Diapering for Cheap: A 3-Part Series

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Happy Frugal Friday!!! If you’re a parent, or wannabe parent, you probably know how expensive having kids is. Food, shelter, clothes, and the dreaded: poop catchers. That’s right! We’re talking diapers! Part 1 of this 3-Part series is disposable diapers. Not a fan? Come back next week as we discuss the cheaper option that is : cloth! Then join us for Part 3 as we discuss saving on baby wipes!


1. Use Generic

Now, can I have everyone’s attention, please? I said it, generic. *Half the audience leaves right out of the gate*. Calm down, you diaper snobs. I was just like you. Giving the stink eye to that guy at Wal-mart with the fancy shoes, designer coat, and newest cell phone who was buying  the generic diapers.

Just then, we hit our lowest financial moment with a little 15-month-old. Not having the money to invest in cloth diapers (or time) and him showing no signs of being ready to potty train, we  opted to TRYING generic.

I had read a lot of people raving over Target brand, so I gave them a try.HALLELUJAH! They were fantastic! We went on to try other brands like Luvs (not technically generic), Wal-mart, Babies-R-Us, etc. & Target was just the winner every time!

By using generic, we went from spending around $25 a box for 100 to $25 a box for 180. As always, prices go up, kids change sizes, etc. Even if you save 20% on Amazon Mom ($35), I would pay around $28 with coupons, rewards, and the cartwheel app for the same amount of diapers.

Quick tip: Huggies actually manufacturers Target brand diapers….Yes, you heard that right.

WARNING: I went to get an image from Target.Com and saw several reviews: Target recently redid their diapers and several are complaining of chemical smells. I for one have used several new boxes and found the diapers to be exactly the same.


2. Use Coupons/Rewards

Now, if for some reason, you don’t have a Target (my Richmond peeps) or you still prefer to be a diaper snob use name brand, coupons are the only way you should ever buy diapers. You can even buy some generic diapers with a coupon! Where can you find these coupons? The manufacturer’s website would be the first place to look. Then other sites like, Coupons.Com. Also try looking in the Sunday paper.

Want to use Target brand? Ahhh welcome to the dark frugal side!  Target not only has sales on their generic diapers, they also offer coupons, have special offers (BOGO for x amount), and you can use your 5% off with your Target Debit Card.  & Let’s not forget that Cartwheel app!! On those months you can do all of those- get your butt there and stock up!


3. Amazon Mom

Want to save time and money on those name brand diapers? Amazon Mom is a program, in which you pay, where you can receive 20% off of diapers, get free 2-day shipping, and your diapers get dropped right on your door step the same day every month. You can get a free 30-day trial.


4. Compare Price Per Diaper

Maybe you have looked at the prices of the diaper, but have you ever looked at the price per diaper?  Stores like walmart have them on the price tag in front of the diaper selection. Amazon has them to look at online. For example, on the image I liked above:

Luvs (0.14 per diaper), Huggies (0.17 per diaper), and Pampers is (0.18 per diaper) -That is with the 20% discount!

With my Target diapers, I usually never spend more than $26, even though they are regular price $28. I ALWAYS have my 5% off, and usually a printable coupon, and coupon on cartwheel. So I pay around 0.14 per diaper, that hold up very well compared to Luvs, in my opinion.


5. Stay in the Size

I was SO glad I read this tip somewhere. Now, please do not read this wrong. I am not suggesting to keep an infant/toddler in a size that is too small, BUT the smaller the size, the more diapers in a pack. Make sure your child can wear the size comfortably, they are not leaking, and you do the finger test (stick your two fingers in between skin and diaper to many sure it’s not too snug). So, if you jump to a bigger size just for the hey of it, you’re getting less for your money!


6. Cloth Part-Time

This is something we recently started doing, since we totaled our car and are on the struggle bus. There will be more information on cloth diapering for cheap in Part 2, but consider doing both!

What do I mean? We have started doing cloth when at home/during the day. Since I am currently without a car (while typing this), we don’t really go anywhere. So, during naps and bed, Peanut rocks a disposable. Then, during the day, while at home he rocks a cloth bum. This way, we save 1-2 diapers a day. Now, that doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but this is about half of the amount he uses per day. So, let do a little math:

2 diapers per day x 5 days a week = 10 Diapers a Week. This may not sound like much, but this would save you around 40 Diapers a month!! So if you bought a pack of say, 200 diapers for $28 at Target, using app, coupons, and rewards, those would last 5 months!! Imagine how many more you’d save if you stayed home full-time. (I only stay home, 5 days).

As you can see, there are several ways to use disposable diaper on the cheap.  Did you know about these? Are you willing to try some of these tips out? Want to know more about cloth diapering on the cheap? Then join us next Friday, for Part 2 of our 3 Part Series! Happy Day Frugal Friends!

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