If there is one expense that you can’t escape when you have a baby, it is diapers. In fact, it most probably is going to be your second biggest monthly expense, next to milk, of course (if you are not breastfeeding). After all, your baby will most likely be using up about 10-12 diapers a day.
As much as you would want to save money, you cannot get around the fact that diapers are expensive. Because of this, it will seem unreasonable for you to shell out hundreds of dollars just for something that you will throw in the trash.
Whether you like it or not, your child needs diapers. So instead of hating them, you should find a way on how you can minimize its cost. And that is exactly what I would like to help you with. Take a look at the steps below on how to save money on diapers.
What you Will Need
Here are the items you will need:
• Mobile apps
A Guide on How to Save Money on Diapers
Thanks to the availability of coupons and discounts nowadays, it has become easy for us to save money on diapers. To take advantage of these offerings, here are some of the steps that you need to take.
Step 1. Calculate the price per unit.
Oftentimes, we think of the cost as the price per package, but that is a big no-no. Why is this so? Because the number of diapers in the package may vary. If you really want to save money on diapers, you should calculate the unit price or the price per piece of diaper.
You can do this simply by dividing the price of the package by the number of diapers inside the package. Now that you know that unit price of the diaper, it will be easy for you to determine which product is more affordable than the others.
Pro Tip: Calculating the unit price is also one good way for you to know if the jumbo packs of diapers that are being sold on sale is really a great bargain.
Step 2. Look for coupons.
This is probably the easiest and most effective way on how to save money on diapers. It is best that you look for these coupons in newspapers, websites and grocery flyers. The amount that you can save when you use coupons would range from about $1 to $3 per pack which can be huge savings when you add them up!
Pro Tip: If you want to enjoy more discounts, you can try using the coupons in conjunction with discounts. Oftentimes, diapers are sold at discounted prices in drugstores.
Step 3. Look out for sales.
This is another offer you can take advantage of—sales and discounts. There are actually plenty of ways on how you can look for diaper sales.
For one, you can try downloading the mobile app from the store where you buy diapers. They often post schedules of sales in their apps so make sure to check the apps on a weekly basis.
Another amazing place where you can look for sales is in an online mom group. Moms are generous, and they will be more than willing to share with the group the stores that offer amazing sales on baby diapers and other items.
Step 4. Buy in bulk.
If looking for some coupons can be time-consuming for you or if you cannot find any sales, the next best thing that you can do is to buy diapers in bulk. Oftentimes, the unit price of diapers is a lot lower when you buy them in bulk.
Pro Tips: If you are buying in bulk, avoid shopping in grocery stores because diapers tend to be more expensive there. Instead, buy from local big box discount stores so you can save more money.
When buying diapers in bulk, please do not forget about the fact that your baby will still be growing so you should avoid buying too many pieces of a particular diaper size because he might outgrow it later on.
Step 5. Participate in rewards programs in various stores.
If you have been using a certain brand of diaper for a long time, then you should put your loyalty to good use by looking for rewards programs. These programs help loyal customers to earn points every time they buy the products. These points can be redeemed as savings for your purchases, or they can also be converted to free baby items.
Step 6. Try using cloth diapers.
Yes, cloth diapers are generally more expensive than the disposable ones. But while this option costs more upfront and it may require more of your time and effort (you need to wash the, of course!), you will be surprised to know that it is a lot more affordable.
Aside from the fact that you can use them for as long as you like, you can also keep them in storage once your baby no longer needs diapers. You can take them out and use them again on your next baby! Now, isn’t that cost effective?
Diapers are expensive, and the worst thing about buying diapers is that it will just be thrown in the trash later on. But whether you like it or not, your baby needs diapers, so the best thing that you can do is try to save money when buying them.
Saving money would require diligence and a whole lot of planning. But since we have already done the research for you. All you have to do is try out the steps we have mentioned above!
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Author Bio: I am Josephine, a blogger at babykis.com. I love children and I want to share my knowledge to all parents about child care.