Parents of twins will change more than 5,000 diapers -- and that's just in the first year! As the cost of food, gas and other necessities continue to rise, families are looking to save money wherever they can. Saving money on diapers is a good place to start. These tips will help you save money on diapers for your twins or mulitples.
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- First, do the math. Before you can determine the most cost effective method of buying diapers, you've have to know how to figure your per-diaper-cost (PDC). To figure out the PDC for a diaper product, divide the cost of a package of diapers by the number of diapers in a package. For example, a package of forty Huggies Newborn Supreme Diapers (compare prices) costs $10.99. To calculate the PDC: 10.99 / 40 = 27. These diapers cost 27 cents each. A package of 96 Newborn Pampers Swaddlers (compare prices) costs $21.99. 21.99 / 96 = 23. The Pampers in this package cost 23 cents each.
- Then do the legwork. Research the price of diapers from several different outlets. Start first with the places that you shop most often: your local grocery store, drugstore and discount stores like Target or Walmart. Check out baby stores like Babies 'R Us. If you have a membership, comparison shop at clubs like BJ's, Sam's Club or Costco. Then check out prices online. Specialty sites like diapers4less.com, diapersdiscounted.com, diapersite.com, diapersetc.com sell diapers online, as well as amazon.com and drugstore.com. However, when figuring the PDC for products at these sites, factor in the cost of shipping.
- Log it. Keep a record of prices in a notebook, being sure to note the brand, size, PDC, and whether the price is a temporary sale or discount, or the everyday price that you can expect to pay on a regular basis. If you are not already committed to a specific diaper brand, keep track of prices on all three of the major national brands (Huggies, Pampers and Luvs) as well as generics, store brands and discount products.
- Examine the alternatives. If you are interested, also research alternatives to disposable diapers. Consider cloth diaper products as well as diaper services that deliver clean diapers and launder the dirty ones for you. Many of these options require a larger initial investment of money, but may prove to be more economical over time. However, the decision to use cloth or disposable diapers is usually based on other factors in addition to cost: convenience, environmental concerns, personal philosophies, medical considerations, etc. (Get more information on the pros and cons of both kinds of diapers.)
- Consider your options. Once you have done your research, you can compare the PDC of different sources of diapers. As you decide which outlet has the lowest cost, you'll also have to consider whether it is the best choice for your personal needs. When you have twins or multiples, it may not be worth driving across town to save .03 cents per diaper. Evaluate which sources offer the best price as well as make the most sense logistically.
- Stock up. Buying in bulk is almost always more economical than buying smaller quanitites. With twins, you'll go through at least double the amount of diapers as a single baby -- and perhaps even more, as many parents find it convenient to change both babies at the same time, even if they don't need it. If you find a bargain price, buy at least enough to last a couple of weeks (100-200). But don't overbuy. Babies grow quickly. You don't want to be left with 18 cases of size 1 diapers that no longer fit. And don't buy beyond your capacity for storage space. Who wants cartons stacked to the ceiling in their living room?
- Apply coupons to enhance your savings potential. Diaper companies are very generous with their coupon offerings, hoping to generate brand loyalty. Some even offer special programs for families with multiples, such as: Luvs, Huggies, and Pampers. You can also sign up for the companies' savings programs to receive ongoing coupons and special offers.
- Watch for sales. Peruse the weekly sales flyers in the newspaper and be alert for sales on diapers that may lower the PDC on your favorite brand.
- Don't be a brand fanatic. The big three - Luvs, Huggies and Pampers -spend millions of dollars in marketing to convince you that they are the best option for your babies. Make up your own mind. Test out generic, store brands or off-brands, but only buy a small amount until you're sure that they work for your babies. You won't save money if you buy diapers that you can't use.
- Use the best diapers for your baby. If they don't fit right, they'll leak and you'll go through them faster, wasting the money you've worked so hard to save. It's not worth saving a couple of cents on diapers if the products you buy cause chafing or rashes.
- No time to browse the newspaper? Check out deals online at http://www.sundaysaver.com/
- Appeal to the generosity of your friends and family. Have a diaper shower! Instead of gifts, request diapers as a shower or baby gift. More about baby showers for twins.
- Organize your fellow moms of mulitples and start a diaper co-op. You can go in together on bulk purchases to ensure the lowest cost. You can also trade/barter/sell the sizes that you've outgrown if you have extras.
What You Need
- Weekly newspaper sales flyers
- Patience and determination
- Storage space for bulk purchases