7.17.2008

AFFORDABLE DIAPERS

Since we started the Dave Ramsey plan, I now carry an envelope full of cash that is supposed to cover all of our food and household expenses for the month. The idea being that when the money is gone, it's gone. However, now that I've finally run out of all the diapers that I received as gifts before Charlie was born, I'm finding it very difficult for our existing budget to work with the added diaper purchases I am now making every month. (If I think about how many diapers I actually change a day, it's enough to drive me mad.)

I used to only use Target diapers, but after too many "blow-outs" and leaks, I decided it was worth the money to go with quality over quantity. We switched to Pampers and Huggies and have had less accidents and diaper rash ever since.

The only problem is that Pampers and Huggies are very EXPENSIVE and I have inherited my mother's frugality. Compare Luke's Pampers Diapers at 27 cents a piece to the Target brand diapers at 14 cents each. That is a huge savings when you are literally going through 12+ diapers a day.

Since I am a slave to these certain brands, I am always looking for good deals and coupons. Yesterday I found Huggies online through Amazon.com for 15 cents per diaper for Charlie's and 23 cents per diaper for Luke's. Still expensive, but cheaper than the store, and that price includes shipping.

The only other way I can think of to save money on diapers (besides Elimination Communication), is to potty train Luke. Hmmmm. I think I'll just pay the money for the diapers for now.

15 comments:

  1. Maybe I should send you the Pampers coupons I got in the mail yesterday. Since Jackson doesn't use them anymore -- I'm still confused at why I ended up with a free newborn diaper.

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  2. I can totally sympethize! As you know, Kaitlyn was 20 months old when Gavin was born and didn't get fully potty trained until after she turned three (hey, I really tried, but she just wasn't motivated) so we spent a fortune on diapers. I'm a Huggies only person, too. But I recently discovered that the Costco brand is just as good as Huggies and they're a little cheaper...

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  3. I'm a total Huggies fan. We have encountered nothing but problems with any other diaper that we used. Have you signed up on the Huggies website? We get coupons once or twice a month. Granted it is only for $1.50 off but I'll take it! I have also heard that the Kirkland brand @ Costco works just as well.

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  4. I think it's funny how different brands work well with different kids. Huggies sucks on Carson, Pampers are great, but Target works just as well. Luke really goes through 12+ diapers a day?! What's the boy eating?

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  5. Costco has huggies at .19 cents for the larger sizes. Sad...Ethan and Sara wear the same size!!!

    I have used the Amazon deals too...they are great because of the Super Saver Shipping.

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  6. Danica - The 12+ diapers total includes Charlie!

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  7. I know what you mean about diapers. I feel like I am changing diapers all the time :)

    I buy the diapers for the boys (pampers for both) on diapers.com.

    If it is the first time you are ordering through them, you get $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more (which is not hard to do when buying diapers for 2 kids). The code you enter is PARENTS6 (the code expires on August 31, 2008).

    I like diapers.com because I can pay through paypal and not have to enter my card information on the site, plus there is no shipping charged for orders over $49.99 and they don't charge tax, which will save you $5.00 right there.

    Plus I don't have to go to the store to buy them - they are delivered to my door via ups within 2 or 3 days.

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  8. I just bought pull ups because they were on sale cheaper than regular pampers. Which was actually perfect since I was thinking of a way to get jonah to stop undoing his diaper! I now laugh every time I see Jonah try to unstrap his Unstrappable diapers muahhahahah

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  9. definitely stick with the diapers: coming from one who tried potty training a boy 6 mo. older than Luke a month ago. Diapers are WELL worth the money. Sacrifice cable TV before the diapers. :-) I can't imagine dealing with the potty/poop training while we were at Calaveras or Carpinteria.

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  10. A few people have said it, but I also agree that the Costco brand is just like Huggies. I will be in a similar situation very soon, I think I am on my last pack of diapers from my showers and I will have to buy my first package really soon! Sad part for me though is although I don't mind using Costco or Huggies, I think Pampers are my favorite.

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  11. if you go to afullcup.com and go to the target coupon generator, scroll down to the pampers coupons. $5 off diapers and wipes together, and also print off the $5 free gift card for buying those two together. Its a little tricky, but it works out that the diapers/wipes are just over $5. especially if you do multiple trips and use the gift cards on your next diaper purchase. These coupons are only good until July
    31st, but that is still a good amount of time to stock up if you can. good luck

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  12. I'm surprised you are not using cloth diapers with Charlie. I guess they are way better now than the safety pin kind of old. They also have a disposable lining which makes it a little nicer for cleaning, I hear. You probably know more about this than me, but if you do try it, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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  13. I must be really frugal, because I used only cloth diapers. It did save a ton of $$$, and with each child the cost goes down, not up. And I often used diaper liners, which were not very expensive, but made washing easier. Not sure what is out there w/o safety pins. Maybe you could get some free samples in exchange for writing about them on your blog...

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  14. Cloth diapers are a nice idea, but I absolutely hate doing laundry, so I am a fan of disposable diapers. I signed up on Huggies website to get coupons in the mail. I also clip coupons like crazy. I refuse to buy diapers without having a coupon. I've found with boys I can't go cheap on diapers. They have to be pampers or huggies. But with Abby she has done pretty well with storebrands. We buy our diapers mainly at Costco. Although if Amazon and diapers.com is that good of a deal, I'm tempted to switch to that.

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  15. I'm all about good diapers. First, they fit in smaller sizes longer. So, you get more for your $$ that way. Also, my boys pooped and peed out of all the cheapos and they got a rash with cheapos so to me it was more expensive to use the crappy diapers. I LOVED pampers with Hayden but hated them with Owen. Owen is a huggies natural fit kinda guy :).

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