I have three boys in diapers, so I HAVE TO find bargains on diapers. I never buy diapers unless they are on sale… and they are almost always on sale. I also never buy diapers without a coupon. Fortunately, I have a lot of nice family and friends who send me coupons for diapers frequently.
When I had my first son, I tried many different kinds of disposable diapers, and finally settled on Huggies because they seemed to fit my son the best. So I became a bit of brand snob and that was the only kind I bought.
When the twins came, lots of people gave us diapers – all different brands… and I quickly learned not to be a diaper snob any more. I now buy whatever is on sale… the only exception is that I don’t really care for the Wal-Mart Parent’s Choice brand… those were the only diapers I’ve had a lot of issues with. I still prefer the name brands for my toddler (he produces a LOT of pee and the name brands seem to contain it better), but the twins have been doing well with the Target brand diapers. I also found a great website – Baby Cheapskate – that has reviews of diapers and rock bottom prices per diaper. It has a lot of useful information and is updated frequently.
I have tried ordering from Diapers.com. They take manufacturer’s coupons (you have to mail them in ahead of time), they offer free shipping if your order is over $50, and a cash back program if you spend $75 or more. On the plus side, I loved getting the diapers delivered right to my door. I also loved that they came in GIANT packages. On the downside, I found that sometimes their prices were not as good as what I could find locally or elsewhere online. Example: My twins wear Huggies Overnights at bedtime or otherwise they leak. No stores in my area sell these diapers in their size, so I have to get them online. Amazon.com had these diapers for a couple of bucks cheaper than Diapers.com did (even when you factored in coupons) and they also have free shipping.
Some of you may wonder why a person who claims to be frugal does not use cloth diapers. To be honest, I have a strong aversion to handling human excrement. I want to be done with it as soon as possible. I’m also not convinced that the cost of detergent, hot water, and drying outweighs the cost of disposables. Plus, my time is worth something, too. I have better things to do than scrub baby poop out of a piece of terry cloth. I already do laundry every other day and that’s enough for me. My sanity is worth a little something.
The best thing you can do when it comes to disposable diapers is to always figure out the cost per diaper and then look for the lowest cost possible. Put the word out to friends and family that you would appreciate diaper coupons for all brands.