Ways To Save Money On Baby Diapers, Disposable Training Pants, Baby Wipes and Formula
During my daughter's first year I lived with my parents so many of our needs such as rent, food, electricty, water etc. were covered. In addition to my car payment and insurance, my phone bill, and credit card debt were my responsibility.
I wanted to spend as much time with my daughter as possible. So I took a part time job doing merchandising. I chose what hours I worked and generally was working 9 to 12 hours a week. After my bills I had about $150 left over to cover mine and my daughters needs.
Here are some of the ways I made my money go as far as possible.
Saving Money On Baby Diapers
The Costco store brand, Kirkland Signature was my favorite for diapers. I found these diapers to be the most affordable option and the quality was comparable to the expensive Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Crusiers brand diapers. I found that during the first year, spending the money on a Costco membership was worth it for the baby diapers alone. Click here to learn more about Kirkland Signature Diapers
The costs of these have gone up some, and you will pay as much for these as the regular Huggies brand Costco size box, but the quality is better then the Huggies. Costco also occasionally offers coupons for a few dollars off in their couple booklet. This makes an awesome savings.
If You Are Not Able To Use Costco...
The Walmart store brand of diapers, White Cloud is comparable to the Pampers Baby Dry, not near as good, but it is a cheaper option.
Watch Walgreen's for buy one bag get one free on their Comfort Stretch diapers. They run this special pretty frequently. I used these rarely and didn't like them near as much as I do their disposable training pants.
Saving Money On Disposable Training Pants
Costco offers Huggies Pull-ups in the huge warehouse sized box, but you best bet is Walgreen's.
My daughter is in disposable training pants right now and I am in love with the Walgreen's Comfort Stretch Brand of disposable training pants.
I do not like these Velcro sides the new Huggies Pull-Ups and Pampers Easy-Ups have. My daughter was pulling them off like diapers and then she could not get them back on herself after trying to go potty. The Walgreen's Comfort Stretch disposable training pants have easy tear sides for mom but no Velcro.
I buy the jumbo bags with 27 training pants for about $5 to $6 depending on the sale. There is usually either a buy one get one free sale going on. Whenever there is a sale, I stock up big time till the next.
Saving Money On Baby Wipes
I love the Costco Kirkland Signature baby wipes. They were my favorite and my daughter never had a bad reaction to them. I no longer have a Costco membership so I always buy the big multi-pack boxes or bags.
Some of the boxes come with easy to reseal flaps but for those that don't having an extra container around is helpful. There is a huge savings difference between buying in the multi-pack bags and boxes as apposed to buying individual containers over and over. Plus, less waste.
Look for coupons. They can be used on the multi packs for an extra $ savings.
You can make your money go even further by cutting the wipes in half. With CLEAN scissors grab a bunch and cut them down the middle. You will use less this way.
You can also make your own baby wipes
Saving Money On Baby Formula
If your family falls within the income bracket necessary, you may qualify for WIC. The Women, Infant, Children program offers parents of babies free formula during the first year of life.
The amount varies but for my daughter, the only time I had to buy formula was when I was out and forgot it at home, or had to offer her a special formula for serious diarrhea when she was ill a few times.
WIC does not just cover regular formula. Depending on your babies needs, you can get Lactose-free, Soy, or the really expensive special formulas for special needs babies.
Look in your phone book or online for your local WIC office.
If You Can Not Get WIC
Sign up at all of the formula brand websites for their free membership clubs. Many of these send out free coupons with great $$ off values to really save on formula.
You can also buy money saving baby formula coupons, also known as formula checks online at Ebay or trade for them on coupon trading message boards.
For more information about baby formula checks go here.