How To Save Money On Disposable Diapers
For families struggling to pay the bills, or really anyone on a budget, the cost of disposable diapers can be downright overwhelming.
Many people are eager to reduce the financial pain and that’s one reason why cloth diapers are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. They can be a great way to save money but they aren’t for everyone. Families struggling with poverty often can’t handle the initial investment cloth diapering systems require. Others lack reliable access to a washing machine. Then there are mommas and dads who just don’t have the time to do all that extra laundry – who are busy working two jobs or irregular shifts. Many daycares only allow disposables.
So… If you’re a disposable diaper user and looking to save, check out the tips below from WHNT News 19 Morning Anchor Michelle Stark’s recent baby blog post.
local non-profit Manna House. If, while shopping for your own disposables, you’d like to pick up an extra pack for our effort, you can find details on how to donate here.
As excerpted from michellestarkbabyblog.wordpress.com:
1. Buy in bulk (look for cheaper cost-per-unit or cost-per-diaper)
Make like you’re headed to Costco. In fact, Costco (or any other warehouse shopping outlet) is a great place to buy “bulk” diapers. They’re often (although not always) much cheaper when purchased in packs of 100 + than when bought in smaller sizes. Economies of scale.
2. Buy store brands
Store brands are often way cheaper than Huggies & Pampers. Just the other day I picked up a package of Size 3 for Jane (which we use on the occasions when she has developed diaper rash) and saved at least $3.00 over the premium brand they had on the shelf.
3. Stock up during sales
I just did this with baby food – stocking an entire pantry shelf with Stage 2 jars & pouches. Jane is not anywhere close to eating Stage 2 (6 months +) but she will be eventually and certainly within the expiration date. My husband laughed out loud looking at our overstuffed pantry but the principle applies to diapers too. Buy whatever size IS on sale WHEN it’s on sale.
For more advanced savings strategies on disposable diapers, check out michellestarkbabyblog.wordpress.com.