Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hooray for Diaper Mega Savings!

Has the cost of diapers got you down in the dumps???

Max is pondering the cost of diapers...
Diapers and all that relates to them seem to be the most universally dreaded part of parenthood.  If I am honest with myself, my least favorite parental activity is changing Max’s diaper.  In fact I pretty much try to do whatever I can to get out of it.  Luckily my husband has embraced this aspect of fatherhood and I can literally go an entire weekend without changing a single diaper.  This is pretty amazing and fortunate for Max too because I don’t seem to have the diaper changing skills that my husband, pro-diaper-changing extraordinaire has.  In fact, the other day after wrestling with Max for about 8 minutes, I managed to get his poopy diaper off and just barely wipe him clean when he actually escaped and crawled out of his room, all the way down the hall, and hid under the dining room table where he sat giggling at me.  I have to admit that part of the reason he was able to get so far was because I was debilitated by laughter—his little butt wiggling under his onsie had me rip roaring with laugher.

Anyway, in our household Alejandro changes the majority of the diapers and I procure the diapers and all the other stuff we need.  I am so to speak, the logistics and procurement officer of our household so I mainly take charge of determining what we need and where to buy it, then I order it or go pick it up on the correct day so that I can use my wad of coupons.

So, I have two big tricks that I use/have used to save big money on diapers and other baby items. Read on!

Diaper and Baby Gear Mega Saving Method 1:

When Max was first born we used pampers and we saved a significant amount of money on them because we purchased several boxes of them on our registry at Babies R Us.  We made this purchase knowing that we could easily exchange them within a year of purchase without having any problems.  When we made our trip to Babies R Us to use our registry completion discount plus some other discounts, we made sure to do a few things:

1.  We purchased everything that we knew we were going to end up buying. We also made sure that we had all of these items on our registry.  This included a several month supply worth of diapers.

2.  We researched competitor prices and made sure to use the price-match guarantee at the register, especially for big items like our BOB Jogger.

3.  We used any coupons that we had.  We didn’t know it at the time but Babies R Us offers competitor coupons.  We could have taken a 20% off coupon from Buy Buy Baby or Bed Bath and Beyond and used it on our jogger.  Oops!

3.  We used our registry completion discount to get 15% off of the entire purchase (including sale and price-matched items).

4.  We opened a credit card that day to get an additional 15% off of the entire purchase (including sale and price matched items).

5.  We made this big purchase on a Saturday (Thursday works too) to get an additional 10% off of the entire purchase.   There was a promotion for using your toys r us credit card on a certain day.  Year round, this promotion works on Thursday but in November they offer this discount on Saturdays too.   

6.  After our purchase, we took all the money that we had been putting aside in an envelop for this purchase.  We stuck it in the bank and paid off the Toys R Us credit card right away.  We did not purchase anything unless we had the money for it in that envelope.

7.  As Max grew, we ended up with extra boxes of diapers of certain sizes.  We just took them back to the store and got the next size that we needed.  Easy peasy.

Here are a few of the great deals we ended up getting:

$32.04 per 186 ct box of Pampers Swaddlers.  For the same price you can buy a 129 ct. box of Pampers Swaddlers.  Be basically got 45% more diapers for our money by planning ahead.

$207.61 for a BOB Revolution SE Jogger.  This compares with $459.99 at Buy Buy Baby (minus 20% because it is silly to not use a coupon in that store).

$58.52 for an additional Chicco car seat base.

$76.49 for a crib mattress original price $99.99.

$52.01 for a Kiinde Feeding set (bottle warmer, disposable bottles, various nipples, pump attachments, solid food pouch filler, etc.) original price $99.99.

$12.55 for a 808 count box of pampers sensitive wipes.  Original price $23.99.

Overall, we hit the jackpot on this purchase.  I even saved the receipt to prove it!  And now for my next tip…

Diaper Mega Savings Method #2

This tip will help you once you find the diaper that you love and you have an idea of how many you typically need for the week or month.  We use Earth’s Best now and we started using this trick once we had settled on our diaper brand and we knew we would be in the same size for a while (3’s and 4’s).

Tip number 2 is:  Get an Amazon Mom account through Amazon Prime and use “Subscribe and Save” to buy your diapers.  This will save you up to 20% or more off the price of diapers.  It does require an amazon prime membership, but I can assure you it is totally worth it.

This method of buying diapers will save you a lot of time and money.   You won’t have to make the dreaded diaper run to the store with a baby in tow.  You won’t have to go diaper deal hunting, which frankly is not an easy task.  Buying diapers with coupons can be tricky and amazon mom takes that out of the equation.  You know every month that you are going to pay a great price for diapers.

We spend about $35 dollars for 140 Earth’s Best diapers (these are generally more expensive than many brands but they actually fit Max really well).   The list price for this amount is $79.99.  Pampers Swaddlers are slightly cheaper at about $36 dollars for 162 diapers.  And if you like Huggies Snug and Dry, a 192-count box of size 4s runs at about $31.

Places like Babies R Us only use coupons on diapers if they are diaper coupons or if they are able to apply a total purchase coupon.  You have to buy diapers every month but you won’t come across special deals and coupons on diapers every month.   I like that I can use subscribe and save and save my energy for the sweeter parts of parenthood --- basically anything but diapers or diapering.

So this is how subscribe and save works.  Every month you will have a ship date.   Anything that you purchase through subscribe and save will be automatically shipped to you by that date.  When you subscribe for an item, you are adding it to your automatic ship order.  You determine the frequency of your order based on your needs.  For example I am currently a subscriber of two boxes of earth’s best diapers.  I have it set up so one box is shipped monthly while the other is shipped every two months.  I typically adjust this as my diaper supply waxes and wanes.  Next month I will be skipping both shipments because I have a massive stash of diapers right now.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are going to use this tip:

  • Keep in mind that you can change your order.  Maybe you order two boxes this month so you only need one next month.  Change your order. 
  • You can plan your monthly orders months in advance if you need to.
  • You can add other baby or adult items to your order.  In fact, the more items on your order the more you save (up to 15%).  I have bought canned baby food, kitchen sponges, Swiffer dusters refills, Vega One Protein Powder, etc. on subscribe and save.
  • Making returns with amazon is not convenient or cost effective.  Only buy diapers this way if you have found the diaper that fits your baby.  When I decided to try Earth’s Best, I spent more money at a store just so I could try them out before making a bigger purchase.
  • There are also other perks of using amazon prime and subscribe and save.  Explore the perks and use them.  We watch a lot of amazon prime movies because they are free with a subscription.
Max approves of Amazon Subscribe and Save... I think he just likes the boxes.

Anyway, I hope this post will help you save time and money.  If you have any insight about saving money on diapers or baby gear, please share in the comments.  I would really appreciate it!