Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Buying On A Budget

I often  hear parents say things like “I wanted to cloth diaper, but the cost was too much” or “I was going to use cloth but its so expensive”.  I think this is because when you go to the store to buy disposable diapers, you are spending twenty bucks and getting a whole box of diapers! Wow…but with cloth the same $20 will only get you one pocket diaper.  I understand this can be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be. Remember, that box will only last a couple of weeks and you are off to buy another, and another, and another until you have purchased a whopping 6,000 diapers! All those $20 boxes of diapers will total around $3,000 by the time that baby is potty trained.  While that twenty dollar, one-size pocket diaper will be worn and washed hundreds of times. That same diaper will still be around for the next child you may have, saving even more money. And yes, that same $20 diaper can be re-sold for around $7-10 when you are done with it, or can even be donated to help a family in need.  Sometimes all you need is a little perspective.   

There are several ways to save money on cloth diapers.

Build it slowly: What you really need to do here is look at your finances and decide what you can afford. Your stash does not need to be purchased all at one time. When the store first opened, we had a customer come in every Friday with $20 from her paycheck. Each Friday she purchased, you guessed it…one pocket diaper. If you build your stash slowly, you can go between disposables and cloth diapers until you have enough to use cloth for one full day (which is around 10 diapers depending on baby’s age). At night, put your diapers in the laundry and you will have them fresh and clean for the following day. As you add a diaper here and there eventually you will have enough for two days of diapering before having to wash.

Use Prefolds & Covers:  Prefolds are a fantastic option for cloth diapering on a budget and are a great way to either get started, or expand your stash.  They work great as burp cloths, and can be folded to use as doublers for your pocket diapers.  With a prefold, all you do is either fasten around baby with a snappi and then use a cover, or fold in thirds and lay the prefold inside a cover and fasten around baby in one step. Using a one-size cover like the Flip or a two-size cover like the Thirsties Duo-Wrap will also save money from having to buy multiple sizes as your baby grows. Lets break that down: 3 prefolds at $2.50 each totals $7.50 and one cover $12.50. That’s $20 and it purchased 3 diapers!

Buy Used:  When cloth diapers are well cared for, they retain resale value.  If the idea of a used diaper creeps you out, then you probably have not seen one up close. With a good wash routine along with sunning and line-drying from time-to-time, cloth diapers remain in excellent condition.  This is a great way to build your stash on a budget and try more expensive diapers at about half of the retail cost.

Use Layaway:  Yep, layaway is back! You can pick out all your diapers and accessories and make monthly payments. This is especially helpful when you are starting to stock up while still expecting your little bundle.

Register:  How many swaddling blankets and bibs do you really need anyway?  Register for your diapers! Many times family members (especially the grandmas out there who used to use cloth) really like spending their money on cloth diapers. You can still register at the big box store, but add a second registry for cloth diapers – you’ve got nothing to loose and only diapers to gain!

Sacrifice: As a parent, you get used to it! How much does that Starbucks coffee cost you? Did you grab a muffin on your way to work, or eat out for lunch? Do the math. Often times  you can give up lunch or coffee out one day a week and by the end of the month have earned a diaper or two!

Where there is a true will to use cloth diapers, there is a way! 

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27 comments:

  1. It amazes me how much cloth diapering has changed over time but how it is still very much the same. When we first started looking at them a couple months ago I was all excited about modern pocket diapers and such. Now the more I look around and read the more I am interested in prefolds & covers and wool!
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  5. I LOVED using pre-folds with my youngest when she was a newborn...newborns poop constantly and it always felt like such a waste when my older two kids were newborns and would need to be changed within minutes of putting on a diaper.

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  10. I registered for a certain brand of cloth diapers for my baby shower and ended up hating them! I went back to disposables for a couple months. I decided to give CDing a go again with another brand and I LOVE them! Now I have to rebuild my stash. I almost have enough to CD for one day :)

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  13. I think it is wonderful how you educate families on the concepts of cloth diapering! Modern CD'ing is sooo different these days, that sometimes all people need is some detailed information, and they're sold! I follow this blog and am a fan on fb. I also posted this blog on my facebook and tweeted it :)
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  14. This is great info, thanks! I am thrilled to be cloth diapering now. The start-up cost was significant, but every time I have to buy a few disposables for a trip or a rash, I realize just how affordable CD'ing really is.

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  15. I registered at your store when I was pregnant with my first. A couple family members bought me a couple diapers. It was perfect for just starting out. I also used any cash that I got at my showers or when he was born to help build my stash. Over time I slowly built our stash and now we have more than enough diapers to last us 3 days without washing. We've probably invested $300-400 of our money in our cloth diapers (we buy perfect size FuzziBunz so we've already actually had to buy two complete stashes) and I know I would have spent way more than that on disposable by now. Plus, I'm pregnant with number 2 so I know we'll be getting our money's worth out of them! Cloth diapering seriously is very affordable.

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  16. We've been able to switch 2 of our boys totally to cloth with less than $150! We'll pay this off in just 2 months of not buying disposables. We love how economical prefolds are and will be looking to expand out stash with more used. Thanks for the post!

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