Having babies ain’t cheap. But learning how to get affordable diapers will go a long way in reducing the blow to your budget after you have a baby. The average American family spends around $900 per year on diapers; that’s a lot of money. But the good news is that you can cut these costs when you know which brands are affordable and which stores offer the best savings.
Look at the cost per diaper, not cost per package
Always remember that you cannot use diaper package prices to compare the actual cost of diapers across brands. This is because diaper package prices remain the same for every size, but you can get fewer diapers as the sizes increase. This drives up the cost per diaper as the size increases. Here is an example from Target’s Up & Up brand, since most companies do this with sizing and quantities:
- Size 1: $4.79 for 44 diapers
- Size 2: $4.79 for 37 diapers
- Size 3: $4.79 for 32 diapers
- Size 4: $4.79 for 28 diapers
- Size 5: $4.79 for 24 diapers
- Size 6: $4.79 for 21 diapers
Size 1 diapers are the cheapest
Once you’re out of newborn diapers, try to stick to size 1 diapers since they increase by $0.03 – $0.08 each size. When it comes to your diaper budget, buying the largest size should be avoided for as long as you can to save money. Size 3 diapers fit infants from 16-28 pounds and Size 4 diapers begin fitting babies at 22 pounds. Unfortunately, the prices start increasing by up to $0.08 per diaper when you use Size 4. So, do not purchase Size 4 until your baby is 28 pounds.
Consider buying Costco’s Kirkland diapers
Did you know that Costco’s Kirkland diapers are not as inexpensive as you think? In fact, Kirkland diapers at Costco’s offer a sale that reaches $0.16 per diaper in all sizes. This is an awesome price for babies- Sizes 4 and up! So make sure you stock up!
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