The Not-So-Extreme Guide to Stockpiling Diapers
The goal of stockpiling diapers is to have a decent amount saved up so you aren’t forced to spend full price. Your stockpile will relieve some of the pressure and it can be kinda fun to search for steals and deals. Here is a not-so-extreme guide to creating your own stockpile.
The first step is to establish a price per unit. How much per diaper are you willing to spend? Make sure YOU are comfortable with this price. I am NOT an extreme couponer. There are people out there in the internet world who can teach you how to get diapers (among other things) at dirt cheap prices. Unfortunately, I am not that person. This is why I recommend you set your own price, one that you alone are comfortable with.
I typically tried to stay under 18 cents/diaper. Newborn diapers can be a bit more expensive and you may notice a jump in bigger sizes like 3s and 4s. For wipes, I tried to spend less than one cent/unit. Hint: You go through a lot of wipes so don’t be afraid to
Don’t open the boxes until you are ready to use them. Many stores will accept returns and exchanges even without a receipt, but be aware some may have a limit and require your driver’s license.
Here are a few store policies on returns and exchanges:
Look for sales, coupons, and clearance
Keep an eye out for great deals and sales. Check websites and scan the baby section every chance you get, because you never know what kind of deals you’ll stumble across.
When you use manufacturer coupons, try to purchase the smallest package for the biggest discount, unless something is on sale. Be sure to calculate the price per unit to find the best deal.
Total Price/Total Price = Price Per Unit
Have a Diaper Party
Convince your husband to have a Diaper Party. Buy some beer, order some pizza, and invite friends!
Feel more comfortable if your family and friends are getting something out of the deal? Purchase a prize of your choosing (like a gift card), create some cute raffle tickets (tons of adorable and free templates on Pinterest), and spread the word! You can do this at your shower, at the Diaper Party, at a gender reveal party, or even without hosting an event! People will be willing to help and the chance of them winning a prize makes it that much easier to participate.
Don’t forget to use the internet to your advantage. Participate in reward programs to receive coupons and free items. Most programs are free and typically have an app to make life just a little easier.
Cloth diapers can be a great money-saving option. I do not have any personal experience with this but I have some friends who were successful going this route.
Every Baby is different because every baby grows differently. I have included the size weight recommendations and the estimated age. For reference, I recorded Ben’s time spent in each size (keep in mind he was in the 90th percentile between seven and twelve months).
Newborn – up to 10lbs – Birth to one month (Ben: birth-1 month)
- Size 1 – 8-14lbs – One month to four months (Ben: 1-3 months)
- Size 2 – 12-18lbs – Four months to seven months (Ben: 3-6 months)
- Size 3 – 16-28lbs – Seven months to twelve months (Ben: 6-10 months)
- Size 4 – 22-37lbs – Twelve months and up (Ben: 10 months & up)
- Size 5 – 27 lbs & up – Twelve months and up
According to whattoexpect.com your baby will go through 2,500 diapers in the first year. In the first few weeks, you can expect to change 10 diapers per day. That’s about $600 the first year for just diapers!
I hope this post helps you save money. Every little bit counts! What steps are you taking to save money?