From the moment that we decided to have a second child I was on the lookout for diapers. I shopped the diaper clearance, looked for the diaper sales and found the best prices every week to combine with diaper coupons (that are not as frequent as they used to be).
Know How Many You Need
My tiny girls have spent a lot of time, the bulk of their time in diapers, in a size one.The amount of diapers that you’re going to need can vary, Violet and Olivia both spent a lot of time in size 1 and 3 diapers, just going into size three diapers when they turned two, so here is an example of the diapers that we used with Violet (she was 6.9 lbs when she was born). Estimate about 8 diapers/day and one package of wipes/week but remember that every baby is different.
Newborn: 6 mega packs, 1 large box,
Size 1: 2 giant boxes, 3 mega packs, 6 jumbo packs
Size 2: 3 giant boxes, 38 mega packs
Check the Clearance Rack
Shoppers Drug Mart is one of my favorite places to find diapers. Recently, I was able to find diapers at my stock up price of $.10/diapers for some of my favorites and grabbed three large boxes of the slip on diapers, with coupons that I printed off at-home. Clearance sales are created when stores are changing their design or the store is changing their packaging. There’s also been recent clearance at Target. You need to shop early, and act quickly because before you know it there’s only the larger sizes left.
Use Promotions and Coupons
When there are extreme sales on Amazon, or on well.ca clearance that I can use one of their $10 off coupon codes with and I’ve got some gift cards or gift credits, but don’t currently need anything else, I’ll grab some diapers.
Some of my favorite sales and promotions are the Shoppers Optimum VIB Bonus points for coupons, the buy one get one free diapers at Sobeys, the $7.99 mega packs of Superstore green diapers (I’ll save my gift cards from in-store promotions to stretch that even further) and diaper clearances.
Don’t Forget about Points
Shoppers Optimum Points are one of my favorite ways to stock up on diapers. There are coupons available every few months with offers like get 3,000 points for buying Pampers, 3,000 points for buying Huggies – and when you combine these bonus points with a sale, or even another promotion going on in your store (depending on your cashier if they allow you to combine them with 20x points days) you can come out ahead in points just for buying the things that you would have anyway.
Starting early and scouring those diaper sales and promotions every week means you’re going to know better when that box of diapers is on sale at the store you’re doing your grocery shopping at, and when you work it out the diapers in the box are over $0.20/each. Because money is often tighter during mat leave, it helps to reduce the stress that comes with adding a $50 box of diapers to your cart when you’re heading up to the till.
How do you reduce the cost of diapers?