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Six All-In-One Designer Cloth Diapers with Inserts for $40.98 Shipped

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by Cassie on March 5, 2014

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Have you considered using cloth diapers?  We use cloth diapers…. but part-time.  What that means is that I use cloth at home and disposable during the night and if/when we go out.  This has saved us hundreds of dollars!

Basically, we now only have to buy a case of diapers (we typically buy Luvs, but whatever is the best deal from Amazon Mom’s at the time) on Amazon for around $20-$25 every 2-3 months.

Honestly, I have chosen to cloth diaper half time because it is annoying to me personally to pack around soiled diapers during the day when I am out and I also don’t have to worry about leaks at night.  If we have more kids one day, who knows, I might do it full time!  We still have one in diapers and this has worked very well for us! We do use this cloth sprayer HERE which has made a huge difference in the ease of cloth diapering.

So, the reason we mention the idea of saving money on diapers by using cloth is that we saw some starter kits on Amazon for a pretty sweet price, which makes the value in cloth diapering even greater!

Many times, just the diaper is around $10 and right now you can get 6 of them, along with 6 inserts for $34.99 plus $5.99 shipping for $40.98 total.  This is for the All-In-One diaper and so that’s an even better option! And this is a pretty decent price!

 

We don’t have this brand, but the reviews on Amazon are really good to suggest that these might be a great way to go!

They have many different colors, designs and styles – they all vary in price some, but there are some good deals!

Here’s the details of these diapers:

  • 6 diapers and 6 inserts
  • Three rows of adjustable snaps to allow for a small/medium/large size in one diaper
  • Hip snaps to prevent the sides from drooping
  • Waist tab overlaps for extra small waist size
  • Breathable, washable, soft and strong absorbent

Check out all of the options on Amazon HERE. 

You can also visit our Amazon category HERE to see if there is anything else you may want to grab for a deal to bundle in your order for FREE shipping!

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Instead of an Expensive Baby Tub, Use a Laundry Basket

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by Cassie on February 5, 2014

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Today’s Pinterest find is a brilliant one!

It saves money and is very practical.  We posted about this on our Facebook page over a year ago and everyone thought it was a brilliant alternative.

What we like about this option:

  • It’s cheap! Anything that you can use for multi-purposes saves money and time.
  • It’s safer – keeps baby corraled in a tighter water space, which reduces the risk (But still NEVER leave baby alone!)
  • It’s easier for baby to play – he/she can grab toys easier as they are within reach.
  • Baby feels more at ease as they have easy sides to grab.
  • You can help control the water level a little easier.  A little bit of water goes a long way!

What do you think of this idea?  Have you ever tried this or will you try it?

See this on Pinterest HERE

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8 Tips to Save BIG Money on Diapers

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by Cassie on January 13, 2014

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Well hello to our fellow moms and dads out there that are changing diapers of our precious little ones!  We/ve got to stick together and encourage one another! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

So, as The Thrifty Couple, we felt the need to share our diaper changing money saving ideas and experiences with you.  You see, we have been changing the bums of our little blessings for 10 years straight now…. no breaks. In fact, there were times that we had 2 in diapers and a short time period with 3 in diapers. I guess that is what happens when you have a tight age-span. Our 5 babies are 10, 9, 7, 5 and 2.5.  They are awesome, we wouldn’t change a thing – except the changing of the diapers.

We have always had a pretty smooth system.  Mommy was responsible for diapers during the work day and in the middle of the work week nights. Daddy took evenings before bed and weekends (even the middle of the night on weekends).  We always cheered the babies on when they had their big loads during the other parent’s changing shift! :)

Well, we started our “getting out of debt” journey when we were expecting our first.  Having a brand-new baby as a first-time parent will challenge anyone’s budget, but especially a couple who had $100,000 of consumer debt.

But we were ever so thankful for our children for our finances? Why?  Because it was the wake-up call that we needed to get out of debt.  It sounds weird, I know, but that is the total truth.

If we didn’t have kids when we did, our financial story may not have had the happy ending it has.  But our now 10-year old was the baby that saved us financially and since each child has been a bigger blessing and much less of a financial burden.

Today, as a family of 7, we live on much less than we did when it was the 2 of us.  We have very rich and full lives and are ever so thankful for the bountiful blessings children have given.

So….. you thought this article was about saving on diapers.  Well, I did too! But we just want everyone to know that although diapering is exhausting, gross, potentially expensive and irritating…… none of that compares to the blessing, joy, happiness and excitement that sacrificing a time of your life this very necessary task brings.  You quickly forget about the diapers.

But while you are in the middle of it, let’s talk about how to save on diapers.

The first thing to be stated is this:  In this day and age, there are no excuses as to why you cannot save money on diapers.

There are so many resources out there that are geared towards saving money quickly, easily and effortlessly.  We want to share those with you. Even if you save a dollar or two each week, over the lifetime of diapering your child, this could be hundreds saved.  And you can even save a lot more than $1 or $2 each week.

It is one necessity that you are guaranteed to save something each week!

Why is it necessary to save on diapers.  Well, if I didn’t express how $1-$2 can add up each week can save you hundreds clearly enough from my above statement, let’s try some math on for size! 

First up – the first scary truth. Just how many diapers will you or have your changed per child before they are potty-trained?

Here is a quick calculation to help. Please note the number of diapers per day is actually a bare minimum – imagine how much more the total probably will be!

  • 1-3 months old uses around 7 diapers a day for 92 days = 644 diapers
  • 4-5 month old uses around 6 diapers a day for 60 days = 360 diapers
  • 6-12 month old uses around 5 diapers a day for 182 days = 910 diapers
  • 12-24 month old uses around 4 diapers a day for 365 days = 1,460 diapers
  • 24 +months (the average girl is potty trained around 2-3 years and average boy around 3-4 years, so we are going to calculate up to 3 years) uses around 3 diapers a day for 365 days = 1,095 diapers

The grand total of diapering your child for 3 years: A WHOPPING 4,469 diapers!

Now remember that we stated these are low numbers – most parents actually use 30%, 60% or even double the amounts of the numbers above. But we didn’t want to scare you too badly.

So now let’s take that lovely 4,469 number and calculate the cost.  You might want to sit down for this news……..

We are going to calculate based on Walmart’s everyday low prices. Why?  Well, whether we all like it or not, Walmart does consistently have the lowest everyday prices – Target right behind them! So it is a good baseline for everyday prices.

After checking name-brand diapers, the average cost of size 3-4 (the most popular sizes and the size that the majority of your 4,469 diapers will be) are .25-.29 each.  The generic diapers in the 3-4 sizes average .18 each diaper.

  • 4,469 x 27.5 cents = $1229 for each child in name brand diapering.
  • 4,469 x 18  cents = $805 for each child in generic/store brand diapering.

So you may already be saying, or you are going to start saying… “there went that .25″ several times a day!  Most parents really hate to shell out the funds for the diapers, but they are one of the “necessary, but annoying” expenses of life. No matter how you choose to diaper – it is an expense that faces every parent.

Alex makes the joke that when the box states the diaper is for 14-20 lbs it really means that this is how much the diaper can hold before needing to be changed. We joke about it, but this is seriously how parents feel as they see their dollars in the trash everyday – they want to hang onto those dollars as long as possible.

Well, what if we could tell you that we consistently save 40% or more every time we buy diapers?  We have since the day our first was born.  Then as the years went on and diapers went in the trash, we got even more creative to save “loads” more diapers.  That is what we want to share with you now in an easy step-by-step process to save every time you buy diapers.

Step#1 – Understand the differences in brands, packaging and types of diapers. 

There are 2 main name-brands – Pampers and Huggies. We have put together a diaper size chart that shows each brand of diapers, type of diapers, package size, and the number of diapers in each pack.  Our assessment led us to name the average price of name brand diapers at 27.5 cents per diaper after factoring in average cost of each package and the number of diapers in it. 

This is the average cost if you were to purchase the name-brand diapers (Pampers, Huggies).  But what difference would generic/store-brand diapers make?  Generic/store-brand diapers run an average of 15-30% cheaper than name brand, so let’s assume about 30% discount = .18 each diaper.  

Luvs are a great “in-between” from the top name-brands to store-brand.  They are considered the “value” name brand.  We personally find them to be much better quality than generic brands without the hefty price of Pampers or Huggies. They run about an average of .20 each diaper.   The benefit of Luvs too, they have coupons (unlike generic which rarely to have coupons), so that makes them an even better value.

For an everyday further value, the bigger the package of diapers, whether Pampers, Huggies, Luvs and generic store brands – the cheaper the cost is per diaper.  This can vary significantly.  Up to .10 per diaper difference for the exact same diaper in the exact same size, but in a big box vs. the small bags.

Finally, both Pampers and Huggies and some store-brands, there are different “types” of diapers.

Huggies has their “best value” diaper called Snug and Dry.  Then they have what we call “specialty” diapers that are their Little Snugglers,Little Movers or even their Slip-Ons.  You will pay the same price (most of the time) for the jumbo bag of “Snug and Dry” and the jumbo bag of “Little Movers.”  BUT… check this out: Huggies Little Movers size 3 contain 31 diapers.  The Huggies Snug and Dry size 3 contain 36 diapers. Both of the packages are the same cost, but the Snug and Dry has 5 more diapers – that’s like a savings of $1.25 or more just by opting for the Snug and Dry option.

Pampers “value” is called Baby Dry and “specialty” are called Cruisers. Again, Pampers Baby Dry size 3 has 32 and Cruisers size 3 has 28 – 4 extra diapers in the Pampers Baby Dry for the same cost!

We personally have not seen any difference from the Pampers or Huggies “value” vs. “specialty” diapers.  It’s not worth the cost difference. The leakage protection seems to be the same with both.  Remember, we’ve changed tens of thousands of diapers :) 

Step #1 Summary- 

Luvs is the best every day option! You get the value of a generic brand, additional coupon savings occassinoally and the same protection as the name-brand.  Buy in bigger packaging options as this can save a significant amount of money! If you need to buy name-brand, go with the value options like Huggies Snug and Dry and Pampers Baby Dry.

Step #2 – Calculate and Know Your Price Point

Your price point may be different than ours. The price point depends on the size of diapers your child is wearing, the length of time your baby spends in each size, and whether you are brand specific. Your price point is what the cost of the diaper is if you were to go to the store now and buy it. You can calculate your price point by dividing the shelf cost by the number of diapers in the package.  For example, one of our families favorite diapers is Pampers Baby Dry. So to figure our price point, we use the diaper size chart and average the price per diaper for the big packs (these are the boxes of diapers). Currently the Big Packs (our 19 month old wears size 4) average at $19.49 and contain 82 diapers = 24 cents per diaper. $0.24 now becomes our price point. We want to beat the price of $0.24 when we buy diapers! Don’t ever buy diapers at the price point as you can usually easily beat it!

Step #3 – Look for Diaper Sales Each Week

In the 10 years that we have been buying diapers, there has been a sale somewhere every single week. Diaper sales are not rare.  They are one of the most common sales.  Whether at your local grocery store, Walgreens, Target, Kmart, CVS….. and the list goes one. Someone will have them on sale!

For many years, we used to provide a list of diaper deals at the national stores each week. It was a free service that we provided to our readers.  It took us many, many hours each week. Well, we stopped typing up the deals for you each week about 1-year ago.

Why?  Well, the method of providing this information has become antiquated.  With technology, there are many ways to now get this information and get it more accurately and quickly.  We have the printable lists for dozens of stores found on our site in our grocery shopping section HERE that will give you the current sales in your area, show you coupons and allow you to print the list.

The second easy way is to use the Favado app HERE. This has made millions of lives easier for thrifty grocery and household shopping.  We love it and fully endorse it. It’s free and so easy to use.  If you want to find diaper sales in your area very quickly – just pull up the Favado app on your phone, tablet, etc. and search diapers.  All brands, package sizes and sales will pop up. In less than 3 minutes, you will know the lowest prices for diapers in your area – nothing to print or write down too! You can even do this if you are out and about and realize you need diapers.  Favado also lets you know about coupons available in the newspaper or online as well.  Get the FAVADO app for free here or find out more information about it.

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Here’s an example of a Favado App diaper search.  The red paper clip also means that there are coupons to make the price listed even lower.  When you click on it, it will show you the coupons. 

Step #4. Know when to use those diaper coupons with the current diaper sales

Combining those coupons with the sales will help you maximize those savings and bring the price way under that of the generics. If you have the coupons, don’t hesitate to use them! Most all of the coupons for Huggies, Pampers and Luvs will be in the newspaper or online to print.  

Both of the printable shopping lists and the Favado app (whichever form you prefer to use!) lists the coupons available, so you don’t have to do the work!

If you do need to know of any coupons for diapers that are available right now, you can also search our coupon database HERE for the word “diapers” or “Huggies” or “Pampers” or “Luvs,” and any coupons for any of those will pop up!

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Here’s an example of the word “diaper” in the coupon database and as you can see, any coupons related to diapers pop-up! Refine your search for more specific needs! 

Step #5. Know When to Stock-Up

If we beat our price point of $0.24 a diaper, then we are doing decent. However, if you can stock up on diapers and beat your price point by a lot – the you are doing very well! A starting stock-up price is about 30% less than your price point. If you get to 30% off or more – it is time to stock-up.

    • If you end up hitting 50% off or more from your price point then RUN – don’t walk when it comes to stocking up!
    • Begin stocking-up when you are expecting. It can be a several month process to have enough stock to keep you going without having to buy diapers “spur-of-the-moment.” With our last baby, we stocked-up while I was pregnant with him. We were able to stock over 9 months worth of diapers before he was born – meaning that in his first few months of life already, we have only gone through less than 1/3 of the diaper stock we had from before he was born! Overall, this will have saved us hundreds of dollars even in his first year of life. We continue to stock-up of course.
  • Today – our family waits until we can get diapers for around .15 before stocking up! But we have a good supply from past sales and are often not in need of them.

Step #6. Know Which Sizes to Stock-Up 

This is a question that we are always asked: “How can I stock-up if I just don’t know what size my baby will need in several months?” Our answer – don’t necessarily stock up on newborn and size 1. Babies grow very fast and they grow out of these size diapers even faster! Plus, many diaper baby gifts are often in this size already. If you plan to stock-up, only have a handful of size 2 packages on hand. You are probably going to be pretty safe stocking up a lot of size 3 and size 4. Our kids seemed to stay in these two sizes of diapers forever! Our 2 year old started size 4 diapers nearly a year ago and he will probably be there until he is potty trained.

TIP: If you stock-up on a size that you end up not using all of, just attach a note to the package saying where you bought the package – nearly all stores, including the major national chains, will exchange an identical package of diapers for a different size. For example, if you had a size 2 Pampers Baby Dry package left that you purchased from Target – return the package to Target in exchange for a size 3 Pampers Baby Dry, etc.

Step #7 – Buy Diapers Online

Okay – throw out all of your ideas of shopping because this may come as a surprise to you! This is what we have done for the last 18 months. We buy diapers online now almost exclusively!

But we don’t just buy from any place….. but one place.  That place is Amazon.  Amazon actually has some of the best prices consistently anyway, so if you are not already buying your diapers on Amazon, here’s why you should normally.

Here are the three ways to save to make the prices so low every single day:

  • Amazon’s sale prices - Amazon’s biggest competitor is Walmart, therefore, Amazon matches Walmart’s prices.  And do you remember what we said about Walmart earlier? We stated how Walmart is the lowest everyday price.  Well, if you can get Walmart’s prices online – that alone is probably motivation enough to buy online.  BUT…. Amazon has 2 additional ways to save everyday, which makes the cost of diapers FAR BELOW Walmart!
  • Then the 20% discount for being an Amazon Mom’s member  and using Subscribe and Save (it’s free to join and anyone that takes care of kids can join, not just moms)
  • Then they almost always have ecoupons for great savings from $1 – $3 ecoupon
  • Shipping is FREE as an Amazon Mom’s member or if not, most all of the options will include free shipping too!

So those are the “normal ways” to get some rock bottom diaper prices and shop from home! We spend $25 every three months on diapers by doing this normally and combining with step #8!

This is the easiest, most consistent, no-brainer way to save on diapers (and wipes!) every day. Now you may know why we don’t bother catching the store sales :)

*Tip – the Club Size Boxes that Amazon sells are the same prices or even lower at times as Costco and Sam’s Club. Amazon is very, very competitive with these two big box stores on diapers and other club size packages on foods too! 

Step #8 – Consider a full-time or part-time cloth diapering

For many years, we were a full-time disposable diaper family.  I don’t like icky messes.  I liked cleaning it up and throwing it away! I am still that way. But,I decided to give cloth diapering a try.

It’s still not my favorite as there is more work and stink involved, but it is better for baby and better for the budget.

So, our family does “part-time” cloth diapering.  Perhaps one day I will dive into it full-time, but this works very well for us.

How does part-time cloth diapering work?  Well, I am sure it will look different for each family, but here’s what we do: when we are at home during the day, we try to use cloth diapers.   When we are out or at night, we use disposable diapers.  This cut down half of our disposable diaper usage.

I love part-time cloth diapering because we cut down half of our disposable diaper usage at our .15 per diaper price point adds up to big savings.  But, when it counts, I still get the convenience and ease of disposable diapers. It’s like the best of both worlds!

We have $20 a month budgeted for diapers per month, but because of cloth diapering and what we just shared in step #7, we don’t even spend close to that!

Honestly, we get the Amazon Subscribe and Save giant box of Luvs at a percent of savings and we only have to get them about every 3 months.  I haven’t bought diapers in the store for months for this reason and we are spending a significant less amount of money on diapers.

Now don’t forget that there is an initial investment in cloth diapers.  Depending on the type, you can spend anywhere from $4-$12 per diaper on average (many styles will also be in the $20′s per diaper!) when you figure in the cost of the cloth diaper, the cover and pins.  We caught a great online cloth diaper sale a long time ago that included the washable liner, diaper and cover with the buttons.  We don’t have to fuss with pins. There are hundreds of options.  So if you are committed to trying to make cloth diapering work, then this is a smart way to go! See our post on Cloth Diapering 101 HERE for more cloth diapering tips!

If you remember and apply each of these tips you will be on your way to saving some good money. With all considerations, you can easily diaper your child for 40% less! That means a savings of $400-$700 per child! Now considering that we have five children thus far, that means we’ve saved over $3,900 using these simple tips!

Think about your savings over the 3 years with one child…two children….three children etc. Step back a moment, consider what you could do with that kind of money, and get to it!  You could actually enjoy diapering your child.  Ok, we won’t take it that far, but we promise you’ll enjoy saving all that money!

What tips/comments/suggestions do you have? Leave a comment below and tell us!

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Guest Post: Cloth Diapering 101

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by Alex on November 8, 2011

Cloth diapering is a great option for parents looking for frugal ways to care for their baby. I used cloth diapers for my first three babies, and have used paper for my last three. Overall, while paper has an edge on convenience, I prefer cloth. I love the simple and the natural, and I hate feeling like I am wasting anything!

The world of cloth diapering is, however, less simple than it used to be. There are many, many options available! To start, cloth diapers can be broken down into two main categories: diaper services and home washing.

A diaper service is a laundry facility that will, on a weekly basis, come to your home and deliver the desired number of clean, prefold diapers. They pick up the week’s soiled diapers, which do not require any rinsing or special care. (You do, however, need to purchase and wash your own covers. They typically run between $8.00 – $15.00, and four or five will serve. They are not difficult to wash and only occasionally become very messy.) A monthly fee is charged, which varies considerably by region, but is generally comparable to paper diapering in cost for a single child in diapers. There are two major savings involved with a diaper service: 1) cloth diapered babies tend to diaper train significantly earlier than babies who wear paper, because the child can feel the wetness and develops self-awareness about the whole process more quickly. 2) I loved this one: if you have two (or more if you are so blessed!) children in diapers at the same time, you save a ton of money. Diaper services usually charge a flat fee which covers delivery and washing, plus a few cents on each diaper that you order. So, if you add a new baby to your account, your monthly diaper bill will only go up by literally a few dollars. A good place to start for more info on diaper services is http://www.diapernet.org/.

Then there is home washing – this is where it can get complicated. There are a lot of options out there; you can go with a good quality flat prefold diaper, used with a hook-and-loop closure cover like you would use for diaper service diapers, or there are dozens of newer systems out there that might be a little more expensive to get started with, but are more convenient. Some of these, like bumGenius, are one-size deals that will fit your baby from 7-35 lbs, so while the initial layout is a little higher with these, you do not have to buy progressively larger sizes like you do with the flat diapers and covers. Your toddler can wear the same size diapers as your newborn.

Regardless of which style you choose, you’ll have to wash them. While baby is exclusively breastfed, there is no rinsing needed, but once solids or formula are introduced, the diapers need to be rinsed before being tossed in the diaper pail. This job can be made easier with some convenience items such as a diaper sprayer, but can also be accomplished with a dedicated spatula and a swish in the toilet. Most people wash their diapers several times a week, investing an hour or so of their time. Washed properly, your diapers will not smell bad and they will not usually cause a rash. The extra work pays off – even considering the initial outlay and the ongoing expense of washing, this is by far the least expensive way to diaper a baby. The savings over the years one child spends in diapers can easily hit four figures – and then, you can reuse the diapers for your next child, and often resell them when you are done.

One of the best places to get started washing your own diapers is Cotton Babies. I have also had good experiences with Green Mountain Diapers. For even more information, including very detailed cost breakdowns, visit Green Baby Guide.

Some of you may be now wondering, “Why, if she loves cloth diapers so much, doesn’t she currently use them??” Ahhh…long story. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding which diaper system to use: cost, convenience, time, environmental concerns, personal preference, spouse’s preference, baby’s preference (in terms of rash issues – some babies rash with paper and not with cloth, some vice versa). Hopefully I have helped you consider which might be the best fit for you!

Desiree is a homeschooling mom of 6, wife to Mark, and blogs about homemaking and homeschooling in faith at Diligence Without Fear.

A note from The Thrifty Couple: Please be watching our site as we have shared some amazing deals on cloth diapering products in the past and will continue to do so as we find them to help you save more.  Be watching our Baby Deals!

Photo Credit: Thank you to Green Parenthood for the use of the photo.

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