We also decided to only buy Pamper's swaddlers, since we were primarily stocking up on size newborn, one and two diapers. Many people told us Pamper's swaddlers were the only diapers their infants could use, and they are the diapers the hospitals use. I'm glad we took their advice, because that is the only kind of diaper one of my boys was able to wear without leaking. Once we hit the size three, the boys could both wear Luvs without any leaks.
There are always pros and cons to a diaper stash. Figuring out the sizing, or having too much or too little of something can be a little annoying, but it is really easy to fix. For us, a diaper stash was a blessing, as it helped us prepare for the arrival of our little ones. With out using cloth diapers, our diaper expense was a couple hundred dollars a month. Already having a few months of diapers stocked up once I brought the babies home and stopped bringing a pay check home....well, it was just one less thing I had to worry about. And so if you have any interest in creating a diaper stash as you prepare for your little one's arrival, let me finish this post by giving a few tips about getting the best deals for a diaper stash:
- If you are having a baby shower, put diapers on your registery and ask for diapers when people ask you what you want as a baby gift. Even if people get you a size that you don't end up needing, most big stores will let you exchange diapers for a different size without a receipt.
- COUPONS! Check the paper for diaper coupons and ask friends to give you their diaper coupons. Also follow blogs that send out coupon info. The Krazy Coupon Lady is one that I follow. I get a ton of her coupon information in my feed every day. You can find a list of more coupon blogs here.
- Regarding coupons, keep in mind that most stores will only let you use one coupon per item, so you can't go to the store with one coupon and use it for five packs of diapers. We always had diaper coupons in our wallet and bought a pack of diapers to add to our stockpile whenever we were at the grocery store, that way the coupons got put to good use.
- Coupons.com had printable pamper coupons. They only let you print off so many in a certain time period. We kept printing the $1.50 coupons and used those coupons for a small pack of diapers whenever were out.
- If you are using coupons, it is actually cheaper to get a small pack instead of a big pack. My husband is really big on the unit cost of something. He's actually pretty annoying about it. He did the math with the diapers, and it turns out that when you break down the individual cost of diapers in a pack, the individual diaper cost is less when you use a coupon on a smaller pack. Don't just assume this true in every situation. Always do the math yourself to get the best deal on diapers.
- If you don't have any coupons, it is often cheaper to buy diapers in bulk, especially if you find them on sale. I found that Amazon was one of the best places to find diapers in bulk at a discounted price. We got a couple of really great deals through Amazon when we were stocking up. Someone also told me that Amazon Mom has good deals. I have never joined Amazon Mom, so I'm not one to give good information about it. It may be something to look into, if you are stocking up on diapers. Ebay can also be a good place to try to find deals, although I have never bought diapers from Ebay.
- Facebook pages for local buying and selling can be a great place to buy diapers that other moms didn' t use and have decided to sell at a discounted price . I didn't know about these pages until after I had the twins. I have since joined 5-6 resale FB groups and often see unopened packs of diapers come through my feed at a discounted price.
- One of the best gifts someone gave us were these pampers gift certificates. We were graciously given 12-15 of these (I can't remember the exact amount), and they were AWESOME! Each one was good for a mega pack of pampers. I didn't even realize what a mega pack was until we realized we could get the biggest box of pampers Walmart had with each certificate. So basically, 15 of these certificates were the equivalent of 1,500 + diapers! Apparently, the person who gifted these to us bought them off of eBay. I have no idea how much she paid for them. We looked on eBay after the boys were born but never could find anymore. These came in very handy those first few months, since the boys were in newborn diapers much longer than we expected. Best Gift Ever!
- Keep an eye out for store deals and combine them with coupons when you can. Target, Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens usually advertise their diaper deals.
- Target has my favorite diaper deals, and they usually have these deals every few months. Typically when they have diapers on sale, the deal is buy two jumbo boxes at sale price and get a $10 gift card back at the time of purchase. It's usually only certain brands at a time. When we were pregnant and stockpiling, I would always take advantage of this deal when they had their Pamper Swaddlers on sale. We were easily going through a jumbo box each week when we were only using disposable, so when Target had this deal, we would buy four boxes and get $20 back in a gift card to put towards our next grocery purchase. Even now that that the boys are a year old and we are only using the Luvs disposable at night, due to using cloth diapers at home during the day, I always stock up when Target has this deal with the Luvs diapers. And even in those first few months after the babies arrived when we had plenty of size ones and twos from our pregnancy diaper stash, I would still take advantage of the Target deals and buy threes or fours for future use.
- A couple times a year, Target will have their diaper deals, plus a deal on their baby merchandise. The deal is if you spend $100 in baby merchandise you get a $20 gift card. When we combined the diaper deal with the baby merchandise deal, we were getting quite a bit back in gift cards to put towards our next grocery bill. Target will usually have diapers, wipes and even baby food on sale when they have the baby merchandise deal, so I always to advantage of the deal stocked up on things I needed. When you have twins it does not take long to spend $125 in baby merchandise. If you are living pay check to pay check, this deal might not work for you, as that is is large amount of money to put out at one time. It is a huge saving in the end though, so if you can afford the up front cost, it's definitely worth it. Plus you can combine coupons, online coupons and Target Cartwheel deals with the diaper deal and the baby merchandise deal.