3 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Diapers Again

diapersThe price of diapers -- coupled with the insane amount a child goes through -- can lead to serious spending. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, it will run you about $2,500 to keep your kid diapered until she -- joyfully -- becomes potty trained.

Until then, there are some easy ways to help the diaper debt situation.

1. Sign up for sale and deal alerts from your favorite brands and retailers -- and follow them on social media, too. Don’t want to jam up your inbox? Set up a special email account for all your sale mail. And, if you have a favorite diaper brand, join the company’s awards program, like Pampers Gifts to Grow or Huggies Enjoy the Ride, to get points, rewards, and exclusive deals.

2. Check out Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, where open-box diaper packages (wipes, too!) can be found on deep discount. Hint: if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get free two-day delivery, as well. Bonus hint: become an Amazon Mom member for 20 percent off diapers and wipes.

3. Use generic or store brand diapers for day, brand names for night. Some parents see no difference between a generic diaper (which is almost always cheaper) and a name brand diaper, while others don’t think it’s worth the savings to have to deal with leakage. But, for older children who go through fewer diapers, or babies in child care during the day, try using the less expensive diapers before bedtime. If you try this switch and always, always use coupons (find them in newspapers, mailers, and online), it’s a small change that could lead to a bigger wallet.

Do you have any tips for saving money on diapers?

Image via Inga Munsinger Cotton/Flickr

This post was written by Lesley Kennedy, the senior managing editor at coupon and money-saving site ShopAtHome.com.

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manda... mandaschelle

Buy in bulk. It is almost always cheaper per diaper.

nonmember avatar Cat k

Use cloth diapers. For an outlay of two hundred dollars you can cloth diaper all of you children.

Jen Roberts

Buy store brand all the time. The way I see it a diaper is a diaper and it will be thrown away in 3-4 hours. Unless they really do suck (I hate dollar store diapers because they bulk up after just an hour) buy store brand. 

nonmember avatar sara

2500 a year?! how is that even possible.. My 2 yr old probably runs us 600/yr.. that's not including wipes, but still! Every 2 weeks we buy a 25 dollar box of pampers. We use coupons when we have them but there always only for a dollar or 2.

nonmember avatar sara

*they're (i hate that) ... oh, and we really liked luvs, which are cheaper.. but now shes in pull ups, which they dont make. Huggies and store brands give her a rash.. otherwise i'd have no problem getting them instead.

Sirena Robinson

White Cloud. You can get them at Wal-Mart. For the first 10 months of my daughter's life, we used Huggies Naturals. $40 for 80 diapers. Everything else broke her out. Then, I saw White Cloud. I bought a small package to try, and they're better than Huggies! No smell, they feel cottony and they hold more. Bonus: They're cheaper than Wal-Mart brand! $16 for 96 diapers in size 3.

Bhabygie D Caraway

I start stockpiling diaper "huggies" for my 2nd on the way because it is a lot cheaper and use coupons the top of it and buying it at pharmacy Walgreens & CVS which i can almost get it $5 or less per pack.

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

For an initial investment of just a few hundred dollars, you can cloth diaper-they make all in one, one piece (read: EXACTLY like a disposable diaper) diapers that fit babies from 5-8 pounds all the way up to 35 pounds (in just ONE one-size diaper), and you can diaper your current child and any future children.  Just add wipes!  We're planning to cloth diaper at home and use disposables for travel, but even that will save us a ton of money!

Marie-Eve Poisson

Cloth diapers is not for every bum, so buying disposable diapers at the Salvation Army or discount store when the package is damaged. I bought 6 months supplies for less than $100 and my boy who is 2, is doing well being potty trained.

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