As a new parent, you'll go through a lot (about 7 to 10 a day, every day, for the first year!) of diapers for your baby. Thankfully, it's not difficult to find great deals on this newborn necessity. Here are some money-saving rules to follow.
Take advantage of cost-saving programs and rewards. Sign up for the Amazon Mom program and you'll receive a discount on diapers and wipes, as well as savings on first-time diaper orders for new members. Once you've paid to become a Prime Amazon Mom, two-day shipping is free as well. Huggies and Pampers offer rewards programs that can be used for savings on diapers. Diapers.com offers savings on your first order of a case of diapers, and CVS and Walgreens offer coupons and discounts when you sign up for their respective rewards programs.
Be brand-loyal. If you've found a brand you love, be sure to visit its website and sign up for any newsletters or e-mail promotions that could include coupons. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for additional discounts they may announce.
Be a smart(phone) shopper. Apps like Diaper Deals Mom, Grocery Smarts, and Coupon Sherpa help aggregate hundreds of coupons from tons of retailers right on to your smartphone so you never miss another diaper deal again. Savings.com's new app, Favado, allows you to add brands like Huggies and Luvs to your "favorite products" list so you'll find out which stores in your area are offering sales on them each week.
Consider cloth. Deciding between disposable and reusable diapers is a personal choice for each family, but if you do choose cloth, you could be looking at large potential savings, especially because you can keep them in good shape and sell them later--or keep them for your next baby!
Buy in bulk. Unless your baby is a newborn growing out of her diaper size every other week, buying diapers in packages with the largest count will almost always be the most cost-effective way to shop. Discount warehouses like Sam's Club, Costco, and BJ's are great places to start.