We’re a disposable diapering family. I know that a lot of people believe that cloth diapering is substantially cheaper, but I’m just not a fan. We do have a small cloth diaper stash but leakage and blowouts were a constant occurrence during my cloth diaper experimentation. In comparison, we never get leakage using disposable diapers and blowouts rarely (if ever) happen. Another reason for us using disposable diapers is because I know I don’t have the time and patience that’s required. When I read about all the different washing requirements depending on the diaper material, detergents you should and shouldn’t use, the possibility of bacteria growing in the fabric causing yeast infections, etc., it immediately turns me off cloth diapering.
So yeah, we’re a disposable diaper family. And as you’re probably aware – the cost of disposable diapers can really add up. Because of this, I’m always looking for ways to save money on disposable diapers.
My son is just over 8 months old now, but when he was first born, the hospital I gave birth in supplied us with some Pampers Swaddlers. They seemed to work well, and because that was the brand we used in the hospital, we naturally gravitated towards them after we got home. Pampers Swaddlers are considered a “name brand” diaper. (Can you believe there are “name brand” diapers?) Because of this, they’re amongst the most expensive store diapers, along with Huggies. However, despite my initial brand loyalty, I still refused to ever pay full price for diapers. Over the course of a few years, even a dollar or two saved on every packet of diapers will really add up.
5 Ways To Save Tons of Money on Disposable Diapers
I absolutely love Coupons.com. Before I go out to buy diapers (or do any grocery shopping) I always go to the website and check out the available coupons. They always seem to have coupons available for diapers – at the time of me writing this, there is currently a coupon for $1.50 off a packet of Pampers Swaddlers and $2 off a packet of Huggies diapers. All you have to do is click on the coupon and then print it off. (This cheap laser printer is great for printing coupons – it doesn’t use much ink and you can print straight from your smartphone.)
IBOTTA – I’m a huge fan of this free, cash back app. If you haven’t joined Ibotta yet, you need to. You’ll get cash back on your groceries, but they also regularly offer cash back on diapers. At the time of writing this, you can get $2 back on Huggies diapers.
Join Amazon Family (and automatically save 20% on diapers!)
Join Amazon Family and you’ll automatically save 20% on diapers! I’m a HUGE Amazon fan, and I think this is such a great deal (especially if you’re not into clipping coupons.) There are other perks too, like free 2-day shipping on millions of items, instant streaming of millions of TV shows, movies, and music, and lots more. But the 20% off diapers is the clincher for me. There’s a free 30-day trial, too. I recommend signing up for the free 30-day trial to see how you like it. (I’m pretty sure you’ll love it – I definitely do!) Click here to join Amazon Family and get a 30-Day Free Trial
Don’t Be A Brand Snob
As I mentioned, I was a Pamper Swaddlers snob. It’s what the hospital gave us, so it’s what we initially stuck with. But if your baby’s skin is ok with using different diaper brands, then consider buying whatever is on special or has the best coupons.
Stock Up On Sales
Just recently, my local grocery store had a managers special where their Pampers Cruisers were $8.69 cheaper than normal. I was able to combine a $1.50 coupon and save $10.19, which was a pretty incredible saving. Because of this, I stocked up on size 3 diapers. Size 3 is what my son is currently wearing, and it seems to be the size that babies stay in for quite a while (they quickly outgrow the tiny newborn sizes!) I bought a few boxes because they were so cheap, so we’ll be good to go for quite a while. If you come across a deal like this but you’re worried your baby will grow out of their current size, buy a couple of boxes of the next size up.
Give Store Brands A Try
Not all diapers are created equal, but just because a diaper doesn’t have a “name brand” associated with it, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not as effective. Oftentimes, the only difference between the store brand diapers and the name brand are the adorable cartoons printed on the front. One of the store brands that we’ve had good success with is Target’s Up & Up brand.
Do you have any other tips for saving money on disposable diapers?