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.
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!
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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