Diapers are one of the biggest expenses when you bring home a new baby from the hospital. Babies can go through as many as seven diapers a day during the first few months, so all of those diapers can really make a dent in your bank account. Here are a few simple tips and tricks you can use to stretch your diaper budget further than ever before.
You have to do extreme couponing, but you can find a multitude of manufacturer’s coupons for Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs online or in your weekly newspaper. The coupons usually range from $1.50 to $3.00 off a pack of diapers, which may not seem like much, but it really adds up in the long run. Individual stores, including Walmart,Target, and Kroger, also run coupons for diapers almost every week, so be on the lookout for those on their websites or weekly ads.
- Don’t Switch Sizes Too Quickly
Diaper manufacturers have recommended weights for each size of diaper, but you can actually use smaller diapers for longer than the packages say. You want to buy smaller diapers for as long as possible because there are more of them per package, which will save you money. You only really need to start going up sizes when your child starts having a lot of leaks in their diapers.
- Buy in Bulk
Occasionally stores will have great sales on diapers, so if it’s in your budget, you should buy more than you need at that time. If you only buy what you need and wait to buy more later, you will end up paying a much higher price for each package. Also, if there is a Sam’s Club or Costco near you, they will sell significantly larger packages of diapers at a bulk price. If your child is quickly growing, remember to buy more than one size so they don’t outgrow them and render half of your diapers useless.
- Buy Different Brands
You may have a favorite brand that you like to use, but if you’re trying to save money, that brand will not always be the most cost-effective. Sometimes one brand is on sale and another isn’t, so whenever a brand is on sale, buy that one. A lot of the time the store brand diapers are significantly cheaper and have bigger discounts, so give those a try once or twice to see if they are acceptable. Many parents have said that Target and Costco brand diapers are actually of high quality, and they have a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with them.
- Try Cloth Diapers
Using and washing cloth diapers is good for the environment and your bank account, but the idea of them isn’t appealing to most people. A lot of moms have said, though, that they’re really not as gross as you think they would be and you become accustomed to them quickly. Some parents use cloth diapers “part time” so they don’t have to deal with the mess on busy days, but it still saves them quite a bit of money in the long run.