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Happy Friday Mamas! Today, I’m letting you in on my secrets for creating the ultimate stock pile of diapers and other baby supplies before baby arrives and not go nuts in the process! Read on for tips on how to stock pile diapers, saving money buying diapers and other baby items, and what products to stock up on and which ones you don’t need to stock pile.
So, why would you want to do this?
Can’t you just buy all the diapers and other baby supplies as you need them? Yes of course, but babies are already expensive, especially the first time around. Did you know that your little bundle of joy can go through upwards of 2,500 diapers in a year! So why not do a little pre-planning and save some money.
First, let’s take a look at some tips that will save you money no matter how you buy diapers.
- Keep your baby in a smaller size for as long as you can. The reason is that you get more diapers in a box. Check out this box of Huggies. The size 1 diapers has 148 and is $28.99 a box. Then the size 2 has 132 (16 less) for $28.37. That’s a difference of .02 cents per diaper. Not a big deal if you are only buying one box. But remember, you are going through 2,500 per year for a couple of years and the differences get bigger as the diaper size gets bigger.
- Diaper size weight recommendations overlap. Most size 1 diapers are listed for up to 14 lbs. The size 2 is 12-18 lbs. You don’t need to switch up to a larger size just because your baby hit the 12 lbs mark.
4. Don’t open your boxes until you are ready to use them just in case you need to return the item. Also, keep receipts. If you start buying early, you may be passed the return by date but you should still be able to return for store credit or exchange for a different size.
The next couple of tips revolve around Amazon. Either joining or making sure you are getting the best out of your membership.
Join Amazon Prime
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Amazon Prime is the absolute best for parents. Since having a Prime account, we buy almost everything on Amazon. I’m a sucker for quick and free shipping and not having to go to 4 different stores with a toddler in tow. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, click this link to try Prime free for 30 days.
The major perks for Amazon Prime as a parent:
- Free two-day shipping (Sometimes they have free one day shipping)
- Prime video- thousands of shows and movies for kids (and adults) free
- Prime reading- free books and magazines for kids (and adults)
- Plus many more perks!
Having diapers delivered to you for free is such a convenience. Plus, if you are a student, you can get Prime membership at a discounted rate of $49 a year.
Get the most out of your Prime membership
Sign up for diaper subscriptions.
Save 20% (5% under Prime Student). Set the rate at which you would like your diapers shipped, anywhere from 1-6 months.
Purchase “opened” boxes of diapers.
We do this every chance we get. It isn’t always available but when it is, it’s a big money saver. Check out this box of 128 newborn Pampers Swaddlers. The regular box is $32.90 but the opened box is $26.45. That’s a $6.45 savings. Every time we have purchased an open box, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Exact same product.
Opt for 5 day shipping
At checkout, opt for the 5 day shipping. This will get you a little reward. I have received a $1 credit for a digital item, so a book, movie, game, etc. I’ve also received a $5 Prime Pantry credit in the past. It just depends on how backed up Amazon is and what its worth to them. Still a nice little perk.
Use Amazon for your baby registry
Pretty much everyone I know uses Amazon. If you create your baby registry on Amazon and have $1,000 purchases from it, Amazon will give you $100 to use for diapers, wipes, and diaper creams. $1,000 might seem like a lot but remember that it’s from purchases from you and your family/friends. So that $300 crib and $400 dresser can be added to your registry and even if you buy it, it counts! That’s $700 right there. Here are the terms:
- Promotion ends August 10, 2017
- You and your family/friends must spend $1,000 on items from your registry.
- The $100 credit must be used all at once and within 90 days of your due date.
- There is not a specific brand you must buy. Brands like Huggies, Burt’s Bee, Seventh Generation, etc. all count.
- You must be an Amazon Prime member
Keep your eye out for deals
Since you aren’t in a hurry to buy diapers, you can shop around a little or wait until a store has a good sale. Target, for example, will often have a deal where you spend $100 in baby supplies and get a $20 gift card. That’s a great time to buy diapers from target.
Walgreens, CVS, and Rite-aid also frequently have ads in their circulars and coupons that can be used on top of sale prices.
Use reward programs
Check out the below programs for savings
Target Cartwheel — Use Cartwheel app to get extra coupons and deals for all types of products. Including baby items!
Pampers Rewards Program — Use the Pampers app and codes provided in each diaper pack to earn points. Turn points into rewards, savings, and coupons.
Huggies Rewards Program — Use the Huggies app to take photos of your diaper receipts and earn points. Points can be redeems for savings and rewards.
Buy one baby thing per paycheck
This is how we build up a diaper stash when I’m pregnant. For each of our paychecks, we buy at least one baby item. I like to start this around my 2nd or 3rd month so we have a good stash built up. If I find any really good deals outside of paycheck time, I buy more.
Remember to keep your receipts!
What items should you stock up on?
Stock up on these items (Click on each for my favorite brand!)
Skip stocking up on these items
Baby shampoo/wash (You won’t need more than 2-3 large bottles for the first year)
Diaper creams (One tube will last awhile)
Baby medicine (Most have use by dates and larger bottles will last for a long time)
Bottles (Your baby may not like the bottle brand you choose)
Do you have any other secrets to share on how to stock pile diapers?? Comment below and let us know!