Did you know that in your baby’s first year you will change on average over 3,000 diapers! That is a lot of dirty diapers! Not to mention a lot of money that is being spent as well. This is one of the reasons people choose to use cloth diapers but I personally don’t have the time or patience to deal with cloth diapers. If you do then more power to you but that is just not what works in my house. During my daughter’s first year, I have gotten pretty good at finding some great diaper deals and I would like to share my tips on how to save money on diapers.
An oldie but goodie. Coupons can really help save money especially when paired with a sale. They are usually around $2-$3 off each pack. You can find coupons in the newspaper, coupons.com, or your favorite brand’s website. A few are:
- Pick Up the Values– high value Huggies diaper and wipes coupons
- Luvs Diapers
If you can’t find coupons for your favorite brand, you can call or email the company and see if they can tell you where to find some. They might even send you some in the mail!
My favorite stores to shop for diapers are Target and CVS. They usually have the best sales!
TARGET: When you sign up for a Target Baby Registry, you will usually receive Target baby store coupon booklets every few months and there are some great diaper coupons in there. You can also check out the Target website for more Target store coupons and sign up for their mobile coupons you will receive through text. To sign up for the Target baby mobile coupons text BABY4 to 827438. Also make sure to download the Target Cartwheel app to your smartphone. You can get this through iTunes or Google Play and it is absolutely free. They offer a percentage off of select items and they change routinely. They even have a Baby section for money off diapers, wipes, baby food, and much more. Plus, if you use your Target Redcard to pay then you will save an extra 5% off your purchase. You can sign up to get one of these at the register or customer service.
At Target you can use a manufacturer coupon, Target store coupon, mobile coupon, and a Target Cartwheel offer all on one item! So you can really stack your savings. Not to mention they will have Target Gift card offers on diaper purchases as well. Just the other week they offered a $10 Target gift card when you purchased two boxes of select diapers. When you combine the coupons and gift card offers you can really get some great deals on diapers. You just have to check the weekly ad every week to see what they are offering.
CVS: I love shopping at CVS for diapers because I usually have some ECBs that I can always roll over. They will also offer an ECB deal on brand name diapers too. They usually have spend $30 on select diapers and get $5 ECBs back to use on your next purchase. Make sure you sign up for the CVS emails to get money saving coupons too. I usually get $5 off a $15 purchase coupon every week and I just send it to my card to use on my next visit. Keep in mind that you can use a manufacturer coupon, a CVS store coupon, and a money off total purchase coupon all together. Use all of these in addition to the ECB deals and the ECBs you might already have from previous visits and you can get super cheap or even free diapers! One time I bought 4 packs of Huggies diapers and only paid $1.07 out of pocket. Can’t beat that!
If you don’t want to keep up with weekly sales and coupons, Amazon Mom might be the best option for you. It’s not just for Moms. Dads and other caregivers can use it too. Amazon Mom is a subscription service that costs $99 per year but you can try it out for free for 30 days to see if it is for you. With Amazon Mom you get:
- 20% off diaper subscriptions ( you can cancel at anytime)
- Free 2-day shipping
- Unlimited Music and Video Streaming
- 15% baby registry discount
- Member exclusive coupons
You can “clip” coupons to use in conjunction with your 20% discount on diapers. Plus get the free shipping so you don’t even have to leave the house. They offer great prices not only on diapers but wipes and all kinds of baby products. Amazon does offer some of the cheapest diaper prices online so this might be the easiest way to save on diapers and wipes for your family.
If you buy Pampers or Huggies diapers or wipes,make sure you sign up for their reward programs:
Pampers Gifts To Grow (you’ll receive 100 points when you sign up)
Each package of diapers and wipes comes with a code inside. Just enter the codes on the website to earn points. You can redeem the points for free diapers, magazines, photo gifts, gift cards, and much more. Tjis is a very easy way to get free stuff for things you buy anyway. If you have friends with babies that aren’t using their codes, ask if they will give them to you. You will have your rewards in no time.
You know I love entering blog giveaways. I have actually won free diapers before. I’ve won actual packages sent to my home and coupons for free packs of diapers. They are usually sponsored by Huggies, Pampers, or Luvs. If you want to enter just Google “diaper giveaways”, “Huggies giveaways”, etc. They aren’t offered all the time and you are not guaranteed to win but it is always worth a try. It never takes me more then a minute to enter each one but be sure to read the directions and do the required entries.
By watching sales and coupons, I’ve learned what a good stock up price is. If you do it by cost per diaper, it will vary by sizes because you get more Newborn diapers per pack then you will a size 3. I go by cost per pack. If I can get a pack of diapers for under $3.50 that is a stock up price for me. If it is a box of diapers I try to shoot for under $13. This will vary by region and what stores you have available but this is what I strive for.
If you stock up on too much of one size and your baby out grows them, most stores will let you exchange for another size even without a receipt. I had to do this a couple of times. My tip is to not buy a whole lot of newborn sizes. My baby has stayed in size 3 the longest. Just keep an eye on how fast your baby is growing and use your best guess on what size to stock up on.
I personally don’t care what brand of diapers my baby wears. We have tried all kinds to see what works best and to make sure she didn’t have a reaction to any of them. I found that in her first 6 months, we had to use brand names a lot or they would leak, especially at night. Then we saw that we could use a cheaper brand like Luvs or store brand diapers during the day but we had to use a higher quality diaper like Huggies at night. This has helped us save because we are using more of the less expensive diapers overall. This will depend on your baby and what you feel comfortable using.
These are my best tips for how to save money on diapers. I hope they help you and your family. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below. If you are currently expecting, do NOT forget to register for diapers from size Newborn-a size 3. You will be so glad you did!
Paul Moyer says
In a pinch Family Dollar and Dollar General always have Huggies for sale at $8.50 a jumbo pack. Couple that with the usual $2 off printable coupon and you get $6.50 a pack. This has gotten me through mid week when there wasn’t a good sale on.
Thanks for the tip! I wish I had those stores closer to me. I knew you would be an expert on the diaper topic :).