Friday, November 16, 2007

Diapering on the Cheap

A new dad watched his eight week old daughter for the first time while his wife attended a women’s conference. When she returned, six hours later, she was eager to learn how he fared in her absence.
“How did she take her bottles?” she asked.
“Just fine, no problem, she took one every two hours for a total of three,” replied the confident father.
“How many times did you change her diaper?” she queried.
“I never changed it” he responded.
“You never changed her diaper?” she asked incredulously, “Why not?”
“Well,” he reasoned, “the diaper package said that it was good up to ten pounds and we weren’t even near the ten pound point.”


Diapers are a major expense in a family’s budget and yet there are ways to save money in this area that are fairly painless.

Coupons – Your mother may have told you “buy items on sale and use a coupon.” That’s still good advice. But where do you find coupons on your favorite diapers?
· Manufacturer’s Website – If you sign into these sites to receive their promotional offers, you can also get coupons. A few of the most popular websites for diaper manufacturers are:, , and . For a variety of baby coupons go to or .

· Toll Free Numbers – Call the diaper manufacturer’s toll free number, tell them how much you like their product, and ask them for coupon promotions. For instance, 1-800-PAMPERS or 1-800- NO LEAKS (Luvs)

Internet Diaper Sites – There are some sites that will ship diapers at a discount. It’s important to add postage and handling to the final cost and to check out the site with the Better Business Bureau found at . For example, at we discovered 192 medium diapers for $33.00 plus $6.92 shipping.

Ebay – You can find almost anything at ebay. We found 180 medium diapers for $29.99 with free postage and handling and 140 newborn diapers for $14.50 + $5.00 P&H. Be sure the diapers are in their original package and are unopened. Also, be sure to factor in shipping (if any) and choose a seller who has high feedback ratings with a reasonable number of total reviews.
Happy Diapering!
Ellie Kay
America's Family Financial Expert (R)