Friday, June 22, 2012

Easiest And Cheapest Way To Buy Diapers

Besides our premiums for healthcare, our biggest baby expense was the cost of diapers. Having twins also means twice the diapers, so I took my time researching the easiest and cheapest way for us to get diapers. I won't repeat the description of our situation from the last post (read it here), but we did not have the time (and sometimes did not have the ability) to make a special or late-night trip for diapers.

I had heard of from a friend and tried them first. Prices were good - the same or a little cheaper than buying from our local Wal-Mart, Kroger or Walgreens. They have free 2-day shipping on orders of $49 or more. Buying for two babies meant going through two of the largest-sized boxes of diapers each month, so our order always shipped free. regularly had online manufacturers coupons of $1 or $2 off (like the coupons you would get in the newspaper or mail) and you could also mail in your own coupons to use for purchases on the site. This worked very well and saved a lot of time and hassle - when I noticed the diapers were starting to run low, I jumped online, took less than 2 minutes to order, and two days later they would show up at the front door. No complaints at all expect that after 10-12 months, Pampers raised their prices on everything, so I started looking around and quickly found a better and even easier deal.

We are huge fans of and have been using them for diapers ever since. Amazon Mom is a free program for parents and caretakers of small children. Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as three months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, 20% off diapers and wipes which are auto-delivered to your doorstep with Subscribe & Save and other promotions geared toward parents. The Subscribe & Save program offers automatic monthly delivery of many household items. You choose how often to deliver (from one to six months) and receive a nice discount in addition to the convenience. You can space shipments out to avoid overbuying or cancel immediately after the first shipment, so it's really a no-strings-attached membership.

J and L are potty training, so instead of getting two boxes of diapers each month, I've changed it to one box of diapers and one box of pull-ups. If we're running low, an extra shipment can be sent with the same discount. A week before scheduled shipments, Amazon emails a reminder and gives the option of skipping the shipment or cancelling the subscription. This has really saved us time and frustration while providing the lowest cost for diapers.

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