Diapering on the Cheap

A new dad watched his eight week old daughter for the first time while his wife attended a women’s conference. When she returned, six hours later, she was eager to learn how he fared in her absence.
“How did she take her bottles?” she asked.
“Just fine, no problem, she took one every two hours for a total of three,” replied the confident father.
“How many times did you change her diaper?” she queried.
“I never changed it” he responded.
“You never changed her diaper?” she asked incredulously, “Why not?”
“Well,” he reasoned, “the diaper package said that it was good up to ten pounds and we weren’t even near the ten pound point.”

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Diapers are a major expense in a family’s budget and yet there are ways to save money in this area that are fairly painless.
  • Manufacturer’s Website – If you sign into these sites to receive their promotional offers, you can also get coupons.  A few of the most popular websites for diaper manufacturers are:  www.huggies.com, www.pampers.com , and www.luvs.com .  For a variety of baby coupons go to www.momsview.com or www.freebabycoupons.com .
  • Toll Free Numbers – Call the diaper manufacturer’s toll free number, tell them how much you like their product, and ask them for coupon promotions.  For instance,  1-800-PAMPERS or 1-800- NO LEAKS (Luvs)
  • Internet Diaper Sites – There are some sites that will ship diapers at a discount.  It’s important to add postage and handling to the final cost and to check out the site with the Better Business Bureau found at www.bbb.com . Some of the sites, such as www.diapers.com allow you to enter a code to save even more. Or go to www.retailmenot.com to find codes for free shipping and deep discounts.
  • Ebay – You can find almost anything at ebay.  We found 180 medium diapers for $34.99 with free postage and handling and 140 newborn diapers for $18.50 + $5.00 P&H.   Be sure the diapers are in their original package and are unopened.  Also, be sure to factor in shipping (if any) and choose a seller who has high feedback ratings with a reasonable number of total reviews. 
  • Homemade Baby Wipes – We saved $400 per year by making our own wipes that were 100% natural and easy on baby and toddler skin.

1 Round plastic container with lid (about 6 inches tall and wide enough to accommodate 1/2 roll of paper towels)

1 Roll of heavy-duty paper towels (no cheap store brands)

4 Tablespoons baby oil

4 Tablespoons baby shampoo

4 Tablespoons baby bath

1 to 2 cups of water (depending on the absorbency of the towel)

     Cut a small X (about an inch long) in the plastic lid of the container. Cut the paper towels in half to make two short rolls of towels. Use one and save one. Put the first three ingredients in the bottom of the container and add one cup of water. Stir well. Place the paper towel, cut side up, in the water for a few minutes. Then turn it over, cut side down, to let the other side absorb the liquid. Let sit for five minutes. If the roll of paper towel still has dry portions on it, then keeping adding water, ½ cup at a time, at five minute intervals, until towels are completely damp (not dripping, just damp). After the center of the paper towel tube is wet, gently pull it out of the center of the towels. Pull the towels from the center, and thread through the X in the lid of the plastic container. Seal. Will keep fresh for up to one month.

 Happy Diapering!

Ellie Kay

America’s Family Financial Expert (R)
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