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If 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 probably needs. I guess you could say that I have a bit of a problem, but we don’t have to talk about that now.
I have mentioned before that I used disposables for the first 6 months. I joined the Amazon Mom program then when they had really great deals and I saved 30% on “eco-friendlier” diapers. For the first six months alone I paid $252.88 on diapers and wipes.
How much have I spent on cloth diapers in the past 11 months? After trying some and selling what I didn’t like I have spent a little more than $200 and they will last me until my child potty trains. When we’re done with our diapers, we can then sell most of them to another family. Try doing that with used Huggies.
I must admit that the amount I’ve spent on cloth diapers doesn’t actually give a fair picture of the size of my stash. How did I acquire this many diapers with so little money?
Sales and use coupons
Many cloth diaper retailers have coupon codes and sales from time to time. Some more often than others. Like the Facebook pages of some cloth diaper retailers and sign up for emails to find out when they are running sales or have a coupon available. You can also check which stores offer free items with a minimum order.
Seconds are brand new diapers with a slight flaw so the manufacturer can’t sell them at full price. The flaws can range from getting dirty, uneven stitching, to an upside down print. Most times you can’t tell there is a flaw. I have never been able to find the flaws in my seconds quality diapers.
Sign up for daily deal sites
Sometimes Baby Half Off, BabySteals, and Eco Baby Buys. Sites like Zulily have diapers, but you do have to be careful. A lot of times they sell rebranded Chinese diapers and in this case, you aren’t getting a deal at all. However, I have gotten decent deals on discontinued colors and styles of national brands from daily deal sites.
*Note: your local cloth diaper store may have the same deal so check them too. With a retailer. you may also get free shipping, rewards, and freebies.
I cannot stress this one enough. For the first few months of entering giveaways I never won anything, 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.
*Since this post was published, there are now cloth diaper giveaways on Instagram as well as frequent flash giveaways from retailers, WAHM shops, and blogs on Facebook.
Many times you can get used diapers in excellent to like new condition. Sometimes a certain diaper doesn’t work well for one family but will work perfectly for you. Newborn diapers are also often in excellent condition. I like to check Cloth Diaper Trader and brand specific Facebook B/S/T groups for the best deals. Please be sure to practice proper B/S/T etiquette when buying used diapers in groups.
Here are even more ideas for saving money on a cloth diapers. So get to building that stash!