One of the big concerns I hear from expectant moms is diaper costs. I totally understand. A baby can go through a lot of diapers and it is a cost that can last up to 4 years or more per child if you take training pants into consideration.
With my first son, who was born in 2007, I was not at all savings savvy. However, I learned some great savings techniques while I was pregnant with my second son in 2009. I have never paid full price for a pack of diapers since.
Cutting your disposable diaper costs in half is really quite simple. You will find it takes a minimal amount of time and effort.
1. Wait for a Sale. Any given week you can find sale on diapers. I do not think I have ever seen a week when I couldn’t find diapers on sale somewhere. If you simply wait for a sale you can save a $1, $2 or more per pack.
2. Embrace the coupon. If you can hold out for a sale and if you also have a coupon then you can really see your savings start to add up. A Manufacturer Diaper coupon generally ranges anywhere from $1.00- $3.00 off per pack. Most coupons just require Jumbo Pack or larger. (Jumbo is the smallest size other than a travel/trial size) I usually find I can get the best bang for my buck with the Jumbo Pack (with coupons). Also, many stores release store coupons for a specific brand that CAN be combined with a manufacturer coupon for additional savings.
For example:If you have a Manufacturer coupon for $2/1 pack of Pampers and a Publix Store Coupon for $2/1 pack of Pampers, then you could combine those coupons to save $4 off your Pampers Pack at Publix)
You can read my Starter’s Guide to Using Coupon here
3. Do the Drugstore Rewards Programs. Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS all have Rewards Programs available which can mean BIG savings for consumers. Drugstore Sales run weekly (generally Sunday- Saturday). Check your circulars to see if they are offering any “Store Rewards” on diapers this week. These store rewards are all a bit different, but all will reward you with a certificate you can use to get money off a future purchase.
For Example:Let’s Say Walgreens has Huggies Jumbo Packs sale priced at $8.99
AND you get back $2 in Register Rewards to use on a future purchase.
So really you are getting that pack for $6.99
Now…Let’s say you also have a Huggies Manufacturer Coupon for $2.50/1…then really you would only be paying $4.49 for a Jumbo pack of diapers after your rewards and coupon. That is over a 50% savings!
4. Be an Amazon Mom. I have truly learned to love Amazon and Amazon Mom. Amazon Mom members receive exclusive discounts on a variety of products and categories. Benefits include: 30% off select diapers and wipes, and save 15% off (nearly) everything else. You can set up automatic delivery with Subscribe & Save to and also get free standard shipping (which you can cancel at any time.)
Amazon Mom members also qualify for three months of FREE Two-Day shipping with Amazon Prime. Also, for every $25 you spend in the Baby Store, you earn an extra month of free Prime shipping benefits for up to a year. It is free to join Amazon Mom. (You can find out all the details over on the Amazon site)
Once you are an Amazon Mom member, just wait for a great diaper sale and apply your Amazon Mom Savings. Sometimes Amazon even releases eCoupons or special promo codes you can use in addition to your Amazon Mom savings.
Also don’t forget to join Swag Bucks (free to join) and you can earn Free Amazon Gift Cards to make a good deal even better.
5. Take Advantage of the Diaper Rewards Programs. Both Pampers and Huggies have loyalty points rewards programs. You find the codes inside diaper and wipes packages and also online. Enter the points into your account online and redeem the points for prizes, gift cards, or even free diapers. Pampers Rewards program is called Pampers Gifts To Grow, and Huggies has a program called Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards
My goal is always to pay less then $.20 per diaper (Actually…I prefer around $.16-$.18) 99% of the time I am able to get my diapers at least 50% off the retail price…. when a pack of jumbo diapers retails for around $10 and a child can easily go through 4 jumbo packs or more per month….that can mean a $20 or more monthly savings or an extra $240 + savings every year with very little time or effort spent. You can read more about saving on diapering cost here
Hi I am Jessica from Jessica’s Coupons. I love to shop….so I had to learn to save…especially after becoming a SAHM (rather WAHM) in 2010. I have two beautiful little boys- ages 4 and 2…and one ornery old hound dog, Hank, who just turned 6.