7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Diapers & Wipes

No two ways around it, diapers and wipes just get to be plain expensive.  It’s galling to have to spend so much money on something that just get thrown out in the end.  Yes, I know there are cloth diapers and 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.  :)

1.  Use Coupons
Hands down, this is the way that I save the most money on diapers and wipes.  There are almost always coupons available for at least $1.00 off Huggies, Pampers and often Luvs too.   Combine that 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.

Here are a few of the current diaper/wipes coupons available.

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.

5.  Stockpile
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 1/2 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 week Huggies.  And sometimes it’s 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.

And remember, 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 and Diapers.com are great options to purchase boxes of diapers and wipes at decent prices.  Amazon even has a program called Amazon Momthat 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. ’13.  They are obviously going to change frequently and are 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.

Do you do any of these things?  How else do you save on diapers and wipes?  I’d love to learn from you!

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  1. by Jen

    On January 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Buy in bulk and combine store and manufacturers coupons. We go to BJ’s and get a box using $5 or $6 off coupons from BJ’s (they differ monthly) combined with a manufacturers coupon for $2 or $3 off. For awhile these boxes were coming with $3 off coupons right in them!

  2. by Erin

    On January 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    My husband and I are big on practical gifts, so we usually score diapers for birthday and holiday gifts. Also, when #3 was born in November, our top request was diapers. Other than that, we use Luvs, which have worked just as well as Pampers or Huggies diaper-wise and are always a few bucks cheaper, and we always go with store brand/generic wipes. Coupons always are awesome!

  3. by Danielle

    On January 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I am an Amazon Mom. I love it. I have diapers and wipes on subscription. They just come in the mail. I never have to worry about ordering them or going to pick them up. 20% off and free shipping.

  4. by Susie

    On January 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    i was so glad when we were done with diapers!!

  5. by Jessica

    On January 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I haven’t used a brand name diaper or wipes for my 18-month old since he was about a month old. My secret?– Target brand diapers(the cheapest you can get and I like them better than Huggies or Pampers) and Sam’s Club wipes(thick and also a great price. And I usually stockpile both when they’re on sale so I spend even less– and 5% extra off with a Target Redcard!

  6. by L.S.

    On January 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve been doing really well at CVS lately. Around 1-2 times a month or more they have a sale on Pampers or Huggies diapers (either Jumbo Bags or Super Pack Box) and they usually also run a promo with P&G or a standard store promo. In this promo if you buy certain items (which can be all diapers OR diapers and other items in the promo) equaling $30 worth you get $10 Extra Care Bucks to go back and use at a later date. Those Extra Care Bucks are generally good for about 3 weeks or so and by then there’s a new sale and usually the $30 promo has returned and you can do it all over again. Add this in with a Manufacturer coupon and you’ve got decent savings (equal to or better than a wholesale club store like BJs). This is espcially good for those of us that aren’t close to a wholesale club and need to shop locally to save on gas.

  7. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Jen- yes, good point about combining store and manufacturer coupons!

    Erin- Love the practical gifts. :) And yeah, I’m not funny about wipe brand usually either. Although recently I tried 7th Generation wipes and I have to say that I really disliked them and probably wouldn’t buy them again. They were just stiff and so hard to use! But now I know!

    Danielle- Yes, Amazon Mom is great. I had a free trial subscription earlier and loved it. Sometimes the headache of just having to worry about things is worth a lot, isn’t it?

    Susie- I bet! Looks like it’ll be a while here. :(

    L.S- Way to rock the CVS deals! I’ve been doing those deals too and they’ve helped out immensely.

  8. by Monica

    On January 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Here’s what I like about the CVS deals…my little guy has to have a decent overnight diaper, and they are usually not as readily on sale and coupons for them are a little rare. So I can take the extra bucks I earn on the other diaper deals and use them towards the (usually) Huggies Overnights. I also look for coupons that are good for ANY diaper in a specific brand to use towards overnight diapers. Thanks for such a practical post! I’ve been doing great going back and forth between CVS and Walgreens for a while now. Funny how you can often get the name brand diapers there cheaper than the generic store brand.

  9. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Monica- Yes, I know some kiddos seem to need that extra protection at night. So far we’ve done okay with both of ours by just moving them to a bigger size at night when that seems to be a problem. Love how you look for the coupons that can be used on any diaper so that you can get good deals on the Overnights. And yes, I love getting brand name diapers for less than I can generic brands. Always makes me feel so thrifty! :)

  10. by Michelle

    On January 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Hi. I have a curious question, Lydia. I realize that this depends on diaper size (like you mentioned), but what’s the average you pay per diaper?? I’d love to make use of coupons, but they still seem to have the “per diaper cost” around 18 cents or so a diaper. I can usually get the Babies R Us brand for 11-13 cents (depending on size–currently sizes 2 (4 months) and 5 (23 months)) when they’re on sale. But I don’t get in that area often, so I’d love to make use of other sales/coupons (when I run out), but can hardly bring myself to pay the 18 cents a diaper when I know that I can get them there for so much less. Am I missing something to get “cheap” diapers in other brands?

    Thanks.

  11. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Michelle- that is a good question. I’ve been wanting to do a follow-up post on the diaper thing but just have not had the time.

    Anyway, let me see if I can explain how I usually figure my diaper prices. I typically try to pay no more than $0.13-$0.14/diaper. I figure my cost per diaper by using size 3 diapers since as you said diapers vary a lot in cost per diaper varying on the size and brand. For me I just stick with figuring the cost per diaper using size 3 because when diapers are on sale they are the same price no matter the size of diaper and most brands have pretty much the same amount of diapers per package, per size. One exception would be the Pampers Swaddlers and Huggies Little Movers/Snugglers. Those both go up to size 3 though, so again, it works for me to figure the price per diaper using Size 3 since they are included. Am I making any sense?

    So when diapers are on sale, if I want to figure if it’s a deal worth going for 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.

    As for using coupons to get diapers, the place I get the best deals are at drug stores. 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. When I can combine a sale and one of those reward deals with a coupon I can often get really good prices. 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). If I can use a $2 coupon on each of those 3 packages of diapers I can get each pack for $4.66 or for just under $0.13/diaper when using Size 3.

    I’m curious how you get the Babies R Us brand for that price. Do you buy the big boxes? I’ve never tried their brand and wasn’t aware that their prices were that great.

    Hope that helps and if something doesn’t make sense please feel free to let me know! :)

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