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How to Save Money & Build a Diaper Stockpile (includes approximate diaper usage for 1st year!)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

If you’ve read my post about 7 Easy Ways to Save on Diapers and Wipes, you know that one of the big ways that I save is by stockpiling.  In fact, I take diaper stockpiling so seriously that by the time our daughter was born 2 years ago, I had already stockpiled 42 packages of diapers and around 30 packages of wipes, all bought at rock bottom prices.

Stockpiling has helped us save significantly because it meant that I never had to pay full price for either diapers or wipes.  Since I planned ahead and started buying diapers while I was still pregnant, I could wait and purchase diaper/wipes when they were at their lowest prices and add them to my stockpile.  As a result, I had a nice sized stockpile by the time our daughter arrived and then was able to continue to purchase diapers and wipes only when they were at rock bottom prices.  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!

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 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 I was purchasing diapers for my stockpile and, although we ended up using different amounts, it gave me a bit of a guideline to go by.

I kept 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 help give you a bit of an idea of how many of each size to stock up on.

(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.)

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)

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A couple of tips for diaper and wipe stockpiling:

1.  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 Snug & Dry diapers, be sure to use them first as your baby will grow out of them more quickly.

2.  WATCH PACKAGE SIZE
You’ll find that the Huggies Little Snugglers and the Pampers Swaddlers diaper packs have less diapers per pack than the Huggies Snug & Dry or the Pampers Baby Dry of the same size.  Some stores don’t carry the Snug & Dry and Baby Dry diapers in size 1 & 2, but if they do, I try to purchase them 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!

3.  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.

4.  KNOW WHERE TO GET THE BEST 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.

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!  FortheMommas.com does a weekly Diaper Deal Round-up post and this is a great way to find out what deals Amazon is currently running.

How do you save on diapers and wipes?  Do you find buying ahead helpful?

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$25 Diaper Credit for New Amazon Mom Subscribers

Monday, November 4th, 2013

If you haven’t signed up for Amazon Mom yet, here is a great deal!  When you sign up for a free 3 month trial of Amazon Mom you’ll receive a $25 credit for a box of diapers.  Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for Amazon Mom by November 10, 2013, 11:59 PM.
  • On November 18, new Amazon Mom subscribers will receive an email confirmation letting them know that their $25 credit is available.
  • Use the $25 credit to purchase a box of qualifying diapers using the Subscribe & Save option.  Credit must be used by December 18, 2013.
  • Your $25 credit will automatically be applied at checkout.

As a member of Amazon Mom you’ll also be able to take advantage of free 2-day shipping as well as 20% off diapers, wipes and Subscribe & Save items.

If you don’t want to continue your membership for $79/year, be sure to cancel your Amazon Mom subscription before the 3 months are up.

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Amazon: $30 Off Diapers = Hot Diaper Deals!

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

There is an Amazon Mom Diaper Event that you don’t want to miss. This promotion is going on through August 29, 2013 and gives new Amazon Mom members $25 off a box of eligible diapers. There was also a $5/$25 Amazon Facebook promotion that some of you may have snagged (even if you didn’t, it’s still a good deal!) that is available through 8/22/13.  With these two offers you can score $30 off a diaper purchase! And that means you can score diapers for an incredible price!

Here is how you can score diapers for this super low price.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Sign up for your free Amazon Mom trial.

2. Head to the eligible diaper list. Here are a few deals available from this list.

3.  Clip any available coupons lower on the page. (see below for example)

4.  Click Subscribe Now and enter the code BABYTIME to get the $25 discount.

(PLEASE NOTE: With the Subscribe & Save option, unless you cancel the subscription, you will continue to get that order regularly.  So if you only want to get an item one time, AFTER the order arrives, simply go to “My Account” then “Subscriptions” to cancel your Subscribe & Save subscription.  It works best for me to do this as soon as the order arrives that way I don’t forget!)

5.  If you claimed the $5 off $25 Amazon coupon when it was available make sure that it is being applied to your order.  (I think mine didn’t show up until I was at the checkout and needing to enter my payment option.)  Even if you don’t have this coupon you are still getting a great deal!

6.  Make sure that any coupons clipped are being applied to your order.

5. Complete your order and enjoy receiving very cheap diapers at your doorstep!

Thanks Coupon Cutting Mom!

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Lots of Printable Coupons + Some Store Deals

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Using coupons is one of the big ways that I save on groceries. And no, I don’t buy a lot of junk food or processed things. (See my post on finding coupons for organic items if you aren’t convinced.  Or check out my Weekly Spending Summaries.)

Below you’ll find a couple of store deals and then also a bigger list of coupons as well.  Please note the sale dates as some of them are for next week!

$0.50 off ONE Chex Mix 4.5 oz. or larger
CVS:
2 Chex Mix $2.00 each (this deal runs 6/9-6/15)
use two $0.50 off ONE Chex Mix 4.5 oz. or larger
Pay: $3.00
Get Back: $2 Extra Bucks coupon
Final Cost: $1.00 or $0.50 each!

$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
Pampers $9.99 (this deal runs 6/9-6/15)
use $1.50 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
or $2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers
or $1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
Pay: as low as $7.99
Get Back: $3.00 Extra Bucks coupon
Final Cost: as low as $4.99!

$1.10 off 1 Crest ProHealth Rinse 458mL or larger

RITE AID:
Crest Pro-Health Rinse $3.49 (this deal runs 6/9-6/15)
use $1.10 off 1 Crest ProHealth Rinse 458mL or larger
Pay: $2.39
Get Back: $2.00 UPReward coupon
Final Cost: $0.39

$0.50 off ONE Crest Toothpaste or liquid gel

Crest Pro-Health Toothpast $3.49 (this deal runs 6/9-6/15)
use $0.50 off ONE Crest Toothpaste or liquid gel
Pay: $2.99
Get Back: $2.00 UPReward coupon
Final Cost: $0.99

$1.50 off one HUGGIES LITTLE SWIMMERS Swimpants

2 Huggies Little Swimmers $7.50 each (this deal runs 6/9-6/15)
use two $1.50 off one HUGGIES LITTLE SWIMMERS Swimpants
Pay: $12.00
Get Back: $5.00 UPReward coupon
Final Cost: $7.00 or $3.50 each

$1.00 off one Land O Lakes Half and Half

WALMART: (prices may vary per location)
Land O Lakes Half & Half 64 oz. $4.48
use $1.00 off one Land O Lakes Half and Half
Pay: $3.48

$2.00 off one BIC FlameDisk

Bic Flame Disk $1.98
use $2.00 off one BIC FlameDisk
Pay: FREE!

$1.00 off any Raid product

Raid Fly Ribbon $1.12
use $1.00 off any Raid product
Pay: $0.12

$1.50 off TOMBSTONE Garlic Dipping Bites pizza

Tombstone Garlic Dipping Bites Pizza $4.98
use $1.50 off TOMBSTONE Garlic Dipping Bites pizza
Pay: $3.48

$0.80 off FOUR BOXES any flavor Hamburger Helper

DOLLAR TREE
Hamburger Helper $1.00
use $0.80 off FOUR BOXES any flavor Hamburger Helper
Pay: $0.80

Thanks to For the Mommas for the coupon match-ups!

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gDiapers cloth diapers for $12.99 and up at Zulily.com

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Been thinking of switching to cloth diapers or just needing some more for your stash?  Zulily.com has a sale right now on gDiapers cloth diapers.

I don’t cloth diapers (read why here) but I have to admit that the gDiapers are cute enough they really tempt me to try it!  One of my friends uses them and loves them so while I can’t personally vouch for them, I can tell you that she is a huge fan.

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