Parenting Hacks: Saving $$$ on Diapers and Wipes
When I was pregnant with my first child, I did not realize that the most expensive item wouldn’t be the car seat, the stroller, or even the crib. It was the cost of diapers, which was incredibly expensive next to formula. Thankfully, I got some really helpful advice from my mother which was to stock up on diapers before I was even close to my due date. But looking at the local Commissary or Post Exchange (the military version of Wal-Mart) the prices were outrageous high for a very low amount of diapers. A 92 count of Pampers diapers was $35.99 and a box of 112 count Huggies diapers was $34.00.
The other piece of advice I got was to abuse the Amazon “Subscribe & Save” system. Through this program I found a box of 216 Huggies diapers for $37.04. That is 104 diapers for only $3 extra. And the more subscription you have, the higher your percentage of savings. For example: we have a subscription for regular diapers, baby wipes, and nighttime diapers and receive 15% off. If I add two more subscriptions, it moves up to 20%. The additional subscriptions do not necessarily even have to be baby products. It can be your favorite beauty product, a cleaning product, or really anything. The point here is that the percentage discount applies to all the items in your Subscribe & Save roster. The nice thing about the subscription service is that you can select how often you’d like the shipments: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even bi-monthly.
Don’t forget that most diaper brands have their own type of Rewards System. With Huggies, there are stickers on each pack of diapers or wipes that contain a code that you redeem in their rewards system. And even more conveniently, most brands even have their own apps. Considering the amount of diapers and wipes a child goes through within its first year of life, there will be a lot of codes to redeem and the points will steadily increase.
If you are an expectant mother, my advice is to stock up on diapers while still pregnant. It will be one less thing to worry about and gives you more time to truly enjoy your new bundle of joy without having to worry about a trip to the store. I stocked up on 2-3 boxes of Size 1 diapers and then moved on to Size 2, and so on. We are now using Size 6 diapers and have saved about $300-$400 just through this program.
Those are all the hacks I have learned so far when it comes to diapers. How did you handle the diaper situation with your littles?