Building a Cloth Diaper Stash on the Cheap

Building a cloth diaper stash on the cheapIf you were to ask my husband if we save money using cloth diapers, he might have his doubts. I have a large stash; more diapers than one single toddler could need. I have a bit of a problem, but let’s not talk about that now.

I have mentioned before that I used disposables for the first 6 months. I used “eco-friendlier” diapers and paid a little more for them. I joined the Amazon Mom program then when they had really great deals and saved 30% on them. I just went through my old Amazon orders and for the first 6 months I paid $252.88 in diapers and wipes. This is with a great discount that is no longer offered and does not count the packs bought at my local Babies R Us or Target. It also doesn’t take into consideration the silly bag systems for the fancy-shmancy diaper pail system that we had.

How much have I spent on cloth diapers in the past 11 months? Probably about $400, but this includes diapers that I didn’t like so much and have sold. I have made back almost $200 on selling our used diapers. Try doing that with used Huggies!


Keep in mind that if you went to your local store and bought a case of diapers, the amount that I spent for 6 months would be more like a 4 month supply.

I must admit that the amount spent above doesn’t actually give a fair picture of the size of my stash. How did I acquire this many diapers with so little money?

  • Shop around for sales and use coupons. The sites that I frequent have coupon codes listed right on their sites. Like the Facebook pages of cloth diaper stores for additional coupons and specials
  • Buy seconds! What are seconds? They are brand new diapers with a slight flaw so the manufacturer can’t sell them at full price. I have only done this twice, but I still can’t find the flaw in the two diaper seconds that I bought. They were both supposedly for uneven stitching
  • Sign up for daily deal sites like Baby Half Off, BabySteals, and Eco Baby Buys. Sites like Zulily (aff. link) also have diapers from time to time.
  • Enter giveaways! I cannot stress this one enough. For the first few months I never won anything and then suddenly I started winning like crazy! I have literally won a stash worth of diapers in giveaways since November. So yes, they DO pay off! Pro tip: follow the #clothdiapers hashtag on Twitter to find some great giveaways.
  • Buy used. I bought a lot of used goodmamas for cheap and as mentioned above, I have sold a lot.

Here are even more ideas for saving money on a cloth diapers. So get to building that stash!


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Regan is a New England native now living in Colorado with her husband and two sons. She is committed to living greener and is an advocate of cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, and intuitive parenting. She loves to read, cook, bake, write, and explore her new mountain home.

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  1. says

    We did the math recently and were blown away by how much we’ve saved doing cloth! We have a really small stash but luckily we are also using a potty, which helps.

    I win a LOT of giveaways, but rarely win diapers. I think I’ve won maybe ONE diaper actually, after entering literally hundreds. They are just so popular and get so many entries than other giveaways. Pretty crazy considering how cheap the diapers are — I’ve won other prizes valued at over $100 with less entries than for one or two diapers. It’s a culture!

  2. Amy says

    I like the idea of using receiving blankets as flats. I went out and bought high end diapers for my first and now that I’m on the second I’ve been making diapers myself from old t-shirts as well as using blankets that we have oh so many of. I thought it cost a lot up front for all the diapers. I wish I would have know that you can use things you already have in your home. Regardless of how much you spend up front it’s still a lot of savings to cloth diaper.

  3. Jennifer Johansen says

    It’s hard for me to understand how much money my husband is willing to waste on disposables! I far prefer cloth, but he has a tendency to fall back on what’s “easier.” My mother, too (who’s a frequent babysitter). Now I wish I’d thought to keep track of how much we’ve spent on diapers for a cost comparison!

  4. says

    i think the hubby needs to see this one lol we are building our stash and he insists we have enough but he doesnt realize our LO will not fit into 1/2 of our stash till shes about 4 mo old.
    we have only spent just under $200 and we have 3xs charlie bananas 2 on charlie bananas 4 os blissfull bootys 4 bitty bee little bee company nb and 12 medium perfect fit fuzzibunz i plan on just ordering 2 doezen prefolds and about 4 covers and then we should be set till she gets older. i think ill have to hide them this time though hubby thinks im going over board lol

    • Regan says

      If I were to have another I would definitely go the prefold and cover route. Two dozen should be okay if you wash every other day along with the XS diapers to supplement. Once your hubby sees how many diapers newborns go through he will probably change his tune :)

  5. Melissa J says

    We started with prefolds and covers but we don’t like it. I bought 12 Sunbaby pockets and both hubby and I much prefer those. Actually, I love those! So I bought 12 more. I have twins and my mom helps me a lot. She prefers disposables. So far, if every diaper change is a pocket diaper, I can go 1.5 days before I have to do laundry. I really want to buy more Sunbabies but I know that as baby grows, the effectiveness of favorite brands can change. I’m trying to leave room in our budget to try other brands. I just bought 4 BG seconds for $53 which is a few dollars less than 12 Sunbaby pockets without inserts. Comparing prices can hurt like that sometimes! I’m hoping to start winning diaper giveaways soon!

  6. Lara Clinton says

    The giveaways really are great! I won a few right as soon as I started entering them and have since hit a lull lol. If you keep trying, you will get something!

  7. Shilo Wheatley says

    My fiance is having doubts right now about cloth being cheaper than disposables, and yes I admit it does cost to start a stash but it definitely saves! I love that you can sell them when no longer needed or trade with other mamas! I’ve been entering a ton of giveaways hoping to win so I can get my stash ready for my new lil one!

  8. Janna Law says

    I started a cloth diaper piggy bank, half of my change goes in to my older sons piggy bank and the other half in to a cloth diaper bank. I have also started entering giveaways to keep me from window shopping and eventually buying everything lol!

    • Regan says

      Giveaways are a great way to see what you like and what you don’t so you aren’t wasting money. I wish I would have found out about giveaways sooner in the beginning.

  9. jennmarie says

    Thank you for all the tips! I appreciate the specific websites. I’m preparing to CD with our first (due in time for Christmas) and I’m entering all the giveaways I can find; the rest of these will help a lot.


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