Save hundreds by learning how to build a diaper stockpile! Includes a diaper stockpile chart to help you know how many diapers you’ll need. A must read for any mom to be!
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There are lots of different ways that you can save on diapers and wipes. But one of the ways that I have saved significantly on the cost for all four of our children is by having a diaper stockpile. In fact, I estimate that I saved at least $225, possibly as much as $350, on a year’s supply of diapers and wipes for each child!
(I didn’t keep exact track, but I know I never paid more than $5 for a pack of diapers or $1 for a pack of wipes and many times got them for much less than that. So I calculated my savings using that information.)
Diaper stockpiling has helped us save so much simply because it means that I never had to pay full price for either diapers or wipes. When I was preparing for our babies to be born, I always planned ahead and started buying diapers while I was still pregnant, I could wait and purchase both diapers and wipes when they were at their lowest prices and then add them to my stockpile.
For example, this meant that when our first daughter was born, I had a nice stockpile of 42 packages of diapers and around 30 packages of wipes waiting to be used. And of course, they were all bought at rock bottom prices.
This allowed me to be able to continue purchasing diapers and wipes only when they were at really low prices, which obviously meant that I was able to also continue saving more money. In fact, I’ve never had to pay more than $5 for a package of diapers and $1 for a package of wipes, which is at least 50% savings off of the regular price! And many times I could get diapers for around $3.50 a pack and wipes for $0.50 a pack.
For me, one of the hardest things about diaper stockpiling was knowing how many of each size to buy. When I was pregnant with our oldest daughter, I discovered that a friend of mine kept track of how many diapers her son used in his first year.
I found it incredibly helpful to refer to that when I was purchasing diapers for my own diaper stockpile. And although we ended up using different amounts, it gave me a bit of a guideline to go by.
I ended up keeping track of our daughter’s diaper usage during her first year too. Below you’ll find both my friend’s and my record. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of how many of each size diaper to stock up on for your own baby!
(The packs referred to below are the smaller jumbo size packages of diapers, not the larger mega packs or boxes. I included the approximate number of diapers since some of you may prefer buying the big boxes instead.)
Diaper Stockpile Chart
Our Daughter’s Diaper Usage During First 12 Months (she weighed 8lb. 4 oz. at birth)
Newborn: 6 packs (approx. 216 diapers)
Size 1: 4 packs (approx. 160 diapers)
Size 2: 16 packs (approx. 640 diapers)
Size 3: 19 packs (approx. 684 diapers)
Friend’s Son’s Diaper Usage During First 12 Months (he weighed 7lb. 12 oz. at birth)
Newborn: 7 packs (approx. 252 diapers)
Size 1: 7 packs (approx. 280 diapers)
Size 2: 14 packs (approx. 560 diapers)
Size 3: 38 packs (approx. 1368 diapers)
How to Build a Diaper Stockpile (and wipes too!)
WATCH DIAPER SIZE
Huggies Little Snugglers diapers are smaller than Huggies Snug & Dry diapers of the same size. (I’m meaning that the diaper itself is smaller, not the package.) So if you buy any of the Little Snugglers diapers, be sure to use them first as your baby will grow out of them more quickly.
WATCH PACKAGE SIZE
The number of diapers per package can vary even in the same size diapers. For example, Huggies Little Snugglers and Pampers Swaddlers diaper packs have fewer diapers per pack than the Huggies Snug & Dry or the Pampers Baby Dry of the same size.
So by simply purchasing the Huggies Snug & Dry and Pampers Baby Dry instead of the Huggies Little Snugglers and Pampers Swaddlers, you’ll save money because you are getting more diapers per package.
Some stores don’t carry the Snug & Dry and Baby Dry diapers in size 1 & 2. But if they do, I try to purchase those instead of the Little Snugglers and Swaddlers just because I’m getting more diapers for my dollar.
Also, currently Huggies has more diapers per package than Pampers brand. So, if you aren’t set on using Pampers brand diapers, often it is cheaper to buy the Huggies brand because even though the packages might cost the same amount, you are getting several diapers more in each package!
SET A BUY PRICE
Figuring out how much you are willing to pay for diapers and wipes makes it easy to know whether a deal is worth buying or not. If you aren’t sure where to start, it might help to peruse store ads a bit and see what the sale price of diaper/wipes typically is in your area. Once you figure out your “buy price”, stick to it and only make a purchase when you can get them at that price or lower.
* I typically try to pay no more than $0.13-$0.14/diaper.
Since diapers vary a lot in cost per diaper depending on the size and brand, I simply figure my cost per diaper by using size 3 diapers. This works well for me since diapers are typically the same price per package no matter what size diapers you buy.
When diapers are on sale and I want to figure out whether a deal is worth doing, I just calculate the cost per diaper figuring the size 3 package amount. So if there are 36 diapers in a package and they are on sale for $5.00 then I divide 5 by 36 and figure out that they are $0.14/diaper.
* I typically try to pay no more than $0.02/wipe
Again, I figure this price by dividing the cost of the package by the number of wipes. Most packages have 64 wipes in them and if I watch sales and use coupons I can often get them for $1.00 which comes to just $0.016/wipe.
KNOW WHERE TO GET THE BEST DIAPER DEALS
I’ve discovered that I can usually get the best deals on diapers and wipes at drug stores and here’s why. Places like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have programs that give you money back via store rewards when you buy certain items. This means that when I can combine a sale and one of those reward deals with a coupon I can often get really good prices, because I’m saving three different ways.
For instance, CVS often has diapers on sale for $10 each and when you buy $30 worth you get $10 Extra Bucks (a coupon that gets you $10 off your next CVS purchase). So I’ll purchase three packs of diapers and then use a $2 coupon on each of those 3 packages, maximizing my savings. That means that I can get each pack for $4.66 or for just under $0.13/diaper when using Size 3 as my price guide.
Obviously, some of you aren’t going to feel like shopping drug stores is feasible. If that’s the case, I’ve found that Amazon is the second best place to get diapers and wipes. They frequently run deals on diapers and wipes and although the prices aren’t quite as good, they still are very decent! Plus, you can get the items shipped right to your front door which is pretty convenient!
Use a site like CamelCamelCamel to watch Amazon prices and get alerts when the price drops to your buy price.
HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY ON DIAPERS AND WIPES? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR TIPS!
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