Three Ways to Save on Diapers

Welcome to our very first Thrifty Thursday blog hop! We’d love to have you link up your thrifty-themed posts. 

Most moms agree: diapers are the most expensive part of clothing a baby.

I have three children and figure I’ve changed 12,000 diapers. At the very least.

That is a lot of diapers!

Regularly priced diapers range from 20 to 35 cents each. Going with $0.25 x 12,000? That’s $3,000 this mama doesn’t have. Maybe you don’t either.

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Three Ways to Save on Diapers

1. Use cloth diapers

My mom used them, my grandmas used them. Cloth has been used for centuries. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, cloth diapers can save hundreds of dollars.

They can be a steep upfront investment, but Little Natural Cottage’s has 5 ideas for keeping the cost minimal. Want to make your own? Penniless Parenting shows how to make your own cloth diapers… from an old t-shirt! 

Of course, you have the expense of water and detergent, but that will be far less than $3,000! If you are willing to undergo the extra work (and the nastiness factor) cloth diapers are a wonderful way to save money diapering your baby.

2. Buy disposable diapers on sale, in bulk

My husband has agreed to most of my money-saving, natural-living ideas, but put his foot down on this one. No cloth diapers allowed in our home.

That doesn’t mean we can’t save though!

Diapers go on sale frequently. Especially if you are not brand loyal (Target and Walgreens diapers work well!) you can often find them marked 50% off or more. I have a target price of 10 cents for small diapers and 12 cents for larger sizes.

Follow saving sites (Money Saving Mom is my very favorite) to stay updated with diaper deals. Drugstores and online sites like Amazon frequently run sales. Oh, and I just learned that Amazon Mom is open again! Join up to save up to 20% on diaper deals! Hurray!

Set aside a bit of money each week to stock up if there’s an exceptional sale. (Just please be polite of other moms who also need a good deal!)

If you don’t have time to run down a sale, find the cheapest brand that works for your child and buy them in bulk.

3. Potty train early! 

Did you know that in many cultures, mothers potty train their infants? Or rather, mothers train themselves to take their child to the bathroom from infancy.

If it can be done in other countries, surely it can be done here too. Shalom Brand shares how she trained her little daughter. 

I lacked the discipline (or desire) to potty train my infants, but started potty training earlier than average. Every month sooner, is one month sooner that you can stop buying diapers!

(In celebration of paying off our student loans, Feminine Adventures is offering a fourth way to save on diapers: win them! Enter for your chance to win a box of diapers.)

What about you? What methods do you use to save on diapering? 


Join Jenn (from The Purposeful Mom) and me for our very first Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop!

We invite you to share your frugal and thrifty ideas! Posts about living frugally, thrifty tips and tricks, money-saving DIY projects, frugal recipes, and encouraging posts on financial stewardship are all welcome. Link up to either of our blogs–your post will be displayed in both places.

Jenn and I will each be sharing frugal tips of our own, so be sure to check out both of our blogs each Thursday for lots of money-saving ideas.

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  1. says

    what a great idea for a blog hop! I am definitely looking forward to this one! always looking for more ways to be thrifty!

    LOVE your post on diapers. We use cloth, and I have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is! The few times I’ve had to switch to disposables (because my son had an infection and had to medicate his bum) I was annoyed because cloth is so much more convenient for me at this point.

    great post! looking forward to this every week now!!!

    • anna says

      Thanks so much for being the very first person to join our blog hop! 🙂

      I loved your post. Our sixth anniversary is this summer and will come right in the middle of a move (possibly across the country) If I want to make it special, I need to start planning early!

  2. says

    Wonderful post!

    I used cloth diapers for 5 yrs and loved it. It saved us SO much money!

    I gave it up about a yr ago, due to a slightly hectic season of life (new baby, health issues, moving, etc).

    I’m very pleased with our current diaper “routine”… I order diapers once-a-month from Amazon. With free shipping and Subscribe and Save, I only pay 14-cents per diaper!

    • anna says

      Don’t you LOVE Amazon? It’s saved so much headache…and last minute trips to grab diapers at midnight. 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up!

  3. Sara B says

    If I may ask, why wouldn’t the diapering choice be yours? (assuming that you do the majority of diaper changes as well as the laundry) My husband would never choose to use them on his own, but he likes that my choice saves us so much money. We use disposables for nighttime, so we have them available if he wants to use them.

    • anna says

      I think it was a combination of smell and bad memories that made my husband ask me to *please* not use them. (Plus, our washing machine is old and in the kitchen, which ups the “ick factor”, in my opinion.)

      My husband rarely ever voices a strong opinion on anything homemaking-related (accept to thank me for managing the household!) but since he really, really didn’t want me to use cloth, I deferred to him out of respect.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the thoughtful comment. I certainly didn’t mean to paint my husband as over-bearing…especially since he’s one of the kindest men I know!


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