One of the first concerns when someone thinks about having a baby is all of those diapers. The earlier you start building your stockpile the better. I started as soon as were decided we were going to try to get pregnant. The earlier you start the easier it will be.
Now I know a lot of people swear by Amazon subscription service and that works great if you want a set it and forget it…but you generally won’t get the best deals.
This post may contain affiliate links but all diaper stockpiles are my own.
Step 1: Find out how many diapers of each size you need
I used the counts from The Suburban Mom for mine and so far it’s working well. I would hold off on buying newborn diapers, especially if you plan to have a baby shower. People will often gift you newborn and perhaps some size 1 at your shower. You also don’t know how big your baby will be, they may barely wear any newborn diapers depending on how large of a baby you have. Have a couple packs on hand and that’s it. Also make sure you have the nurses at the hospital refill the diapers during your stay, this way you’ll be able to go home with several packs of newborn diapers.
Step 2: Decide on diaper types
I went with Pampers and Huggies, mainly Pampers. I’d heard decent things and they are frequently on sale.
Step 3: Start shopping!
The big boxes are tempting but the jumbo packs are where it’s at to get the best price per diaper. I personally buy mine at CVS, but other drugstores such as Rite Aid and Walgreens often have similar deals. Every few weeks they run a deal where you spend $30 on certain items and you receive $10 back in Extracare Bucks. You only have to get 98% of the way there to trigger the deal so don’t worry if you are just a little bit short. The diapers will generally be on sale as well so you will likely be picking up 3 or 4 packages. Check your local newspaper for coupons or go to coupons.com. You can print 2 coupons per device so you may need to use more than one device so you will have one coupon per pack of diapers, or one per 2 packs depending on the coupon. Coupons are also available at PGeveryday.com for Pampers and pickupthevalues.com if you are looking for Huggies.
Pay for the deal and ensure you get your Extracare Bucks back. These bucks are generally good for about 3 weeks, be sure to check the use by date. Save these bucks and use them to do the same deal again a couple weeks later and you are on your way to building your stash. Once you start buying diapers on a regular basis you will also get special coupons or deals at CVS. Be sure to download the CVS app and check every Sunday morning for new deals. You should end up paying $4-5 per pack, maybe even less.
Step 4: Save even more
Want to save even more? Sign up for Swagbucks. Earn points and redeem for a CVS gift card or buy a gift card on MyGiftCardsPlus through Swagbucks and you’ll get points for purchasing the gift card, it’s like buying the discard for a discount. You can also check Raise.com and purchase a gift card at a discount.
Repeat these deals many times and soon you’ll have a stockpile like this!
Other deals to look for:
Every once in a while Target runs a great deal. Look for there to be a gift card when you spend so much money in the baby department paired with a gift card for every 2 boxes of diapers you purchase. I’ve seen this deal once in the last year and it’s the only deal that has gotten close to the price I get usually pay per diaper at CVS.