Use these helpful money saving tips to save big on diapers & wipes. From how to get them cheap to how to use less….you’ll find it all here!
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No matter how you look at it, diapers and wipes just get to be downright expensive! And the fact that you are blowing money on something that you are soon going to be throwing in the garbage isn’t very comforting either. Yes, I know there are cloth diapers and understand that they are supposed to be cheaper. But if you are like me and just can’t bring yourself to switch to cloth diapers, take heart. Without too much hassle, you can save money on disposable diapers and wipes and probably keep from going broke in the process.
7 Easy Ways to Save on Diapers and Wipes
1. Use Coupons & Buy on Sale
Hands down, this is the way that I save the most money on diapers and wipes. There are almost always coupons available on sites like Coupons.com for at least $1.00 off Huggies, Pampers and often Luvs too. I also watch coupon apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 for diaper and wipes offers, since they frequently have them. Combine some coupons with sale prices and you can save a bundle, especially at drugstores. I almost always can get a pack of diapers for $5 or less and wipes for $1.00 or less.
2. Be Slow to Switch Sizes
Why is this such a big deal? Because the bigger the diaper, the less diapers there are per package and so, therefore, the more expensive it gets.
Diapers come with a suggested weight per size. I’ve discovered that with both of my children, I could wear the various size diapers for longer than what the package suggested. For instance, my daughter weighs more than the size 3 diapers say they are made for but they still fit her fine, we don’t have leaks and so we continue to stick with them. Instead of going with what the package recommends, we change sizes once we start having lots of leaks.
3. Be Mindful of How You Put On the Diaper
And speaking of leaks, I know we get more mileage out of smaller diapers by using this little trick. Your child can stay in smaller diapers longer if you are careful how you put the diaper on. If your child’s tendency is to leak out the top, then pull the diaper up more in the front. Have problems with messes oozing out the back? Then pull the diaper up more in the back. Both are a problem? Well, then it’s definitely probably time to switch to the next size!
4. Watch Package Sizes
Instead of thinking price per package, think price per wipe/diaper. The reason for this is because not all packages contain the same amount of product. For instance, Pampers Soft Care wipes come in 72 ct. packages while Pampers Sensitive wipes come in 64 ct. packages. Both products cost the same amount but by purchasing the larger count you get 8 more wipes per package, reducing your cost.
You’ll find similar things in diapers. Huggies Snug & Dry size 2 come in 42 ct. packages while Huggies Little Snugglers size 2 only have 36 per package. Again, they typically are priced the same but you can save around $0.04/diaper by choosing the larger package.
Whenever you see diapers or wipes at a low price, if you have room in your budget, buy them even if you don’t immediately need them. The concept behind this simple. Why pay full price for something that you can easily save a couple of bucks on? By waiting to buy diapers and wipes only when you need them, you end up almost always spending more.
I take diaper stockpiling pretty seriously. When I was pregnant with our daughter, I started buying diapers and wipes when I would see them at rock bottom prices. By the time she was born 12 ½ months ago, I had 42 packages of diapers and around 30 packages of wipes. I’m just now starting to use up the last of what I bought then. The great thing is that I’ve continued to be able to keep buying ahead so I have never had to pay more than $5 for a package of diapers and $1 for a package of wipes. That has translated into huge savings for us!
For more on saving money by Diaper/Wipe stockpiling, ready my post How to Save Money & Build a Diaper Stockpile (includes approximate diaper usage for 1st year!).
6. Be Willing to Vary Brands
If you are going to maximize your savings, you are going to have to be willing to use whatever brand of diapers/wipes you can get for the least amount of money. Some weeks Pampers are the cheapest, other weeks Huggies. And sometimes it’s Luvs or the store brand. Be willing to try brands other than the one you typically use. Often you will find that you like it just as well. And while I’m not a huge fan of store brand diapers, sometimes they actually are surprisingly good. Both Costco and Target brand diapers are really decent in my opinion and have great reviews online.
Remember too that often store brand diapers have a money back guarantee, so if you don’t like them you don’t have anything to lose!
7. Buy in Bulk
If you don’t plan on using coupons, the next best way to save is to buy in bulk. Places like Amazon are great options to purchase boxes of diapers and wipes at decent prices. Amazon even has a program called Amazon Mom that allows you to get 20% savings on many of their diapers and wipes, plus free 2-day shipping on most items too.
(Update: the prices below were current in Jan. ’14. They are obviously going to change frequently and are simply given as an illustration.)
Here are two current Amazon deals:
- Pampers Softcare Wipes 864 Count $17.51 with Amazon Moms and Subscribe & Save. (Be sure to clip the $0.50 coupon found just below the product description too!) This comes to just $0.02/wipe.
- Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, Size 3, 222 Count $35.74 with Amazon Moms and Subscribe & Save. (Be sure to clip the $2.00 coupon found just below the product description too!) This comes to just $0.16/diaper.