Save Hundreds on Diapers
Any parent of a young child will readily agree that diapers aren’t cheap! If you’re looking to save money on diapers, here are some ideas to get you started.
- Sign up for savings from Huggies and Pampers. Huggies provides product samples, coupons and information to new parents through participating hospitals. In addition, parents of children younger than 18 months can join Huggies Enjoy the Ride and receive money-saving tips and coupons.
Sign up with Pampers and you'll receive periodic mailings containing money-saving coupons, samples and parenting advice.
- Print coupons from CoolSavings. CoolSavings often features coupons for babies' and kids' items – including diapers, formula, wipes, baby food, etc. Check back regularly!
- Clip coupons the old-fashioned way, from the Sunday newspaper. Visit the Web site of P&G, the maker of Pampers and many other products, to find out when the P&G brandSAVER insert will be available in the newspaper next.
- Stack your coupons with sales. Another benefit of getting the Sunday paper is the sale fliers. Look for where you can find the best sales on diapers each week. Find a good sale and combine it with a coupon, and you’re good as gold!
- Join Amazon Mom. The free Amazon Mom program will provide you with discounts on a variety of products, including 20% off diapers and wipes using Amazon's delivery program, free two-day shipping, free one-year returns on select products, and more.
- Join a warehouse club.. Join Sam's Club or Costco and buy in bulk. You'll find many good deals not just on diapers but also on formula, wipes, strollers, car seats, high chairs and more. (You'll also quickly find your way over to the excellent bakery and meat counters!)
- Use cloth diapers. It's been estimated that if you potty train your child when he or she is 2-and-a-half years old, your total cost in disposable diapers will be $2,577. Likewise, total estimates for using cloth diapers for the same amount of time range from $1,400 to $1,700. Based on these numbers, you'll save yourself around $1,200 by using cloth diapers – not too shabby!
If you're considering the cloth diaper route, read this helpful article on Cloth Diapering 101, which defines the different types ("Prefolds", "Fitted Covers", "Contoured Diapers", "Pocket Diapers", and so on. Also included are tips on getting started, laundering, keeping the diapers from leaking, and recommended brands. There are some really cute cloth diaper covers out there – who knew?
You can find more on cloth diapering from resources such as the nonprofit Real Diaper Association, whose site provides valuable links to local cloth diapering resources, a how-to guide to cloth diapering, information on using cloth diapers at daycare, and more.