items we don’t need. Shocker I know!! LOL! The reason I do it is:
If I know one of the drugstores has a FREE after rebate product PLUS I have a coupon, I know I’m gonna make money.
Example: Colgate is FREE after $2 rebate. I have a $1 off coupon. So I pay $1 but get $2 back. The $1 I save I “put towards” diapers so that really I’m getting $1 off the diapers. Now if I had a couple of products with coupons I’d save even more.
Figure out what you’re going to buy so that you can get the most bucks. Although you’re purchasing diapers weekly, you’re paying less than the sale price for the products and more often than not getting the diapers for free.
How do you save? Please leave us a comment!
You might also enjoy this recipe for homemade diaper pail freshener.