My husband and I are expecting our second child this December. If there is something I remember from our first daughter’s early days it is unexpected costs and lots of diapers. This time around I am much better at combining coupons with store sales, so as soon as we decided to go for number 2 I began collecting disposable diapers, cloth diapers, and other things I know we will need.
So my first step in the Baby on a Budget series is about disposable diapers. If you are primarily going to use disposable you are going to need a ton of diapers! Let’s say you’re lucky and your first born is potty trained the week of his/her 2nd birthday. That is still around $1040 spent on diapers, though some quotes have it as high as $2000 for two years of disposables! So this time around we are planning to use disposables until we get used to the new baby- maybe just the first month, but it could be as late as the second or third month. After that we will go to cloth but have some disposables on hand for babysitters, possibly for wearing at night, or whatever comes up.
Here is my wonderful tower of diapers.
Total cost- (rounded up) $70 before tax
Cost without coupons- $200 before tax
I have collected this over the course of a year. It didn’t take a ton of effort. I used UP+ Register Rewards at Rite Aid* and combined a lot of sales at Harris Teeter* (a grocery store in the southern U.S.) with manufacturer coupons and their E-VIC program. I spent between $2-5.50 on each package compared with $8.99-10.99 regular retail. And the diapers in ziplocs were given to me by a friend who’s son grew out of newborn size before she could use a whole pack. I love when people share.
So here is the break down of what’s in the tower of diapers-
Newborn- 6 packs/215 diapers
Size one- 5 packs/ 220 diapers
Size two- 6 packs/ 204 diapers
Size three-1 big box + sample/81 diapers
Little Swimmers in size small- 1 pack/12 diapers
That’s 731 diapers at around 9.5 cents per diaper. They would have been around 25 cents per diaper without the coupons.
* Learn how to use Rite Aid’s reward system here.
* Learn more about Harris Teeter’s VIC and E-VIC system here. The short of it is that you want to sign up for it in order to get special sale prices at the store, then you want to search your newspaper or the internet for manufacturer’s coupons to combine with the sales. Sometimes there are also E-VIC coupons that can be combined with all this as well, you will see a button to load them to your VIC card in your weekly Harris Teeter emails (which you will begin receiving once you sign up!).