I’m just going to say it- babies are expensive. I’m sure it has little to do with the adorable clothes that are impossible not to buy and the million baby specific trinkets that we probably don’t really need. But the other thing is diapers. Babies need a lot of them and they need wipes and diaper creams and all kinds of others things, just to keep your baby’s bottom in good condition.
If you’re like me, you knew having a baby would be expensive, but you didn’t realize just how much. I’m constantly shocked when a shopping trip rings up to 100 dollars or how often we need to buy things. It seems like I can’t go more than a few days without a trip to a baby store or Target. But I’ve gotten better at saving money, especially on diapers, and here’s how.
Buying in bulk: The diapers we use are not available at the big warehouse stores, but someday when he’s a little bigger and his skin hopefully toughens up a bit, that’s going to be a big money saver. Definitely check if your diapers and wipes are carried in bulk, it seems expensive but it’s cost saving in the long run.
Shop around: Unless your stores are so far apart that the cost of gas is going to make it not worth it, check a couple different stores in your area. I’ve found that Target sells our diapers a few dollars cheaper than Babies R Us does, though they don’t sell them in as big a package. Doing the math makes Babies R Us diapers slightly more reasonably priced, but I’m always watching for sales at Target, Walmart and other local stores.
Take advantage of sales: When diapers go on sale, I buy a ton, sometimes not just in his current size, but in the next size up, too. I had a few packages ready when he sized up thanks to a big sale at a local store.
Keep your receipts: If you’re going to buy in bulk or stock up during a sale, keep your receipts. You just never know if you’re going to get through all your diapers before your baby sizes up or in case they have some issue and need to switch brands. I learned this one the hard way and it cost me a solid 15 bucks.
Watch your coupons: Babies R Us is constantly printing out coupons when you buy things and nearly all the different diaper brands have their own savings. They also often have 20% off coupons, which I believe can be used on diapers too. Sometimes other stores will send out coupon books or you can get your hands on some manufacturers coupons, too.
Try out different brands: There are a variety of diaper brands and they all work pretty well, though the fit varies a little from brand to brand. If your baby fits into off brands, they might be a great way to save a few bucks.
Order online: I haven’t done this myself, but I’m told there are several online companies where you can order diapers for a discount. I can’t give you any recommendations first hand, but I’m sure a quick google search or survey of your friends would yield some good information.
We’re certainly not reinventing the wheel on money saving, but these are a few tips to conserve some funds. What other ways do you save money on disposable diapers?